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)
🍔 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.
👪 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
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
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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.

Try Some Puerto Rican Moonshine Rum

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PitoRico Rum

Moonshine, White Lightning, Hooch, Tennessee White Whiskey — call it what you will. Every culture has its own version of people using backyard stills to make high-proof, distilled spirits from locally-grown ingredients … often illegally. Puerto Rico is no exception. Here, people ferment molasses, and distill it to produce “moonshine rum” locally called pitorro or cañita, which is often 85-95-proof (45 or 48% alcohol). But they taste rough and burn something awful going down!

Sol Taino Distillery (formally Destilería Cruz) produces a brand of legal pitorro, called PitoRico, that is available plain or in various local fruit flavors. Their factory is in Jayuya, and the public is welcome to stop by to see them making it, have a taste of local moonshine or their other artisan spirits, and pick up a few bottles to take back home.

Background

Distilling alcohol is actually a simple process, and it has been practiced around the globe for many thousands of years. There have always been a number of people in Puerto Rico that have backyard stills that make pitorro using local sugar cane and molasses. It is part of traditional Puerto Rican holiday celebrations, especially around Christmas, and is used in local Coquito recipes.

PitoRico Rum

This Puerto Rican tradition and process was the idea that led Destilería Cruz to create their PitoRico line of premium handcrafted rum. They use the same ingredients and old home-brewed recipe of fermenting molasses. But instead of a clandestine backyard still, they have a state-of-the-art distillery, and they produce their rums to meet the regulations required by local and federal agencies.

They have improved upon the “backyard still” process so that their rums taste good, and you can actually enjoy drinking them! Since they don’t age their fruit pitorro, it legally can’t be labeled as “Puerto Rican Rum”. But make no mistake about it, this “premium handcrafted rum” is 100% Boricuan! They now also make aged rums, under their Sol Taino name, both clear and gold rums, all delicious.

Our Tour

First off, Sol Taino Distillery is not the easiest place to get to. It’s in Jayuya, which is in the mountains pretty much in the middle of island. But we happened to be sorta out that way, so decided we would check out the distillery. Currently, it is a small operation, so the tour is quick, but tasty!

PitoRico Rum

There is no need to make a reservation (but you can if you want). You just show up at their scheduled tours hours and someone should be available to talk you through the process. They have a beautiful still, all shiny copper and clean-looking.

Our guide only spoke Spanish, though there is usually someone there who speaks English, but he was not available that day. She explained the whole process to us, starting with the fermentation of the molasses and water, the distillation of the alcohol, the “curing” of the alcohol, and the final processing. For their flavored artisanal rums, they blend in local fruit flavors.

Of course, pitorro right from the still is about 90% alcohol by volume, but for this rum to be sold legally (and to make it actually enjoyable to drink), that needs to be brought down to about 40% alcohol (80-proof).

Behind the distilling and mixing tanks was an area for bottling, capping, labeling, and packing their rums. At the time we went, they weren’t actually producing any rum, so we didn’t get to see the factory floor in action. But she said they would soon be gearing up for larger production runs as they start exporting it to US markets.

PitoRico Rum

After hearing about their process, we were offered tastes of each of their products. The original pitorro that is un-aged and unflavored is “strong” and hard to drink, but it is not really meant to drink straight (and it is probably a bit stronger than the 40% labeled!). It is usually mixed with fruit in a large jug and left to cure for a few months, producing a delicious fruity rum drink.

But they also have different flavors, all made with real locally grown fruits. These are much smoother and yummy, with flavors like passion fruit, coconut, tamarind, anis, and orange. They now also make clear, gold, spiced rums under the Cruz Taino label. .

They sell all their rums and a few other branded items (shirts, etc) right there. We choose a few bottles to take home for future enjoyment! Their rums are available at most stores locally, and the company tries to be present at most of the local food/drink fairs and shows around the island.

Remember to drink responsibly, and never drink & drive.

Details

PitoRico Rum

You can visit between 1p- 5pm Wed- Sat for tastings. They offer free tours Thursdays at 3:30p, 4:30p, & 5:00PM and Fridays: 1:30p, 2:30p, 3:30p & 4:30PM The tour take about 20 minutes. Reservations not required, but you might want to make sure an English-speaking guide is there if that’s important to you.

You can call 939-227-3300 or email admin@soltainospirits.com for more information.

You can visit the PitoRico web site or the PitoRico Facebook page for more information.

The distillery is located at Carretera 141R (Desvio Norte #5141) KM 0.7, Barrio Jayuya Abajo in Jayuya.

There are two ways to get to the distillery from the San Juan area. One is take Route 22 west. Exit onto Road 149 south. Continue on Road 149, until slight right onto Road 533. Continue on Road 533, until slight left onto Calle Guillermo Esteves/PR-141. Take to PR-141R (business route). The distillery will be on the left.

Another way to get there from San Juan is Route 52 south to exit for Route 10 west. Then slight right onto Camino Los Banch. Turn left onto PR-503. Turn right onto Ruta Panorámica/PR-143. Continue onto PR-144. Turn left onto Camino Santa Barbara. Slight right onto PR-141R. The distillery will be on the right.

The PitoRico distillery is about 1 hour 45 minutes from San Juan. It’s probably only worth the trip if you’ll be in the area for another activity.

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