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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Taste Local Flavor at a Fruit and Vegetable Market

Fruit stand in Santurce Market

The towns in Puerto Rico are all centered around a Public Square. Around this little open space, you will usually find a church, some government buildings and a market area. This market area will probably have small food stores, clothing stores, and stores with assorted necessities. And usually there is a local fruit and vegetable market. That is our colorful and tasty topic for today.

It is in these markets that you can find all sorts of fresh, local fruits and veggies. We definitely make an effort to stop by these vendors to discover something new. The colors and fragrances alone make it worth the trip. I am not a veggie lover, but fruits are my thing. Tropical fruits are slowly disappearing from this island, so when I can find something exotic, I want to try it.

We made a quick visit to the Market in Santurce (Plaza del Mercado) . The market is located in a very pretty, old building. It has about 10-12 colorful booths, with vendors selling all sorts of fruits and veggies.

Santurce Market building

They had lots of local favorites, the usual fruit and veggies most of us see in the supermarkets, plus some unusual fruit such as caimito, starfruit, guanabana and mamey. And everything was much less expensive as compared to the the supermarket! This market also has a smoothie (batidas) place, where the vendor uses fresh tropical fruits (yummy)! There are also other booths with all sorts of spices and seasonings, meat, fresh fish, and medicinal (as well as other) plants and flowers. Check the stores just outside the market, you will find some interesting things! And to make this a really nice afternoon – all around the market are a number of bars and restaurants. In the evenings/nights (especially Thursday- Sunday), this is the place to hang out. Lots of fun- food, drinks, music, dancing and people watching .

You will also see fruit and veggie stands set up along the sides of many roads. They also have lots of great things. These markets and stands are usually run by very friendly locals, who will help you find a ripe item, or tell you about some unknown item. They will even tell you how to best cook it. If they don’t speak English, never fear – try some of your Spanish skills, or if that doesn’t work, there is usually always someone around that can help you with translations or at worst, use hand signals!

Details

The Santurce Market is open from 6:00am – 2:00pm most days, but only in the morning on Sundays (until 12 noon).

For some more info, you can check Facebook page.

The market in Santurce is on Calle Dos Hermanos at Calle Capitol, near the Museum of Art. Getting around and parking in the market area is difficult – lots of one way and tiny streets. We parked on a side-street where we found a spot and walked a few blocks.

The Santurce Market is about 15 minutes from the airport.

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