Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) 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 un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Playa Caracoles – A Cute, Cove Beach in Arecibo

Playa Caracoles is a nice, cove beach in Arecibo. It is picture-perfect, with a protected shallow area, where you can sit and enjoy the water. And if waves are high, you can see some beautiful wave breaks as they crash into the natural rock barriers that surround the cove.

Playa Caracoles (also known as La Poza de Don Guelo or Gasolina Beach) is a beach I have wanted to see for a long while. It is a lovely cove, with beautiful rock wall formations that protect it from the worst of the northern sea swells. I was never able to find a way in prior to the hurricanes in 2017. We went by post-Maria, and followed the locals to a hole in the fence at what I assume was Don Guelo’s Bar pre-Maria. The buildings in this area were damaged severely by Hurricane Maria in 2017, so many of the beach clubs and restaurants on the beach side of the street are vacant. Now, you can park on the side of the road and walk in to the right of the building at around KM 9.6 on Road 681.

Playa Caracoles

This cove beach is nice. There is a shallow wading pool (great for kids) that is protected from the deeper area by natural rocks (careful, they may be sharp). This beach area is calm in summer, but be careful with high tides or large waves. There is a large sandy area that will fill with water at super high tides. And due to it’s cove shape, rip currents could be in the deeper area outside the shallow wading pool area. You can get nice views of the Columbus statue from this beach.

There are no facilities here, but just up on the street, at the base of the statue, there is Camaleón bar where you can get some food, drinks, and restroom facilities. So bring a chair, some drinks, and enjoy the protected inner area and views!

Playa Caracoles

Details

There is no cost to use this beach. There are no facilities, and parking is along the sides of the Road 681.

Visit this beach during daylight hours.

Playa Caracoles is located on Road 681 KM 9.6 in Arecibo, almost directly across from the Columbus statue.

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