Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 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)
πŸ›’ 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.
🍺 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)
πŸ” 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.
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
πŸ›’ 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)
🏨 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)
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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ 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
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
🚒 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)
✈️ 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.
✈️ 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.
πŸ“„ 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.

Visit a Pterocaprus Forest Inside Palmas del Mar

Palmas Del Mar in Humacao is known as a luxury resort community with a beautiful homes, a golf course, marina, equestrian center, restaurants, hotels, and other lovely amenities. Many of these amenities are available for the general public to use. One of the newest amenities (and it is FREE!) is a really nice nature walk through the Pterocaprus Forest (or El Bosque de Pterocarpus). This nature area, with its raised walkway through the wet/marshy pterocarpus forest gives you a nice, clean, dry way to enjoy the forest, and to bird watch.

Palmas Pterocaprus Forest

This forested area is a gift to the world, courtesy of the Palmas del Mar Homeowners’ Association (PHA), who purchased the abandoned 50-acre swampy land. Operating as the “Friends of the Pterocarpus Forest” (PHA Pterocarpus Forest, Inc.), they have worked to make it a wonderful recreation area. They cleared out garbage, invasive weeds, and the old dilapidated boardwalk. They installed a new metal boardwalk, which is stroller and wheelchair friendly. The boardwalk covers ΒΎ of a mile through the forest. They also installed a bunch of bilingual educational signs about the flora and fauna of the area all along the walkway.

There is also an observation tower, a gazebo, and play area for the kids. There is a pretty little “pond”, and they have future plans to put a bridge over to the small island in the middle. The area is clean, and there are restrooms, too.

Palmas Pterocaprus Forest

When we went (mid-day, mid-week), we were the only ones there. It was peaceful and quiet, yet full of nature sounds (loads of birds calling). For people who don’t know, the pterocarpus tree (locally referred to as the palo de pollo) is a large tree that makes beautiful buttress roots as it grows. It was a magical place, and great for photography nuts. We were amazed there were no mosquitoes! It was cooler in the forest too, which was nice!

Palmas Pterocaprus Forest

Details

There is no fee to visit the forest.

The forest is open 6am to 6pm, daily. Closed on Christmas and New Years Day. They offer guided group tours in Spanish with previous reservation. Check their web page’s “visit us” ink for more info.

You need to stop at guard gate at Palmas del Mar entrance, give them your basic info, and tell them you are going to the forest. They gave us directions and a map!

Allow an hour or so to enjoy the forest.

You can call them at 787-285-6425 for more information.

You can visit their website for more information.

Once inside the gate at Palmas del Mar (which is Palmas Drive), turn left at the second street onto Country Club Drive. At the second traffic circle, turn right (ΒΌ of way around) onto Nursery Drive (the Iglesia CatΓ³lica La Sagrada Familiar church will be on the corner). Then turn right into the parking lot after the church parking lot, by the administration offices. The entrance to the forest path is in the back right corner of the parking lot.

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