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.

Connect with Nature at a Coastal Nature Reserve in Maunabo

There is something so peaceful about walking around in a nature reserve. The Reserva Natural Humedal Punta Tuna (Punta Tuna Wetlands Nature Reserve) offers many trails and ecosystems to enjoy. It’s a wonderful place for photography, bird watching, getting some exercise, or just relaxing. Let me tell you about it!

Punta Tuna Wetlands Reserve

The Punta Tuna Wetlands Nature Reserve is located in the town of Maunabo, on the south east coast of Puerto Rico. It consists of about 110 acres of land, and a number of different trails/paths with informational signs (mostly in Spanish) about the plants and animals you may see along the way. The trail head signs (with trail lengths) were bilingual. It is located on the coast, right next door to the Punta Tuna lighthouse — it is a beautiful location. There is over a mile of beach for walking, and there are a couple of picnic pavilions for you to enjoy .

No swimming at this beach! There are dangerous rip currents and undertow year-round.

Punta Tuna Wetlands Reserve

It is a nature reserve, so you can walk, jog, take photos, bird-watch, etc. Lots of flora and fauna, we saw a bunch of birds, butterflies, and lizards. It is a sanctuary for land crabs, and marine turtle use the beach for nesting. As you walk the trails, you never know what you will see! There is also a lookout tower on the east end with some nice views. The Punta Tuna lighthouse is at the western end of the nature reserve. Probably the best picture of the light house you will get is taken from this beach, looking up at the lighthouse on top of the beautiful rocks.

Punta Tuna Wetlands Reserve

There are a few different ecosystems in this park, beach (Playa Larga), wetlands (both fresh water and salt water), grasslands, etc. Sadly, it looks like Hurricane Maria destroyed the mangrove area, but I am sure it will eventually make a comeback.

We went in June, and honestly, even with the breeze, it was hot on the inner trails! So bring plenty of water. We didn’t notice any bugs, but it is possible they could be problematic sometimes. And it is peaceful … we only saw one other couple there at the picnic table at the beginning of the trail. It was like having the whole place to ourselves!

Punta Tuna Wetlands Reserve

An Accessible Nature Reserve

Another great thing about this reserve is the way they laid it out — it is accessible, so there are areas that even people in wheel chairs or with physical, vision, or hearing limitations could enjoy. The Verada del Cayur was built especially for the blind and wheelchairs — there are audio tapes and tactile materials available, and even some special wheelchairs to help roll in some sand. Even the educational signs have the information compressed into a QR code, which (with a QR code reader/audio app on your phone or device from the center) can be heard by blind people. You can read more about the accessibility improvements on the DRNA website.

There is a visitors center called Casa Verde at KM 0.9 on Road 7760 (the far western end of the park). That is where we parked. If you contact them, they can possibly make a guided tour and orient you to what accessible options are available.

Punta Tuna Wetlands Reserve

Details

There is no cost to access the nature reserve.

The nature reserve is open 8am to 5pm, every day.

No facilities inside the reserve. Restrooms are available in Casa Verde, if it is open.

You can call Casa Verde at 787-861-0387 or 939-329-3131 to get more information.

There is a Facebook page with more information.

The “main entrance”, and the beginning of a few trails, is located toward the middle of the reserve. The reserve gate is closed for vehicular traffic, but you can walk in.

The reserve is located on Road 7760 in Maunabo. The visitor center (Casa Verde) is at KM 0.9, while the “main entrance” to the reserve is located at KM 0.5 on Road 7760.

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