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.

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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