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.

Some Scenic Views in the Coastal Town of Quebradillas

Coastline in Quebradillas

If you are a nature lover, an avid photographer or anyone who just wants to make a nice pit stop on the way on your way out west, head to Quebradillas. This little town is on the north coast, as you head west, not far from Arecibo and just east of Isabela. There are beautiful beaches, but swimming is not recommended because of the rough, north coast surf.

On our recent trip to the west coast, we decided to see some of what this town had to offer. We had limited time, so we only got in a few sites — they were interesting. I do plan on going back to this area to explore some more. The photo opportunities are endless!

Our Short Visit

Playa Guajataca

We went on a Monday in mid-October, which is during low tourist season. Our first stop was at the Merendero Guajataca. This little park is located high above the water, where the views are great. It had paved walking trails through the wooded park that lead down close to the beach. This was a nice pit stop — it had restrooms, covered picnic pavilions, a nice breeze, and great ocean views. It was a welcome place for us to stretch our legs after a couple-hours’ drive from Río Grande!

To get to the park, turn at the flashing yellow light at about KM 103.2 on Route 2. You will see a sign on corner for it — turn toward water. It is just north of the Guajataca Overlook.

Next, we stopped at the Guajataca Mirador (Overlook). This scenic overlook is right on Route 2 and it offers great views of the north coast, the old train tunnel across a river in Isabela and the beach. The negative was there was road noise, and some trash there.

The overlook is located on Route 2 at KM 103.7. Look for the sign and the huge flag.

Tunel de Guajataca

After the overlook, we went down to the Tunel de Guajataca and the Playa Guajataca. 2020-2021 Volunteers have refurbished the area, making it a nicer experience! These two are right next to each other. We hadn’t eaten yet, so we set up a our picnic lunch on the beach, which was empty except for us!

The beach was lovely — lots of soft sand and it was pretty clean, too. I have read they don’t recommend swimming since the surf is rough. There were a few stray dogs on the beach which we shared our lunch with. The views were great and we got some great pictures of the surf breaking on the rocks and the tunnel.And there is some beautiful sea glass to be found!

There are no facilities at this beach, though there were some food trucks/vendors set up. Not sure if they are there everyday.

Quebradillas

After lunch, we took a walk through the tunnel. Called El Tunel Negro, this tunnel is part of the old sugarcane train route. Today, it is a great photo spot and a nice walk! It seems the tunnel is just inside the Isabela town boundary, and is also called Tunel de Guajataca (but I think both towns share the tunnel).

You walk through the short tunnel (it is not pitch black in there, but the bats and birds don’t seem to mind!). Of course the local kids thought this piece of history needed "decorations" so there is some graffiti on the walls, but it is still nice. At the end of the tunnel, there is a small cave that people enter if they have the desire and a flashlight (which we did not so we didn’t go in).

The walking path continues along the old train route about ¼ mile or so. It ends at a beach.

To get to the beach and tunnel, follow the sign on Route 2 as you go south, just after the bridge. Go down toward the water to the end where there is parking for the beach and tunnel. There is no security here, so don’t leave anything of value in the car.

Is That All There Is?

We will be back! The town was once a pirate’s hideaway, so I need to look for treasure at Puerto Hermina . We also want to visit Lago (Lake) Guajataca and check out some of the rivers for waterfalls and swimming holes.

Not too far south of Quebradillas, you can find the Guajataca Forest with its interpretive trail and la Cueva del Viento (the Cave of the Wind).

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