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.

Off the Beaten Path on Route 123 in Utuado

Road 123, Utuado

While I love taking highways and expressways to get to where I’m going, we often miss some great things by avoiding the little back roads. This is true all over, but Puerto Rico’s Route 123 in Utuado is a great example.

This little road, which runs parallel to Route 10, is a lush, green 2-lane road. You need to drive slowly, and really enjoy what rural Puerto Rico looks like. This was “the” main road until the Route 10 highway, built back in the 1970s. Though we drove just a small portion of this road, we had a half-day’s worth of fun, and took lots of photos!

Road 123, Utuado

Route 123 is “old Route 10”. It runs from Arecibo to Ponce, but we just did the stretch from Arecibo to the first part of Utuado. This small section of road (maybe 15 miles, tops) had a load of interesting things to see. We really think this drive should be incorporated into a day trip to the region.

Our Visit

We took Route 10 and got onto Route 123 going south (the intersection of Route 10 & 123 was not well-marked). We immediately noticed the difference between the highway and the local road. It was a slower pace, a curvier road, with houses, dogs, and signs of life. Driving this road does require a slower rate, but that gives you the opportunity to see what there is to see along the way.

Road 123, Utuado

The first thing we were looking for was the “other side” of Cueva Ventana. We have been in Cueva Ventana many times, and as you look out, you see a bridge. Well, when we got to that bridge, we stopped and looked up at the cave’s “ventana”. It was a neat to see this different perspective.

Continuing on Route 123, we found two (small) roadside waterfalls. The water for these falls comes right out from rock caves. They are so close to the road that it is hard to get good pictures of them, but they were really nice. It is pretty cool. After checking out the falls a bit, enjoy the bird-s eye view of the round “El Sombrero” building downhill on the other side of the road. Parking for these falls is just to the side of the road.

Road 123, Utuado

Continuing on, we encountered a dragon in a lovely, manicured yard. The house had Japanese-styled architecture, too. Not something you see everyday in Puerto Rico!

As we drove on, we decided to make a small diversion onto Route 146 to see the Lago Dos Bocas dam. It is just a quick left before the lake, you can’t miss it.

There was a fruit vendor near the dam, so we parked, bought some really reasonably-priced fruit/veggies, and walked across the damn while eating our fruit snack. It was really pretty and impressive too! We got some great photos of Lago Dos Bocas.

Road 123, Utuado

We then continued back to Route 123, where we passed the parking and dock for the Lago Dos Bocas restaurants. If you have a couple hours, you can take a boat ride to one of the restaurants for lunch on the weekends.

As we continued on Route 123, we noticed this cool, old hanging foot-bridge that connects the communities on either side of the river. We had to make a quick stop to walk across it .. can’t pass up that opportunity!

Road 123, Utuado

Since we were exploring with some friends who had never been to Cueva Ventana nor Cueva del Indio, we decided it was time to get off Route 123 and back onto Route 10 to head north to visit those sites. Along Route 10, we did stop at one of the roadside pincho stands, to grab a quick lunch.

That was our really cool day trip. So once in a while, take the extra time and take the small roads and explore!

From the San Juan area, you would take Route 22 west to Route 10 south to Route 123.

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