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.

Currently closed- Tour the Grounds of the Tropical Agriculture Research Center

Currently not open to the public

The Tropical Agricultural Research Station (TARS) in Mayaguez is the tropical research center of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Crops under study there include dry bean, sorghum, banana, plantain, cacao, papaya, and tropical exotic fruits such as rambutan, carambola, mamey sapote, lychee, longan, sapodilla and mangosteen. The goal of the TARS is "To introduce, preserve, evaluate, regenerate, distribute and develop cultural and management systems for tropical/subtropical crops that are of economic importance to the continental and insular US". The grounds are open to the public, so anyone can go in, walk around and enjoy these pretty grounds. But be forewarned — this is not a manicured garden, but more like an arboretum with lots of trees, most of which are labeled. Since it’s a working research center, you’ll also see offices, labs and greenhouses all supporting the research work that’s on-going there. Cacao Tree at TARSWe have stopped by this facility on a few occasions because many of the trees and bushes they grow are tropical fruit trees (something I am "into" at the moment). Many of the trees are large, mature trees that are producing fruit. The people in the visitors’ office have told me it is OK to pick up fallen seeds that are on the ground. We just shouldn’t pick any fruit from the trees since some are part of various research projects. They may ask you to fill out a list of what seeds you took. When you drive into the facility, there is free parking on the left. The building that houses the offices is an old hacienda-style structure. Before you walk around, you need to stop in the visitors’ office to get a visitors’ pass. There is a sign in front of the building that tells you which office to go to. They will also give you a map of the grounds, which we’ve scanned and included below. The map is a little confusing (in my opinion), but it is not that large of a place – you will not get lost. There are paths and paved drives for you to walk on, and the trees are numbered and correspond to the number on the map. Many of these trees are mature- beautiful and old. Many are blooming or fruiting. It is interesting to see things like a 35 pound fruit hanging on a jackfruit tree, orange cacao fruit, red & "spiny" rambutan fruit, and all sorts of other odd and interesting fruit. These are definitely things that you don’t see everyday. In addition to the fruit trees, there are plenty of exotic plants to be seen including camphor, teak, mahogany, cinnamon, nutmeg, rubber, coffee, vanilla, bay oil, manila hemp, black pepper, cacao, citronella, lemongrass, coconuts, all sorts of palms & bamboos, and even some orchids. Tropical Agriculture Research Center map

Admission to the Research Station is free.

They are open Monday to Friday, from 7:00am until 4:00pm.

Allow a minimum of one hour to enjoy this tropical setting.

Call 787-831-3435 for more information.

The offices and laboratories of the Tropical Agriculture Research Station are located just off of Route 2, at the corner of Roads 65 & 108 in Mayaguez, just east of the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus (UPR-Mayaguez).

Driving time from the San Juan area is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Click on a placename below to view the location on Google Maps ...

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