Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces ๐Ÿ˜ท Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ›’ All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
๐Ÿบ Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ” ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿ›’ The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
๐Ÿจ In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 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. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 2022)
โ›ต 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 13 Jan 2022)
๐ŸŸ๏ธ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
๐Ÿšข All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. 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.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
โœˆ๏ธ 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.
๐Ÿ“„ ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Tour a French Mansion – The Palacete Los Moreau

Palacete los Moreau

This one was a surprise find for us — a French coffee hacienda in Puerto Rico! The Old Labadie House or the Palacete los Moreau is located in the town of Moca, in the north-west part of Puerto Rico. This lovely, old house has been turned into a museum, and they offer great, informative tours about the house and the people who lived there. What a wonderful piece of Puerto Rican history and a local treasure. I thought it was really worth a visit.

History of Palacete los Moreau

In the early-mid 1800s, when Spain wanted to increase development in Puerto Rico, the Spanish government offered incentives to foreigners to come to the island and start businesses. The original owners of this property, 3 brothers of the Peugeot (Pellot) family, came from France and purchased 1285 acres of land in Moca.

They started growing coffee, sugar cane, cutting lumber on the property, and raising cattle and various crops and animals for household use. It was a large and prosperous endeavor for a number of years. Of course, as was typical at that time, they had many slaves to help work the land.

Their caretaker, Mr. Juan Labadie (or Labaddie) (also from France), eventually bought the property from the brothers in 1860. He married a mulato woman named Cornelia, who was the illegitimate daughter of one of the original French owners and a freed slave. They continued to run the property and did very well. When Juan died in 1893, she continued to run the property and began construction on the house that is there today.

Palacete los Moreau

The large, 2-story mansion, built over a period of 12 years, looks like a French chateau. Cornelia used the first floor for business. The upper floor was used as the family’s living quarters. After the markets fell in the early-mid 20th century, the house was abandoned and eventually vandalized. In 1993, the town of Moca purchased the house and 100 acres of land, and have restored it to its former glory.

Back in it’s hayday, a local author, Enrique Laguerre, was a frequent guest at the mansion. The house and family inspired him to write a fictional novel called La Llamarada, in which he named the family who lived in the house Los Moreau. When the town of Moca acquired the property, they renamed it after the characters in Laguerre’s novel as an honor. Enrique Laguerre is interred on the property as per his final wishes.

The Tour of the House

What can I say? I really enjoyed it. I think this was one of the best tours we have been on here in Puerto Rico. Our tour guide was so earnest and excited about the house, its history and all the things the town is doing for the people — his enthusiasm was infectious! I fell in love with this house and the story!

Even though our guide did not speak perfect English, he did a great job of telling the story of the people and the property. He answered all of our questions, he had ghost stories, and explanations for things that could easily be overlooked — like the stained glass windows and the back stairs. I hope you al get a great guide…it really made the place come alive.

Palacete los Moreau

They allow you to walk through the house and the grounds and take all the pictures you want. There is even an original sugar cane train engine that transported the sugar cane from the fields to the ships or processing places.

Our guide told us about a film that was made at the house, in 1968 called Mulato. I was able to locate the film and view it at the Nacional Archivos here in PR. Since it was filmed before the vandalism, the town of Moca was able to use it as a reference when restoring the house.

Moca has done great things with this place. There is a library & computer room downstairs that local children can make use of after school for studying and using the internet. They offer the free tours to everyone. You can come and take your wedding photos on the grounds for a small fee. Every year they have a few fairs and family days on the property, so people can enjoy the place. And some of the land is even being farmed. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Hacienda Iruena Manor House.

The Details

Palacete los Moreau

Touring the house and property is free of charge. They don’t even accept donations or tips, since the property is managed by the town of Moca and the guides are municipal employees.

Open Mon- Friday

Allow an hour or 2.

check Their Facebook page for more info

You can call them at 787-830-4475 just to double check if they’re open and if tours are available the day you want to go.

Driving directions: Take Route 2 to KM 115.5 and get onto Route 464 south. Continue on Route 464 to KM 2.6, where you’ll turn right (there’s a Ruben Mini Mart on the corner). Then follow the signs.

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