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
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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
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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.

Cool Rocks and a Pretty Beach in Yabucoa

In Yabucoa, there are these two neat rock formations that are really interesting. One sort of looks like a sphinx, and it is called “La Piedra el Morrillo”. The other is a huge rock that is split right in half, and it is called “Piedra Las Guaretas”. While this is not a must-visit place, but if you are in the area, it makes a fun stop. I think you will enjoy it.

Yabucoa is on the east coast of Puerto Rico, about 75 minutes from San Juan. The town, know for it’s sugar history, has a number of other points of interest. It has pretty beaches and natural beauty. You get to enjoy both of these by visiting these two rock formations!

Yabucoa Beach Rock Formations

La Piedra el Morrillo

If you look at Yabacoa on Google Maps, you will find Punta Quebrada Hondo — that is where you will find La Piedra el Morrillo. There is public beach access right off of Route 901 — look for the restaurant called El Quisqueyano and turn onto the side street to park. It is an quick and easy spot to park and get onto the beach.

If you go to the right (south), I think it is called Playa Negro. If you head to the left (north), you will see the enormous rock formation at the north end of the beach. It kinda looks like a sphinx. We have been to this beach on a few occasions, and have never seen more than a few people there. We just love the photographs, and the sea glass that this beach has to offer.

We originally found La Piedra el Morrillo years ago, after finding it on the Geocaching site. If you are into geocaching, you might want to try your luck at finding this geocache.

Yabucoa Beach Rock Formations

Piedra Las Guaretas

If you walk all the way to the sphnix and look farther to the left (north), you will see what I call the Split Rock, but others refer to it as Kendra’s Rock (Piedra de JendΓ­a) or Piedra Las Guaretas (as it is called on Google Maps). It is a large, round boulder that rolled down the mountain and split in half.

We had never been able to get past the rock ledges at La Piedra el Morrillo to get to it. It is in an area of the beach that used to be accessible from Route 901, but houses have now blocked easy access. We spoke with some neighbors in the area, and they told us the secret on how to get there. The neighbor referred to it as the area Cueva de las Cabras.

To access the area, you need to cross private property. The neighbor showed us the way, so I suggest you ask before jumping the fence … just to be polite. This is not an easy route, you will need decent shoes. You have to cross a cow field (yes, with cows in it). There is an area of the concrete wall that has one block out and placed on the ground, so it makes jumping the wall easier.

You walk toward the coconut palm tree at the edge of the field (toward the ocean) and go down to the beach that way. Watch out and be careful of the barbed wire. Once on the beach you will see the split rock and the “cuevas” (caves) the rock makes. If you are careful, you can go behind the rock and climb up into it for photos. We always enjoy visiting these areas for photographs. And, the cool beach-combing finds … lots of sea glass and some interesting shells, too. For us, it is always worth a stop.

Yabucoa Beach Rock Formations

Details

Parking for both of these places is just off of Route 901 in Yabucoa.

For La Piedra el Morrillo, park near El Quisqueyano restaurant, and walk down the side street to the beach.

For Piedra Las Guaretas, park near the curve in the road near the cow field, cross the field, and make your way to the beach.

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

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