Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🍔 ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
👪 The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
👪 The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
📄 ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Take a Fishing Trip out of Fajardo

Fishing with Captain Marcos

A couple hours on the water … relaxing … waiting until … SNAP … you have a bite! And then fighting the fish into the boat.

If you are a fisherman you know how enjoyable it is to spend time out on the water, especially when you catch something. While no captain can guarantee a catch, Captain Marcos of 787 Fishing or Light Tackle Paradise is known to have lots of luck.

He takes people out from Fajardo, and features Light Tackle and Fly Fishing, but is also equipped with rods/reels for Deep Sea Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Night Fishing — anything and everything any fisherman would want.

We don’t fish, but our friend Wally is an enthusiast. Any time he can drop a line into the water, he will. He has been out with many boats here in Puerto Rico, and his absolute favorite is Captain Marcos. So, we decided to interview him in order to document his experience from his "birthday" fishing trip last week.

Wally’s Birthday Trip

Wally took Captain Marcos’ half-day morning trip with friend, and fellow fisherman, Anton. Wally had been out with Captain Marcos a few time before, and though he always came home with some type of fish for dinner, he had never caught a big-game fish. He had had some bites in the past, but never landed it — so he was on a birthday mission! There are different types of game fish available year-round off of Fajardo, including Tarpon, snook, and bonefish.

It was a beautiful morning, and the two of them, along with Captain Marcos, set out in the 26-foot boat. Wally says that both of the boats Captain Marcos has are catamarans, so there is a large flat deck, which makes for a nice, stable platform for fishing. Both boats have a shaded area and a few bench seats. Wally brought their refreshment of choice (homebrew beer) and stored them in the provided icy cooler. Captain Marcos provides water and soda.

Fishing with Captain Marcos

Wally says that you can tell Captain Marcos what kind of experience you are hoping for, and that he just seems to know where to go for that kind of fishing. Captain Marcos emphasizes light tackle fishing, so that you actually have to work at landing your fish. It makes for more fun and better stories.

Wally and Anton both were working their lines, and Captain Marcos set out a number of other lines with live bait. As it turned out, both Wally and Anton got tarpon bites, and both had a great time working the fish to the boat. Tarpon are large, strong fish, so they put up quite the fight. Wally said that Captain Marcos is beside you the whole time, offering suggestions to help. Each tarpon was about 40 pounds. Once you get them onto the boat and take photos for "proof", the tarpon are released.

After the tarpon work out, they decided they needed to catch something to cook for dinner. With that in mind, the fished a little longer and caught king mackerel, groupers and a nice sized snapper. When they got back to the dock, Captain Marcos cleaned and filleted the fish, and Wally and Anton went home with great memories, photos, and fresh fish for dinner.

Fishing with Captain Marcos

Wally said Captain Marcos is well-educated and experienced as a biologist and fisherman, so he learns something new from Captain Marcos every time he goes out. Captain Marcos explains stuff about the area, the fish and wildlife you see, and also offers lots of info about fishing techniques. Wally thinks that everyone — from newbies to experts — would benefit from a trip with Captain Marcos.

Although neither Wally nor Anton fly fish, Captain Marcos also offers fly fishing for tarpon. He has bait casters and spin casters, so you have many different types of fishing opportunities — from reef fish to big "game fish". Marlin, sailfish, wahoo, tuna and mahi mahi are in season at different times of the year in deep water and inshore. Tarpon, bonefish, snook, and other gamefish are typically available year-round just minutes from the marina. They go out east from Fajardo, so you get great scenery as well as great fishing!

Details

4-hour inshore fishing trips are offered at 7am and at 1pm. Check their website for current prices. Deep sea fishing and extra hours are available for an additional fee.

8-hour fishing trips are offered at 7am, on the 26-foot boat only, with a maximum of 6 people. Check their webpage for current prices. Extra hours are available for a fee.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

All trips include water, soda, and ice. Alcoholic beverages are not provided.

Fishing with Captain Marcos

Kids must be at least 5 years old to go on any of these trips.

You can call 787-646-2585 or 787-FISHING (347-4464) for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the 787 Fishing website for more information.

In addition to fishing, Captain Marcos is available for sightseeing and bird watching trips. Both of his boats are handicapped accessible. The boats have a few seats, some shade, but no restroom.

Captain Marcos uses Puerto Chico Marina in Fajardo. See the map below for directions.

The Puerto Chico Marina is about 1¼ hours from the San Juan area, and about 30 minutes from the Rio Grande area.

The photos in this article were provided by our friends Wally and Marina Lawson and were used with their permission.

Some other fishing boat charters available from Fajardo include

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PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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