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)
🛒 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)
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👪 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)
🛒 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)
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Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 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
👪 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
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  • 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.
📄 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.

Exploring Wuanikí Bawá in Ceiba

11/19 You will need to find a place that rents kayaks and put them in yourselves, or Contact the Centro Turistico del Este to reserve a hiking trip

We have been wanting to see the Wuanikí Bawá or Piedra del Indio petroglyphs for many years. They are drawings of three figures, etched a monolith at the water’s edge, that are accessible only from the water. Now that the old Roosevelt Roads US Navel base is open to the public, we were able to rent kayaks and go. We rented kayaks from Blackbeard Sports (who Pre-Maria had a place near there) and spent a couple hours exploring the petroglyphs and nearby mangrove lagoon.

Roosevelt Roads was once a very active US Naval base, that was closed in 2004. The navy base occupied roughly 8700 acres of prime coastal land in Ceiba on the eastern end of Puerto Rico. The Roosevelt Roads area has everything any nature lover could want — bird watching, beaches, reefs for snorkeling, and potential areas for water sports. In addition to the “fun & games”, there are significant pre-Columbian archaeological sites.

As an ex-navy base, the majority of the area had been off limits for years. Recently (2015), much of the old base area has been opened for public enjoyment. There are a few businesses available to help you make the most of the area. We recently rented kayaks and spent a couple hours exploring.

Wuanikí Bawá Petroglyphs

The Wuanikí Bawá or Piedra del Indio petroglyphs are drawings of three figures, etched on a monolith at the water’s edge, in a bay in the old Roosevelt Roads Naval base. Since the area was off limits, we never found a way get there.

In 2015, the Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DRNA, or Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural Resources) was given “ownership” of about 70 acres of land around, and including, the Wuanikí Bawá archaeological site. They have opened a center for the preservation of the area, and occasionally give walks. But unless you are are on one of their guided hikes, no one is permitted on the land around the rock so that it remains protected. Unless you go on a guided 4 mile hike, the only way to see this historic site is by a short boat ride or an invigorating kayak trip.

Piedra del Indio Wuanikí Bawá

Our Trip to Wuanikí Bawá

Blackbeard Sports was one of the businesses operating in the Roosevelt Roads facility, but post Maria, they have closed. We put the kayaks in and went.

The kayak trip across the bay is about 1 mile, as the crow flies. The site is almost directly across the bay from the end of the long pier.

The stone stands right at water’s edge, with the carvings facing the sea. The exact reason why the native peoples made this site, and what the carvings mean, is unknown. All I know is that they are really neat!

Piedra del Indio Wuanikí Bawá

The main carvings are two “bundled babies”, which look like figures swaddled in blankets with a couple X’s on their chests. There is also a smaller carving of a third figure toward the bottom of the stone … which could be another person or a pet of some type.

There are two theories as to what or who these figures might represent. The first theory is that these figures represent two chiefs who welcomed visitors (or fellow tribesmen) arriving by sea, or wished them “safe travels” upon their departure. The second theory is that these figures represent the gods of the seas, similar to Poseidon (of Greek mythology) or Neptune (of Roman mythology).

After we took pictures of the petroglyphs, we continued kayaking into a nice mangrove area. I was amazed at how quiet it was there … just us and nature. There were birds coming and going, and fish jumping out of the water. Very nice. After floating around for a while, we paddled back across the bay to where we started.

Some Thoughts

If you are pretty good at kayaking, it will take maybe 1 hour to visit the petroglyph rock, and then get back to your starting point. Add maybe another 20-30 minutes if you want to explore the mangrove lagoon. On the trip back, you’ll be paddling against the wind, so that trip is more difficult. There is less wind if you hug the coast on the way back.If you do go to the petroglyph area, please take care to just look from the water so as to preserve this historic treasure. Don’t walk or climb on the rocks, or the area surrounding the rocks.

If you are not kayakers, you can see the rocks if you drive or walk to the end of the long pier. You’ll need binoculars or a strong zoom on your camera. But you won’t be able to see the drawings from the pier — the drawings face eastward, looking toward Vieques and the open sea.

How to go

As mentioned above, we rented our kayak from Blackbeard Sports who are no longer doing business in RR. Now we hear you can contact El Centro Ecoturístico del Este, who works with The Sierra Club and they make the occasional hiking trip. They call the tour “Mirada a la historia de la antigua base Roosevelt Roads y APRODEC”.

By kayak, allow 2 hours minimum, start to finish. On the guided hikes- It is a 2 mile hike each way…allow 4 hrs

You can call at (787) 354-6188 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the Sierra Club list of tours to check to see when next tour will be and for more information.

in the former Roosevelt Roads Naval base in Ceiba.

To get to Roosevelt Roads, follow signs to the Ceiba Airport. Once through the first gate, follow the signs. Go left at the V (away from the airport), then stop at the next guard gate and tell them where you are going.

The drive time from San Juan is about 1½ hours.

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