Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐Ÿ˜ท 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.
๐Ÿ˜ท 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.
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿ‘ช The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
โ›ต 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)
๐Ÿ‘ช The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
๐Ÿ˜ท Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
๐ŸŸ๏ธ 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
๐Ÿ˜ท 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
๐Ÿ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
๐Ÿšข 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)
๐Ÿ“„ The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
โœˆ๏ธ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
โ€ข The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
โœˆ๏ธ INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS (effective 06 Dec 2021, per CDC)
โ€ข 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.

Venture Out to Santa Clara Waterfall

If you are looking for a waterfall that is off the beaten path, a little difficult to get to, but so worth the effort, then Salto Santa Clara might be for you. Everything about this place impressed me – the trail was well-maintained, the surrounding area was clean, and the waterfall was large! All in all, this is an excellent adventure!

Santa Clara FAlls

Our Trip

Salto Santa Clara is located way up high in the mountains in Yauco (a town on the south coast of Puerto Rico). The way to get there is pretty direct from the south coast. You follow the same road up almost all the way. But it is a twisty/turny little road, so it is slow going. Make sure you pre-load the map into your GPS/phone. We had no cellular service up there, so your maps app will be of little use otherwise.

Santa Clara FAlls

The trail head is at the end of a dead end road with just a couple houses on it. You park along the side of the road. At the end on the right, you will see a swing with a view and then the trail head with a sign (so you know you are in the right place!).

The trail starts as a “road”, going downhill. In a little bit, there is a sign pointing to the small trail off this road. It is dirt/mud most of the way, so it can be a bit messy and slippery in spots. You will have to cross a little stream – keep going. When you get to the larger river, this is the start of the top of the waterfall! Keep walking (the trail is on the right).

Santa Clara FAlls

There is one really steep area that someone put a steel wire to help you go up and down (so bring padded gloves!) and toward the end, you have to climb on some rocks. It is not an easy trail, but none of it should impossible to do for most anyone who is in decent shape. Just take your time and be careful. Maybe not the best idea for little kids, as there are some steep drop-offs on the sides.

Santa Clara FAlls

The falls are beautiful, really tall! And there is a nice pool at the bottom. Surrounded by steep rock walls, it is pretty cool! You can swim or just relax on the large rocks there.

It is not a widely visited place, so it was clean. Please keep it that way! And a big thank you to whomever keeps the trail clear – it was a great hike! It took us about 30 minutes going down to the falls, and a little longer for the way up!

Santa Clara FAlls

Details

Go during daylight hours. Figure at least 30 minutes to get to the falls, and more time walking back (uphill) to your car. Leave enough time to get back to your car and drive down the mountain before sunset. Driving those small, mountain roads in the dark is no fun!

There is no cellular service in the area, so do not depend on the “maps app” on your phone to get you there and back. Preload the map for the area in your “maps app” before you head into the mountains.

Wear appropriate footwear – sneakers or hiking boot are required. Flip-flops, Crocs, and similar will not work. Bring gloves to protect your hands during the hike.

How much time will this take? Allow 60-90 minutes to hike round-trip to the falls and back to your car. Add on however long you plan to spend at the waterfall itself.

From Route 2 in Yauco, you’ll take Road 372 all the way up into the mountains. That drive will take you 30-60 minutes.

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