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.

¿Dónde Está el Baño?

Banos Sign

You have decided to spend the day on a DIY walking tour of Old San Juan. You’re visiting forts & museums, doing a little shopping, sampling some local treats from the street vendors, and just generally enjoying all that the old city has to offer. And then it happens — maybe to you, maybe to one of your kids — nature calls! And the immediate next thought is where am I going to find a restroom?

You might think this is a strange topic to be writing about. But, admit it — it’s happened to you at least once while you were in a strange place. When you are out and about in Old San Juan, and nature calls (and she will!) this list of restroom locations will come in handy! You can thank me later.

First Things First

Banos Sign

When you get to the door of the restroom, it may not say Men or Women. Here in Puerto Rico, most of the Ladies’ rooms will say Damas or Mujeres, while the Men’s rooms will say Caballeros or Hombres. Also, throughout Puerto Rico (and especially in Old San Juan), much of the plumbing is old and gets clogged easily. They usually ask that you throw the toilet tissue (and any feminine products ) in the waste basket by the toilet. Sometimes there’s a sign. Oftentimes there’s just a waste basket next to the toilet. It may seem weird to you, but go along with it. You don’t want to be the one who stopped up the toilets!

The List

Here’s a list of semi-public restrooms in Old San Juan. All of these are open only during normal business hours.

Banos Sign

  • At the new SJ Visitor’s Center on Comercio St- the peach building by the Tapia Theater (behind on Cristobal Plaza) just off of Recinto Sur– Clean.
  • At the Marshall’s on 154 Calle Rafael Cordero (on Plaza de Armas)– the bathrooms are located on the second floor. Clean.
  • At the Pier 2 Ferry Terminal on PR-1, Calle Marina – the bathrooms are located right past the entrance on either side. Decently clean early on, but gets worse as day progresses.
  • At the Bahia Urbana on Calle Marina – the bathrooms are located on the north side (by the parking area) of Cafe Ocho. Clean!
  • Along the Paseo de la Princesa there is a little bathroom with an attendant. It costs 50¢, but it is always clean!
  • Next to the Princesa building (on Paseo de la Princesa) is another small building (looks like an old carriage house). The left side door leads to the bathrooms. Free, always clean. You get there by going into the Puerto Rico Tourism building, past the art exhibits, into the courtyard and then take a left and walk all the way down.
  • Outside of El Morro fort on right side, down the hill a bit, is a little building with a store and bathroom. Clean during the week, might get a bit dirty on the weekend. $0.25 .
  • Inside the Forts (both El Morro and San Cristobal). These are clean bathrooms with great views! But you need to pay the fort admission fee to get in to use them.
  • The Ballaja building on Calles Norzagaray and Del Morro has a bathroom on the ground floor. Clean, free.
  • In the National Gallery building (entrance is in the corner, on the corner of Calles Cristo and San Sebastian), Located on the ground floor. Clean, free. This building is now closed.
  • In the Bus Terminal building on Corretejer Street. NOT clean, but free and open until 10pm or so. Will do in a pinch.
  • By El Convento Hotel, on Cristo Street — though usually reserved for restaurant patrons, no one will stop you from using these: Just outside the front door of the restaurant to the left there is a hallway. Nice clean bathroom there.
  • The San Juan the Baptist Cathedral on Cristo Street across from El Convento also has bathrooms that you could use. They ask for a donation at the main entrance.
  • The parking garages on Recinto Sur (Doña Fela and the Galeria Paseo Portuario building) have bathrooms. You may need to ask for the key. I was surprised it was clean.

There are bathrooms in a few other places that, if you ask, they will let you use. Try the School of Plastic Arts or some of the other museums. The school and most of the little museums are free, so tour around in them while you are there!

If all else falls, stop in at any restaurant or bar, order a beverage of choice, and then use their restroom. It is hot in Old San Juan, so you should probably be hydrating anyway!

And sometimes, when you gotta go, finding a restroom is priceless!

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