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.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
👪 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
📄 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)
📄 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)
• 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)
• 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.

Beautiful Vacía la Talega Beach and Hike

I just love the rugged coastline in the area around Manatí — the rocks, the ocean, and the pretty views. I was delighted to see that Loíza has a mini version of this, as it is much closer to the San Juan area — and closer to home for me! An added bonus is that it has a beautiful beach, Playa Vacía la Talega, that is a large cove that is very popular with locals. We have been there many times, but the crowded beach is not our style. Now that I have found these trails along the rugged coast, I am in love!

Playa Vacía la Talega

Overview

Loíza is the town just to the east of San Juan. along the north shore. It is known for a lot of things, among them are pretty beaches and north coast views, The beach Vacía la Talega is on Route 187, just about at the eastern end of the Piñones area. It is a LONG thin beach cove. The water is usually calm, clear, and being that it is right along the road, super easy and accessible. This makes it super popular — you can park and almost tailgate on the beach. There are no life guards nor facilities, but usually safe for swimming.

Playa Vacía la Talega

Our Trek

On the map, you will see some nice coves along the north coast, and something called Cueva Escondida. Our goal was to find this spot, so we went exploring. Be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes- the rocks are sharp!

The fishermen like to go out along the right side of the cove, to an area called Punta Vacía la Talega. Here, they can walk the peninsula to deeper water fishing spots. They made a trail that runs straight out along the coast line of the cove. There are some short side trails to the left that take you to the fishing spots (and for nice photos!). The trail will eventually take up up and around to the north coast and you can walk the rocky area as far east as you desire.

Playa Vacía la Talega

On this trail, you will see a Y that goes to the right. If you take this trail, it will get you further east on the north coast, but not very close to the Cueva Escondida. The easiest and most direct trail to the Cueva Escondida area is a trail that starts on the right of the beach and goes to the right (GPS coordinates below). This trail is about a 5-10 minute walk, and it brings you right out to the coast, with beautiful rugged rocks and crashing waves.

Playa Vacía la Talega

This is the place marked Cueva Escondida on Google Maps. This is a little beach and “cave” area. Pretty, but very small (especially with tide changes and waves!). We went at low tide in winter, and each wave made us wonder if it was going to reach us and get us soaked! Perhaps this beach could be usable in the summer. Either way, not a swimming beach! But it was nice to have no other people around!

Playa Vacía la Talega

We then followed a beaten path over the rocks eastward along the coast. We found another hidden cave, that we can go down into. Then some cool out cropping and hanging rocks, a small “window”, another beach … just keep walking eastward. even found what looks like a WW2 lookout bunker!

Playa Vacía la Talega

Details

Pay attention to the surf conditions if you plan to swim – beaches on the north shore can be particularly treacherous, especially in the winter months. Do not attempt to go into the water east of the “main” Vacía la Talega beach.

You need to be prepared for this walk — these rocks are sharp (think upright spikes that you need to walk on). They ripped up the tops of my shoes, so they would have easily cut bare flesh. Sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water are a must. Not good for kids!

From the Isla Verde or Condado areas, it is a short drive eastward on Road 187 until you get to the beach.

Park at the beach on the big curve in the road (where everyone else is parked). Park only on hard/packed sand – stay out of the soft sand. If you get stuck in the sand (it happens!), use your floor mats under your drive tires, and get someone to help push!

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