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
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📄 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.

Search for Pirates at Playa Puerto Hermina

1/21- this beach and area is open.

Playa Puerto Hermina

If you are looking for a nice diversion in the north-west part of Puerto Rico, Playa Puerto Hermina might just fit the bill.

This oceanfront area is a perfect spot for relaxing on the beach, or under a shady picnic pavilion, and just enjoying the beautiful scenery. It has historical ruins, soft sand, waves for surfing or body boarding, beautiful rock formations, and natural areas to explore.

I think I could spend hours here, just checking it out and relaxing. Located in Quebradillas, Playa Puerto Hermina is easy to find and worth a visit.

Playa Puerto Hermina

The town of Quebradillas is about 2 hours west of San Juan. This oceanfront town has a history with pirates, and you will find lots of pirate references — from murals around town to the town’s sports teams.

You will also find Playa Puerto Hermina, which supposedly has the pirate Roberto Cofresi’s hideout on it. But don’t be fooled, there is more to Playa Puerto Hermina than just the ruins of a pirate’s lair.

Our Visit

Getting to Playa Puerto Hermina is easy — we just followed the signs from town. The beach is at the end of Road 4485, and the road makes a couple very steep curves in order to get down the hill to the water. Once you get down to the water level, you’ll find parking.

The beach areas along the whole north-west area are prone to smash and grab petty theft. Be sure to leave nothing of value in the car, and even consider leaving the car unlocked.

Once parked, you can grab a picnic gazebo, or follow the cement path (on foot) to the east to the beach area.

Beach — The beach area here is not long (along the waterfront), but the sand goes back toward the trees a couple 100 feet from the water … there is lots of sand! The day that we went, there was a nice breeze, even in the back of the beach near the trees. The water is crystal clear, but not always safe for swimming due to waves and rip currents. Surfing is good here much of the year.

Playa Puerto Hermina

In the back of the sandy area, near the trees, there are paths you can explore into this lush green area, there is even little stream.

Ruins & Hideouts — On the path to the beach you will pass some small caves and the ruins of a building. Supposedly, this is the remains of the pirate Roberto Cofresi’s hideout. But, it looks much newer and better built than something a pirate would have constructed back in 1820. I read it was actually only about 60 years old and once served a much more mundane purpose, but you never know! Kids would have a ball playing pirate here and around the caves.

Playa Puerto Hermina

Oceanfront — Other than that one beach area, the oceanfront is rugged rocks. Beautiful and great photo ops as the waves crash onto them.

There are a number of benches set up along the rocky areas with fishing rod holders set into the rocks. A couple guys were fishing the day we went. But you can also sit here and watch for whales (in season, January to March or the sunset (every evening!).

Other Things to See Here — Right across the street from the picnic pavilions is an Indian head carved out of rock (La Cabeza del Indio). The pavilions themselves have been painted with cute murals and designs. All in all, there are endless photo opportunities and a lovely, relaxing setting.

Details

Playa Puerto Hermina

Note that there is only one road that leads to this beach. It’s a thin two-way road, and when it is busy (probably weekends and during summer) it must be crazy and impossible to find a parking spot (let alone drive up/down the curved road). Be careful when going up and down that steep hill with blind curves!

There is a local group that sponsors regular beach clean up days, and they are doing a great job. The whole area was very clean and beautiful. Please help keep it that way — pack in, pack out!

From “downtown” Quebradillas, take Road 2 to Road 485 east, to Road 4485 north. Follow Road 4485 to the end.

Don’t be fooled by Google Maps which shows that you can get from Road 113 (Calle Panoramica) to Road 4485. This road is closed because Puente Blanco is no longer usable. This old railway bridge, dating from 1922, is deteriorating and is closed to traffic. The bridge is on the National Register of Historic Places and has beautiful arches (which you need to be down into the canyon to really see and appreciate). We found it all overgrown and impossible to get a good photo of this picturesque bridge, but the canyon that it spans offers a beautiful view between the mountains to the sea.

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