Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
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Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Ojo de Agua – A Natural Spring in Vega Baja

Vega Baja has a number of natural , fresh-water springs (called manantials in Spanish). These pretty, crystal-clear pools of water are a wonderful natural resource that are beautiful to look at, and refreshing to cool off in. This one, the Manantial Ojo de Agua, is located right in a neighborhood, and they have kept is as a nice place for people to enjoy themselves.

Vega Baja is located on the north coast of Puerto Rico. The town has interesting topography, and lots of karst (limestone) rocks, from which fresh water springs up. There are a few others in this town you can visit in more “natural” settings, but this one is easily accessible, being just in a neighborhood, just a few blocks off a main road!

Ojo de Agua in Vega Baja

Our Visit

We were in Vega Baja doing a few other fun things, so we made a quick stop here to see the Ojo de Agua. It had recently been cleaned up (I hear it gets forgotten some times, and can get dirty). It was really nice, with crystal clear water, and just some natural algae growing here and there. There were lots of colorful fish swimming in it. The surrounding area was freshly painted, with a eye-catching Puerto Rican flag. We were the only ones there. I have seen pictures of lots of people in there, cooling off from the heat of the day. There are even a swing there, and food trucks on weekends and every thing!

Ojo de Agua in Vega Baja

There are sidewalks all around it, some in the shade, so you can bring a chair and watch the kids play. Right by the painted flag, you can see where the water comes up through the rock. I walked into the water. It was cool, but the cement walkway leading in was a bit slippery. So while, it looked accessible, you would really have to take care when wheeling or walking someone in. There was a rope swing on one edge … I don’t think the water is more than 3 feet deep at the most … so jumping off the rope swing might be ill-advised!

It was cute. I hope it stays clean. This is not a must visit spot, but it could be a quick stop if you are in the area.

Ojo de Agua in Vega Baja

Details

We would recommend visiting this during daylight hours.

From Route 2 in Vega Baja, turn northward onto Calle Hugo Venegas, and follow the road for about a quarter mile. which turns into Calle Amapola. Follow the road for about a quarter mile from Route 2. Note that the name of the road changes to Calle Amapola.

We are in the process of updating the maps we use on our web site. While we're working on that, you can click on the GPS coordinates below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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