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.

Chill Like a Local in El Río

El Yunque National Forest is full of rivers and waterfalls. As many people have come to appreciate, rivers offer great places to jump into and cool off as they make their way to the ocean. The Río Mameyes (Mameyes River) is a beautiful river that runs down from high in El Yunque National Forest. As it gets to the flat “Palmer” area in Río Grande, the river is known locally as Río la Poza. Here, you will find La Poza del Angel — a nice, deep swimming area surrounded by green areas for picnics and general enjoyment.

Rio Mameyes

In this age of internet, there are not many “secret” places left these days. And finding “secret spots” is not hard to do on weekends, especially in the summer. If the place is really popular with the locals, just look for where all the cars are parked on the side of the road! We have gone by this particular place a lot, and assumed it was “just a river”. Sometimes, it just pays to stop and check something out!

As it turns out, hidden behind the brush on this one section of the Mameyes River, there is a secret swimming hole. The river has been dammed up a bit to help make this nice deep area — perfect for swimming and jumping off the conveniently situated boulder!

This river is subject to flash floods. Be aware of the weather up in El Yunque National Forest. Rivers are not a safe place to be during bad weather.

From Road 191, there is a dirt path that sneaks behind the trees along the river edge. It can be muddy and slippery. Walk upriver until you see the Poza. You have to cross the (normally ankle-deep) river to get there, and walk on some rocks while doing it. I found those rocks not to be slippery at all.

Rio Mameyes

We went on a Sunday afternoon in June, and the place was packed with people hanging out and enjoying the river. I am sure that on weekdays, especially during other seasons, it is not busy at all. I don’t know how deep the Poza it is (we weren’t dressed for swimming), but people were jumping (even diving!) into the pool. I would recommended checking out the depth for yourself before jumping from the big rock — no need to crack your skull on vacation!

It is a nice size area. I liked the bamboo area, it looked so pretty. If you don’t care for the crowds and loud music, you can wander up-river or down-river a bit where it is more natural and more tranquil.

The one bad/sad thing about this area is the large amount of trash that people leave behind. So remember to bring an extra trash bag and along with your own garbage, pick up a little of what others have left behind. Leave it nicer than you found it!

Rio Mameyes

Details

Rio de Poza is located around KM 1.2 on Road 191 in Río Grande. It’s located on the eastern side of the road (that’s the left side of the road if you’re driving uphill).

There are occasionally parking lots to park in and walk, or you can carefully park roadside. From the road, at KM 1.2-1.3, and close to that, there are small paths behind the guardrail that lead you down to the river. The area we enjoyed the most, with the pool area is upriver. You can also park farther uphill, for free on the road, around KM 1.4. From there, there is also a path that leads to the river. Follow the river downstream to the Poza.

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