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.

Blend up a Pina Colada for the Taste of Vacation

Pina Colada

When someone says Piña Colada, you immediately picture a frosty drink with tropical fruit hanging off the edge of the glass. It is cool, delicious, and sweet. It is the "national" drink of Puerto Rico, and is available just about everywhere here — beaches, roadside stands, restaurants, and bars — con ron (with rum) or sin ron (without rum).

Although there is no disagreement that Puerto Rico is the birthplace of the Piña Colada, exactly who invented it is a bit of a controversy. If you are in Old San Juan, you will pass a plaque outside Barrachina’s that states that the Piña Colada was invented in their restaurant in 1963 by Ramón Portas Mingot. However, the widely-held belief is that the Caribe Hilton bartender Ramón "Monchito" Marrero was the real creator of the drink in 1954. I don’t know which bartender should get the credit, all I know is that the Piña Colada is a hugely popular drink, and it tastes great!

Pina Colada

There are a number of variations to the recipe, but all have rum, pineapple juice and coconut. The Spanish name piña colada translates literally to strained pineapple. The original Puerto Rican recipes from both bartenders uses 1 part rum and then 3 parts pineapple juice to 1 part coconut, thus the name emphasis on the pineapple.

You can play around with different recipes until you find your favorite. Personally I like a little more coconut flavor and I also like adding pieces of pineapple to the blender for some chunks — yummy, but that kind of deviates from the colada part of the name!

Piña Colada Recipe

Our favorite recipe is a bit of a deviation from the recipe on the Coco Lopez can (I find their recipe increases the coconut and sweetness factor a bit too much):

  • 4 oz Coco Lopez cream of coconut (not to be confused with coconut milk, or coconut water)
  • 7 oz pineapple juice
  • 3 oz clear rum
  • 2 cups ice

Mix all ingredients in a blender until the ice is crushed. Garnish with cherry and pineapple wedge. This makes two glasses. If you make it a virgin Piña Colada (without the rum) add more ice and/or some water to dilute the sweetness.

So get out your blender and whip yourself up a batch of Piña Coladas and get in a Puerto Rican state of mind! We always supply our guests at Coqui’s Hideaway with the fixings for a few batches … just to get their vacation off to a good start!

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink & drive.

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