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)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) 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 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. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
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
  2. 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.
  • 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.

Punta Tuna Lighthouse and Beach in Maunabo

Punta Tuna Lighthouse

On a recent, sunny Sunday, we decided to take a drive down the east coast of Puerto Rico. It is a nice drive if you go along the coast, with some great views along the way.

At the south-east corner if the island is the town of Maunabo, in which you can find the Punta Tuna Lighthouse (Faro Punta Tuna) and beach. While you can’t enter the lighthouse itself, the park and beach area are worth a stop.

The Faro Punta Tuna de Maunabo

This lovely lighthouse stands on top of a small promontary that sticks out into the sea at the south-eastern point of the island. The lighthouse was built in 1890 by the Spanish government to alert mariners of the coast. It was commissioned in 1892, and continues to be in service today.

Punta Tuna Lighthouse

The lighthouse has a small, one-story light-keeper’s house (similar to many others on the island), with 2 identical living quarters on each side, and a 49-foot octagonal tower in the center.

It had a third order Fresnel lens that was able to project light 18 nautical miles out to sea. This lens was used until the end of the 1970s, at which time it was replaced by solar lamps. The Fresnel lens remains in the tower today, though it is damaged.

Originally, a hand-wound clock mechanism was used to rotate the lights (using weights that hung from the top of the central column), but this was changed over to electric in 1939.

The lighthouse is still owned by the US Coast guard, but had fallen into disrepair. The town of Maunabo has been managing and restoring it since 2006. They would like to take ownership of it soon. They understand the historical significance and tourist potential of the lighthouse and the surrounding area. Last we went, visitors can walk around fence to see the lighthouse (just the outside, you can’t go into the actual lighthouse). It is located in a pretty little park that has great views of the water and beaches on either side of the point. We walked around outside the lighthouse, taking photos and enjoying the views and breezes. 7/21- they have repainted and have added informational signs (in Spanish) around the lighthouse and area.

A Visit to the Lighthouse

Punta Tuna Lighthouse

At one time, they used to have a little visitors center in the first building which had a bilingual leaflet with information about the lighthouse and a small museum with bilingual exhibits. It was really nice, I hope they can reopen it again someday.

A Visit to the Beach

Punta Tuna Lighthouse

The Punta Tuna Beach is accessible from just outside the gate of the lighthouse. There is a small fence-lined path that leads to the beach. This beach is natural — there are no facilities, lifeguards, nor maintenance done to the beach. Even so, it’s a very pretty beach, with a wide sandy area.

The beach is posted as a no swimming beach because the swift currents make the water unsafe. But it is great for sun bathing and long walks. You can also get some great photos of the lighthouse and rock formations from the beach.

After our picnic lunch on the beach, we were ready for more adventures along the south east corner of Puerto Rico.

Details

There is no cost to access the lighthouse park nor the beach.

The lighthouse park is technically not “open”, but you can easily walk in around the gate.

There’s really no easy, direct way to get to the lighthouse. From San Juan, you can take Route 52 down to Ponce and then take Route 53 to Maunabo, where you can pick up Road 760. Alternately, you can head east from San Juan and take Route 3 to Route 53 to Road 760. Look at the map for specific roads to take. When you finally get to the lighthouse, there is limited parking along the road and the end of Road 7760.

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