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.

Experience a Black Sand Beach in Maunabo

Black Sand beaches are so exotic to discover, and Puerto Rico is blessed with a number of them. One of the easiest to get to is Playa Los Bohios, located in Maunabo. Called Playa Negra or Playa Arena Negra in Spanish, these black sand beaches are rare and so worth a trip to experience them. Maunabo is on the south east coast of Puerto Rico, about 60-90 minutes from the San Juan area.

Playa Los Bohios

The black sand beaches in Puerto Rico are usually near a large river mouth. Playa Los Bohios is just north of the mouth of the Río Maunabo (and Quebrada Arenas) where it meets the Caribbean Sea. As rain erodes the rocks higher up in the mountains, the minerals that are locked in the rocks are released, and are washed down-river during rain storms. The heavy minerals (usually dark in color) settle to the ocean floor, but wave action deposits them back up on the beaches and — voilà — you have a black sand beach!

While this black sand beach is long, it is not a wide beach — there is not much beach area to set up blankets or chairs. But there are a lot of palms along the shore “dune” line and the flat parking area where you can hang out and enjoy the views. It is less than a 5-minute drive from the Punta Tuna Lighthouse, so the lighthouse is visible in the distance.

Playa Los Bohios

This beach is not a swimming beach — it is rough, it has rip currents, and there are no lifeguards — but surfers enjoy it. There are no facilities, so you need to bring everything you need with you. I found it to be more of an nice place to go, enjoy the view, maybe have a picnic lunch, and then go on and see other things in the area. Great photos and the leaning palms make this black sand beach especially Instagramable.

When we went in March, there was a lot of wave action, and the beach sand was dark black. However, be aware that the wave and weather conditions can change the make-up of the sand, so it may be much less black or even just the normal golden sand color at times. But have the kids bring a magnet — the black sand should be magnetic!

The town does provide trash cans, but they often get filled to overflowing, so please take your trash with you. It is an easy beach to reach, as it is just steps off the driveway/parking area. You will notice much of the packed sand of the higher area is also black! be careful as the black sand will be hotter on sunny days than lighter colored sand, and I find that black sand “sticks” to your skin and towels more than lighter colored sand.

Playa Los Bohios

Details

There is no fee to access this beach.

Visit this beach during daylight hours.

There are no facilities at this beach.

This beach is just off Road 760 in Maunabo. There is a sign with the name of the beach (Playa Los Bohios) on Road 760 where you turn into the parking area. Park on the hard-packed sand.

Playa Los Bohios is about a 60-90 minute drive from the San Juan area.

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