Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ Tour operators may require proof of vaccination or negative test results to participate. Check with the operator to make sure you have what they require.
Events, Stadiums & Theaters (updated 18 Apr 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚒 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR must have a negative molecular or antigen COVID test performed within 48 hours before disembarking in PR. All passengers and crew who test positive, or have been in close contact to someone who has tested positive, will not be permitted to disembark in Puerto Rico, regarless of vaccination status.
Air Travelers Arriving in Puerto Rico (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
β€’ The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
β€’ All INTERNATIONAL air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, must show (before boarding flight to the US) a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the US. This applies to all travelers, 2 years old and up, flying from INTERNATIONAL (outside of the US) destinations. Flights between Puerto Rico and the States are domestic flights, so this does not apply to travelers arriving in Puerto Rico from the States.

In Search of Great Views in Naranjito

Las Cataratas in Naranjito

Sometimes, finding off-the-beaten-path things to do leads to great discoveries. And, other times, it doesn’t work out as planned. Lots of our adventures come about from some serious research for basic information and the general location of possibly interesting things on my part, and lots of stopping for directions and U-turns on Ray’s part.

One Sunday, we took a drive in Naranjito to find some exciting new waterfalls and amazing views. It turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.

But, I guess, a day exploring a pretty mountain town is better than a day working in an office!

Our Quest

We set out for the town of Naranjito to find Las Cataratas (also called Las Lagrimas), a waterfall not far from the road. On this Sunday, driving north on Route 152, at about KM 14 or 15, we found some very popular and busy lechoneras (where you could stop and get some delicious roasted pig with all the trimmings). But we wanted beautiful sites, not food, so we pressed onward.

We knew you could see the falls from a restaurant with the same name at KM 18.2 on Route 152.

Unfortunately, it turns out, the falls are only visible from the restaurant (and a few other beside it) and in their parking lot. We talked to the bartender, and he said there really isn’t a way down to the base of the falls. So we could only stand inside the building and catch a distant view of the waterfall.

We knew there was a mirador only a minute farther down Route 152, just past the falls. We figured we might be able to see the falls and the river from there. So that was our next stop.

Called Mirador Las Lagrimas, it seems to have a view of … wait for it … nothing. Kind of odd.

Maybe, years ago, the trees were smaller and you could see something. But now … it is just some tree tops and the back of the restaurants! But it has some picnic tables, so we sat and ate our lunch, while we watched the traffic on Route 152.

Naranjito

We then tried in vain to find the Mirador Los Anones. The bartender told us it had great views of the northern coast. He gave us the general directions, and from there, we went back and forth trying to find something. After stopping for directions about 4 times, we think we found it (GPS coordinates below). But the building was closed, so we couldn’t go in to see the view.

But there are some great views of the north coast up in this area, if you can find a safe place to stop on these small roads to snap some pictures.

The town has a few other sites — they have a neat looking suspended bridge “Puente Atirantado JesΓΊs Izcoa Moure”, and, in the main plaza, the church has beautiful statues. But we had to get home, so we couldn’t do everything. Getting out of Naranjito and back to the San Juan area is a bit of a trek, so resign yourself to it and just enjoy the scenery!

Though this day was kinda a bust, it doesn’t dissuade us from continuing to find new things to do on the island!

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