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.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
⛵ 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)
👪 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
📄 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)
📄 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)
• 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)
• 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.

Ojo de Buey, a Natural Oddity

Ojo de Buey

Ray and I explore at lot of places in Puerto Rico, and I love it when we find something unusual that is relatively unknown. I really enjoy seeing nature’s artistry, and the north coast of Puerto Rico offers many great examples of what the forces of nature can do.

One that we recently found is Ojo de Buey (or Bull’s eye in English). Over time, the rain, wind, and waves have sculpted this shape of an ox head on this little piece of rocky coast in Dorado.

This natural oddity has been a special place for hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of years. You may want to do a little exploring and check it out for yourself!

Some Background

Dorado, which is a resort town on the north coast of Puerto Rico, is known for its resorts and golf courses. But it has a local history that starts long before the resorts, or even Columbus, arrived in Puerto Rico. The La Plata river, and the land around it, supported many generations of inhabitants. Right at the mouth of the river, where it meets the ocean, is where you’ll find the Ojo de Buey.

Ojo de Buey

This natural rock formation, eroded by nature into the shape of an ox or bull’s head, seems to have been a special place to the indigenous people. Archaeological exploration in the area has unearthed a number of pre-Columbian artifacts.

I am not sure what the pre-Columbian people thought of the rock, but I think it makes for a great stop if you are in the area and makes a great photo op. If you want to make a nice picnic lunch stop, there are some seaside picnic tables that you can use.

Archaeological Discoveries

If you are interested in the archaeology of the area, you can make a stop in the Museo de Arte e Historia de Dorado, just off of the Dorado town plaza (a few doors down from the church).

Ojo de Buey

An archaeological dig was conducted in the area surrounding the Ojo de Buey in 1984. The museum houses the collection of items recovered during that dig, which includes pottery fragments, bone, tools, and jewelry fragments, as well as the skeletal remains of "La India", a young female who died during the Early Ostionoid (Pre-Taino, AD 600 – 1200) period.

The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 3:30pm.

Getting There

Ojo de Buey

Once in the Dorado area, take Road 693 to Road 698 to Calle 13. Continue to the end of the road, where you’ll see an archway with the beach beyond. You can park by the arch and walk the rest of the way. Walk down the beach (around the little bay) and follow the trail up and to the left. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can drive through the arch, onto the beach and as far as you feel comfortable driving in the sand. There is a small blacktop parking area at about the ½-way point. Once you walk to up the short trail, you’ll see the ox rock down closer to the water. The rocks are sharp, so wear appropriate shoes. The picnic tables are down the trail near the ox head.

It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Dorado from the San Juan area.

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