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.

Vieques: More Than Just Beaches – North Side

While Vieques is known for it’s beautiful beaches, there are some other neat non-beachy things to do on the island. There are a lot of beautiful and interesting natural sites, and some man-made items, worth checking out — much of them steeped in local island history.

On their own, these things might not be “the most amazing” things to see. But on those days when you are too sunburned to go to the beach, or if you’re just tired of the beach and want to go exploring, some of the more unusual sites on this list could make for a fun couple of hours. Or make a day of it and go explore all of these sites.

All of these sites are on the north side of Vieques, and we’ve listed them starting on the north-east and heading to the north-west. All of these can be visited in a day.

Tombs of Teofilo Le Guillou & Family

Tombs in Vieques

This is a small family cemetery from mid-1800s. Teofilo Le Guillou was a French immigrant who was the governor and military commander of Vieques from 1832-1843. He established a number of sugar plantations on the island. He died in 1843 and is buried in the Le Guillou sector of Isabel Segunda, on the grounds of one of his sugar plantations.

There are about 6 tombs here. Teofilo and his wife are buried in the large rounded-top tomb with an inscription, surrounded by a wrought iron fence. There are 5 others outside the fence. One of them is pyramid-shaped and pretty cool-looking. Sadly, they are located on private property and are not always kept cleared. Sometimes local groups come and clean around them. This small cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cemetery is located off Route 200 in the Le Guillou sector of Isabel Segunda.

Vieques Humane Society

The Vieques Humane Society can always use help from volunteers to walk the dogs, interact with the animals that are there, and help out with other chores. If you don’t have time to help out, you can make a donation or drop off some much-needed supplies. Give them a call (787-741-0209) ahead of time to find out what you might be able to do to help.

Punta Mulas Lighthouse

Known locally as El Faro de Vieques, the Punta Mulas Lighthouse (pictured at the top of this article) was built in 1896, and overlooks the port of Isabel Segunda. The lighthouse was restored in 1992, but (due to deterioration) it has been closed to visitors for the past couple years. Sometimes the gates of the yard are open (but not during our recent visits). If you can go on the grounds, do it — there are some great views of the port below.

Fortin Conde de Mirasol

Fortin Conde de Mirasol in Vieques

This old fort (completed 1855) is open for visitors and well worth a stop. Completely restored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, the fort houses an archaeology exhibit, a space for rotating art exhibits (usually by local artists), and classrooms. Outside, you’ll find cannons, and sweeping views of the town and bay below.

We first visited this fort back in 2009, and you can read the article that we wrote at that time to find out more about the fort.

Municipal Cemetery at Isabel Segunda

Vieques Municipal Cemetery

Located right on Calle Canon just past the barge, this old cemetery has so many crypts it is almost impossible to walk around without “stepping on someone”. It offers some pretty views of the water and the east coast of Puerto Rico.

It has some interesting looking tombs in it. The oldest we saw was from around 1896. Most of the tombstones are marked “DEP” for “Descanse en Paz” (that’s Spanish for “RIP” / “Rest in Peace”).

Sea Glass Beach

Vieques

I know this article is supposed to be about non-beach things to do. But this is a beach for beach-combing, not for swimming nor working on your tan.

Playa Cofi is supposed to be the beach for collecting sea glass on Vieques. It’s a pretty beach, and we’ve had some good luck finding sea glass here. Thanks in part to the dump that used to be on the west side of Isabel Segunda. Read more about hunting sea glass on Vieques in the article we wrote back in 2013.

The Ceiba Tree

Ceiba Tree in Vieques

Heading west along Route 200, you will see the large Ceiba tree on the right. No one knows how old the tree is, but it is said to be over 300 years old. There is a little pavilion near the tree with information about the Ceiba tree and some other ecologically-minded topics.

Ceiba trees can grow to be huge, with “buttress” roots that support the massive trunk. The wood of a Ceiba tree is soft, which made it easy for the Tainos to hollow out the tree trunks to make huge canoes.

Mosquito Pier

Vieques

Traveling along Route 200, after the Ceiba tree you will come to Mosquito Pier, known locally as Rompeolas. This pier is actually a mile-long seawall that breaks the waves coming from the east to create a calm area to the west of the pier. There is a road that runs the length of the pier, and you can drive maybe ¾ of the length of the pier (at which point the road is closed with a gate).

You can snorkel/SCUBA off on the left side at the far end and snorkel in a calm waters at the shore. We have seen sea turtles swimming among the pilings that support the pier, but be careful of currents and waves while snorkeling (that might cause you to swim into one of the posts). We enjoy watching the sunset from this pier.

Playa Grande Sugar Mill Ruins

Vieques

Continuing west on Route 200, the Playa Grande Sugar Mill ruins are accessible from the first “real” road on the left. This is a long road, and the ruins will be on the right at the point where the road turns sharply to the left. Look for the sign.

We visited these ruins back in 2013, and wrote an article about Playa Grande Sugarmill ruins that you should read for more info.

Eumenical Chapel

Vieques

(Updated post Maria) Continuing west on Route 200, you will come to a large field that always has lots of horses on it. This is also where you will find the Remains of Eumenical chapel. Originally constructed in 1999 by the Camp Garcia Navy Base, it was a symbol of peace during the push to get the Navy to stop bombing practice on Vieques. The chapel in the photo, which was a reconstruction of the original, was destroyed in Hurricane Maria 2017. The foundation is all that is left. There is a memorial marker behind the chapel for a man accidentally killed during one of the Navy’s practice bombing runs. There are also some gazebos at the waterfront.

Navy Storage Bunkers

Vieques

Continuing west on Route 200, on the left just before the entrance to the US Fish & Wildlife area, you’ll find a couple roads that lead to the old Navy storage bunkers. These roads are not really maintained, so getting to the bunkers could be more of an adventure than you bargained for (it was for us!).

The first road is in the best (being a relative term) shape, and it takes you to the larger bunkers. Really, these just look like warehouses covered with dirt/grass. There are roads on both sides (take the road to the right – it has been widened). To get back to Route 200, you’ll have to backtrack.

The last road on the left before the F&W area leads to the smaller bunkers. This road is in really bad shape – it is very thin and overgrown. When we were there, this road was really only accessible by bicycle.

Kiani Lagoon- Closed since Hurricane Maria

Vieques

As you enter the US Fish & Wildlife area, the packed dirt road (that at times can be in really bad shape!) passes by Kiani Lagoon. They made a little wildlife refuge on the left, with informational signs and and a short boardwalk with 2 small viewing areas. Here you can see the lagoon and Mt. Pirata. Be sure to take insect repellent (there are lots of mosquitoes). The boardwalk was in disrepair when we were here in February 2014.

Punta Arenas-

Vieques

Our final thing on our non-beach list is … another beach! If you continue down the road in the F&W area, you’ll come to Punta Arenas. The beach here is so-so, but it does offer some nice views of Puerto Rico and some decent snorkeling.

The F&W National Wildlife Refuge is open 7 days/week, from 7am – dark ( 6:30pm Sept – Feb, 7:30p rest of year

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