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.

Learn about the History of Trains in Puerto Rico

There was once a time that trains traveled almost completely around the island of Puerto Rico. There were multiple trains used to move people, cargo, and sugar cane from place to place. But that all ended in the 1950s, and today almost nothing remains of the railroad system. However, Vega Baja has restored their old train station and turned it into a museum. It is really interesting to learn about this forgotten piece of Puerto Rico’s history!

Vega Baja Train

Located in Vega Baja, a north coastal town, this museum is about 30 minutes from the San Juan area. Vega Baja has a long history associated with sugar production. The town is called the city of “Melao Melao” (which is sort of like molasses, derived from sugar can juice). Originally, there were lots of sugar plantations/haciendas, and later the first large sugar mill/factory in Puerto Rico — called Central San Vicente, it opened in 1873 and closed in 1967.

The first train system started in the 1880s, and ran from San Juan to the other larger nearby aread, and then the west … including Vega Baja. At the same time, they were working on a number of other train lines that would eventually connect almost all the coastal towns of Puerto Rico with tracks. This train system was vital for the people and economy of Puerto Rico at that time. When cars became more popular, the train system faded and made way for highways.

Vega Baja Train

Vega Baja (with its large sugar mill) was so important that their passenger train station was reconstructed to brick in about 1933. This was lucky, since it has survived all these years (as many of the original wooden train stations are long gone). It is this newly refurbished building that is now a museum, dedicated to the train system of old.

This museum just opened earlier this month. At the moment, they have one guide, so hours are limited. But it is worth a stop to learn about the system. There is a video of all the stops of the train (in its heyday). The photos are great! Then the “waiting room” area and “agents office” has been converted into a museum dedicated to the rise and fall of the train system in Puerto Rico. The placards are all in Spanish, but our guide Joshua gave a great tour, translating and telling stories about each display. He was really into it, and made the topic very interesting. Joshua is making an English language brochure about the place, so even if he is not there, English speakers can understand the displays.

Vega Baja Train

The town did a great job refurbishing the building, leaving some of the original brick and architecture of the roof on display. It still has the original floor, and you can see where the benches used to be attached. They tried to make the outside match the original as well, with signs for the different rooms. Outside the building, they have a locomotive and a sugar cane cargo car on display.

Vega Baja Train

Details

Admission is free. Parking area is to the far left as you drive in the gate.

They are open Tues and Thurs 10am-4pm (closed 12-1 for lunch), and Wed, Fri, and Saturday 8am to 4:30pm (closed 12-1 for lunch). .

Allow about 1 hour to view the museum.

Reservations are not required, but you can call them for more info at 7878551931./p>

There are restrooms, located in the small building near the parking area.

The museum is located off Road 686 (or Road 6172 on Google Maps). It is a little tricky to find the entrance – it is the thin drivey-like street on the left after Calle A (behind the law office). You can see the locomotive from the street, so use that as a guide to find the entrance.

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