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.

Cool off at Salto Collores Waterfall

the area is open and operational and pretty as ever.

During the “summer” months, you see and hear a lot more about “internal tourism” (turismo interno) both in the news and on the internet. That’s great for everyone … we all find out about new and beautiful places to visit. Salto Collores Waterfall is one of those places that we found out about through local media. This pretty waterfall is one of the easiest places to visit on the island. It’s not far from the Ponce area, so it can be added onto a day-trip to the area.

We have known about this waterfall for years, and we went looking for it a long time ago. We did a lot of driving around, but we just couldn’t find it. Last month I saw a local TV program featuring this waterfall, and they gave GPS coordinates. I wasn’t 100% sure of all the details, but we went to check it out.

Salto Collores Falls

Salto Collores is located in the town of Juana Díaz, in the southern part of Puerto Rico. Just 30 minutes from Ponce, this is another refreshing day-trip stop in that area.

It’s not too far off a “main” road, at the end of a thin road (that I bet would probably be a nightmare on a weekend in summer!). I will tell you one hint they didn’t mention on the show … Follow the road to the end, and you’ll come to a really nice gate. We couldn’t believe “Estancias L-E” was the place, but it is. Just wait at the gate. The owner of this lovely property will open the gate if he sees you there, or honk if you need to get their attention.

Once they open the gate, drive toward the house and park in their yard. You can see the waterfall from the parking area. It’s less than a 5-minute walk from your car. At the end of the grass, you have to walk on a short wobbly “bridge” (there is a hand rail) and then you need to do a little rock /river walking. It isn’t difficult. We saw people young and old doing it (though we did see a few slips/spills since the rocks are slippery — so just be careful). But once you are there, there is room to sit on the rocks and enjoy a few pools and waterways.

Salto Collores Falls

The falls are very nice — maybe 35 feet tall — falling into a nice pool that has various depths … places shallow enough to sit and others deep enough for when people were jumping in from various rocks. This is a popular spot for BBQs, with a flat grassy area not to far from the falls to set up shade tents and your BBQ. Bring your own chairs.

If you are adventurous, there is a trail to the right of the falls that leads up to the river above the falls. There are a few swimming spots up there. But the trail up is steep, and could be slippery if muddy. So climbing up there is not for everyone.

The off street parking is great and another nice thing is there is a bathroom available. All in all, it is a really nice set up! If you’re looking for a romantic retreat, they have a small guesthouse that they rent on the weekends. Note that the owner does not speak English.

Salto Collores Falls

Details

Parking is $10.00 for the day.

They open their property for parking Monday to Saturday, 8am to 5pm. They are “closed” on Sunday. But this is private property, so if the gate is closed, they are closed!

You can call them at 787-837-0763 for more information. Spanish only.

Travel time from the San Juan area is about 1½ hours. From Route 52 in Juana Díaz, it’s about a 20-minute drive.

From the San Juan area, take Route 52 south toward Ponce. At exit 91, take Route 149 north for 1 mile. Turn left onto Route 14, and continue for about 2 miles. Then turn right onto Road 512 (before the Puma gas station). Continue to KM 7.3, then turn left, and follow that road to the end (where you’ll find the gate with a sign that says “Estancias L-E”).

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