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.

Find Lodging for Your Puerto Rico Vacation on a Budget

Swimming Pool at Coqui's Hideaway

One of the most expensive parts of your vacation will be your lodging. And in that department, Puerto Rico is not the most wallet-friendly island to visit if you’re trying to travel on a budget. However, don’t be discouraged.

If you do some research and planning, you can have a fun-filled vacation without breaking the bank. When it comes to finding a place to stay, you do have different options. And we’re here to give you some ideas to kick-start that planning.

Hotels & Resorts

Most people immediately look for a hotel room. In Puerto Rico, the large "chain" hotels (like Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham, Embassy Suites, etc.) are expensive, sometimes $250 or more per night! There are some smaller hotels that are less expensive, but they are usually small and more basic. Of course, you may be able to find some good deals at Travelocity or similar sites if you book airfare and room together.

With hotels, you are paying a lot for one room. You are also paying a higher room tax and sometimes resort fees, parking and then you have to eat every meal at a restaurant. These things can add up quickly and you’ll be in for a rude surprise, especially if you charge everything to your room and you don’t see the total until the end of your trip.

All Inclusive Resorts

People often look for all-inclusive resorts (like Sandals or Beaches) because, even though you’re paying a lot, you know what the final bill will be up-front because everything (meals, activities, etc.) is paid for in one set price. Due to minimum wage and other worker benefits required in PR, the all-inclusive market isn’t profitable for the resorts .

There is a hotel in the south-western part of the island that offers an "all-inclusive package", that includes meals/drinks. But that’s just not the same as a true all-inclusive resort where everything is included 24 hrs/day.

Hostels, Guesthouses, Inns, B&B’s and Camping

Camping can be found at a few of the beaches and forests around the island. Contact Parques Nationales for more information. These other types of accommodations all may vary from place to place, but here is a general idea of what to expect: Guesthouses are where you rent a private sleeping room but share a common space (like a common kitchen or living room) with the other people in the house. This is similar to most Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s), but at a B&B, they provide breakfast. A small Inn is usually where you are renting just a bedroom and don’t have access to other rooms, but will share common outdoor spaces. There are even a few hostels around the island that you can rent a private or even a shared sleeping area. These are usually very inexpensive. With any of these types of accomodations the amenities are more basic, but they can be a good option for people who don’t mind vacationing with strangers.

Private Rentals

An excellent option (in my opinion) for the budget-minded traveler is a private rental. In general, these types of rentals are called vacation rentals, though you’ll see them advertised as villas, apartments, condos, private homes, among other things. There’s no set name for what you’re getting.

Vacation rentals are usually a house or an apartment/condo, and they are generally less expensive than hotel rooms. They can range in size, but they usually all are more than one room. If you have kids, that extra space can be a blessing when you’re on vacation! You end up with more bang for your buck, since you have room to spread out. And there is usually a kitchen so you can prepare your meals and drinks.

Each vacation rental is individually owned, operated, maintained and decorated. You need to check out each one the see what amenities they offer, and exactly what you’re getting for your money.

There are a number of web sites that list vacation rentals. Those sites are similar to the phone book Yellow Pages or classified listings in your newspaper — they list places you can rent and give you a way to contact the property owner/manager. But you’ll end up booking your rental directly with the property owner or manager.

You can look at web sites like TripAdvisor, AirBnB, Flipkey, VRConnection,or VRBO, among others. Another option is to go to your favorite search engine and search for "vacation rental" plus the area where you want to stay. For example, "vacation rental el yunque rio grande puerto rico".

Coqui’s Hideaway Rain Forest Villa

Coqui's Hideaway

In addition to this travel web site, we have a vacation rental called Coqui’s Hideaway that’s located in the foothills of El Yunque. It is a single rental home that we offer as either 2 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms (for up to 4 people) or 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms (for up to 6 people).

It has a full kitchen (and all the cooking implements needed), a living room with satellite TV/DVD and lots of movies, complimentary WIFI for your laptop, indoor and outdoor dining areas, porches, a private pool area with BBQ/mini-kitchen and free parking. Plus 9 lush acres to spread out, wander around and enjoy the tropical fruit and flowers that we grow.

Stop by our web site and check us out — www.CoquisHideaway.com. You’ll be glad you did!

Aerial View of Coqui's Hideaway

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Coqui's Hideaway Rainforest Villa in Rio Grande Located in the Foothills of El Yunque