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.

Our 6 Favorite Things To See on an Easy Road Trip

We do a lot of exploring in Puerto Rico in order to write about things for our site. Those days of exploration take a lot of planning, especially when we are trying to find someplace new. Some days, we don’t feel like planning and exploring … we just want to take it easy and enjoy some of our favorite places on the island. We have a few different lazy day road trips we like to take, but, for us, the mid-island north coast is always a winner. We have a few usual stops that we enjoy again and again. Let me tell you about them.

We usually start to driving to the farthest point on our road trip, and then take our time heading back toward home, stopping along the way depending on what we feel like, and how much daylight time we have left.

For this road trip, we start out with a drive to Arecibo along Route 22, then get off onto Route 10 east, and then start working our way back eastward along the coast on Route 681. For us, the drive to Arecibo from San Juan is about 1 hour, so not too long of a drive. We like to stop for lunch along the way, either at a panaderia (to get sandwiches to eat on the beach) or for a nice sit down meal. We can recommend Salitre Meson Costero on Road 681 … the food is good, but slow, so you get a chance relax while looking at the ocean.

Pozo del Obispo

Our first stop is usually Pozo del Obispo. It is so pretty, with the lighthouse to the west. In the summer, swimming is lovely. In the winter (no swimming!), it is great to watch the huge waves crash onto the beach and rocks.

After spending some time at the beach, we head east on Road 681 to Cueva del Indio. There are parking lots (for a fee) to safely park, it is such a pretty area, the photos are amazing … it’s well worth the price to park. We enjoy walking eastward along the arches and beaches adjacent to the cave area.

Cueva del Indio

Continuing east on Route 681, you will pass the Birth of the New World monument, that you can easily see from the road. It is 360-foot bronze sculpture that commemorates the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage. Lots of issue with opening the park and parking around it, so mainly just park and snap a photo from the road. .

North West Road Trip

Continuing east on Route 681, you’ll pick up Route 684 east which you’ll follow as it turns southward into the town of Barceloneta. You take that into the center of Barceloneta, where you’ll make your way to Route 2, near the Outlet Mall. If shopping is your thing, you can stop at the mall (where you will probably spend the rest of the day). From Route 684, you can make a quick detour to check out the Plazuela Central Sugar Mill, before heading for Route 2.

Mar Chiquita

In any case, once you get to Route 2, you’ll need to head east until you come Route 685 north (where you’ll turn left). You’ll follow Route 685 north to the coast in ManatΓ­. Mar Chiquita is a must-see stop along the way. Besides being so pretty, I love hunting for sea glass here. Note that Mar Chiquita is safe for swimming in the summer, and good to watch huge waves crash (no swimming) in the winter.

Playa Puerto Nuevo

From Mar Chiquita, you can continue east along Route 685 to Route 686 east, and pass a few places that have nice views, and get a drink or something to eat. Next, we usually stop at Playa Puerto Nuevo. This beach area has a “pool” area for swimming year-round, and the huge waves that crash over the rock wall are amazing. If you’re into hunting sea glass, you’ll usually find some at this beach.

To head east toward San Juan from Playa Puerto Nuevo, you need to get back onto Route 2. You can get to Route 2 by taking Route 686 south.

For us, Playa Puerto Nuevo would usually be the end of our day. We would make our way to Route 22, and zip back toward home. But if you still have some energy (and daylight) left, head toward Playa Cerro Gordo via Route 688 to Route 690. We love walking to the right of the beach, up the hill and take the trails along the waters edge.

If you go to Playa Cerro Gordo, you can take Route 690 back to Route 22 to head back toward San Juan. If you want to take a more leisurely drive on Route 693 to Route 165, through Dorado, along the coast, and into CataΓ±o, before heading to San Juan.

North West Road Trip

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