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.

Enjoy Yourself Without Breaking the Bank

Puerto Rico Budget Vacation

Puerto Rico has many great "selling points" to attractive visitors to our shores — beaches, forests, adventure, history, food, music and friendly locals. Being an inexpensive vacation destination is not one of the island’s strong points.

However, don’t be discouraged. With some careful planning, you can have a fun-filled vacation and still remain within your budget.

Lodging

After airfare, lodging is usually the largest chunk of your vacation budget. When it comes to finding a place to stay, you do have some options. Most people immediately look for a hotel room. In Puerto Rico, the large "brand-name" hotels and resorts (Marriott, Hilton, Ritz, Wyndham, etc.) are expensive — sometimes over $250 per night!

There are some smaller hotels that are less expensive, but they are usually much more basic. Most hotel rooms have a 4 person maximum. At hotels, you are paying a lot for one room. You are also paying a higher hotel room tax and sometimes resort fees. On top of that, you’ll probably have a parking fee, and then you have to go out for every meal. These things can add up quickly!

To save money, look for package deals or specials on-line, smaller places that offer breakfast, or at least a refrigerator in your room.

For the real budget minded, there is camping, but you need to supply everything as finding rentals of camping supplies is difficult. One nice step up – There are now more hostels opening up (mainly in San Juan, and the east coast).

Vacation Rentals – A Good Lodging Option

A better option for budget-minded families may be a vacation rental. Vacation rentals are usually a house, apartment, or condo, typically privately owned and (oftentimes) privately managed. They can range in size, but they are usually more than one room — and if you have kids, the extra space is a blessing on vacation! They may be located in a tourist area, inside a larger resort, in a residential neighborhood, or out in the Puerto Rican countryside. You can find them in the city, on the beach or up in the mountains in the rain forest.

You can usually find vacation rentals that cost less than, or on par with, hotel rooms. You end up with more bang for your buck and, since they usually have a kitchen, you can prepare meals and drinks "at home". That alone is a huge cost savings! And there is usually free parking. They are available all over the island, including Vieques and Culebra.

Each vacation rental is individually owned and decorated. They may be maintained by the owner, a grounds-keeper or a management company. Finding the right one for you requires you to compare the amenities offered by each property.

Coqui's Hideaway Living Room

For example, our vacation rental, Coqui’s Hideaway, is located in Río Grande in the foothills of El Yunque. We offer it 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 a HDTV & lots of movies on DVD, indoor & outdoor dining areas, porches, and a private pool area with BBQ & mini-kitchen.

All this is on 9 lush acres where you can spread out, wander around the property, and enjoy the tropical fruit & flowers. We also have free parking. And we are right there on the property to make sure everything is OK, properly-maintained, and to help you with any plans or questions.

When deciding where to stay, I recommend that you first decide on an area of the island you want to stay, based on the activities you want to do while on vacation. After you’ve picked a part of the island, look at what lodging options are available in that area. For vacation rentals, look a sites like the vacation rental section of TripAdvisor.com or places like HomeAway.com. And you don’t have to give up on the resort fun- their beaches, casinos, restaurants, bars, spas and shops are open to the public.

Transportation

Puerto Rico Car Rentals

Unless you are staying in San Juan or Old San Juan, the easiest and most cost-effective way to get around will be in your own rental car. Within the metro area, you will be able to take a public bus or taxi. But if you want to leave that area, you need other transportation method. So you will be best off renting a car.

For car rentals, you need to do your homework — get web site quotes from all the large named companies. Look for car rental coupons. Also, look into the smaller, local companies when comparing prices. We did some of the initial legwork and gathered it together into this article about car rentals in the San Juan area.

Meals

Puerto Rico has many world class chefs and great restaurants. But I find the prices to be pretty high, especially if you have to "go out" every night. Drink prices are really expensive. Before ordering, check the menu and prices to make sure you are OK with it.

Kiosk Food

You will be able to find some less expensive meals, if you know where to look. The local kiosks at beaches (like Piñones and Luquillo), panaderias (bakeries), road-side "local" food, and even Guavate. The key to finding the best local food that is not too expensive is to look for the one that is most crowded with locals, or ask some locals where they eat. Even many of the supermarkets make good hot "local" dishes for lunch and dinner for a great price. Most "authentic" local places won’t have much in the way of ambiance or location, but they will serve filling meals for about $7-$10/plate.

Of course, Puerto Rico has lots of the fast food chains you are used to — McDonald’s, Burger King, Dominos, Panda Express, etc. There are also some mid-priced places, like Chili’s, Pizzeria Uno, Ponderosa and others.

Things to do in Puerto Rico

Prices for activities in Puerto Rico range from free to expensive. And with a family, it adds up quickly. We try to help out our guests at Coqui’s Hideaway by offering discounts on many of the more popular activities, including ziplines, the biobay, rappeling, ATVs, kayaking, Segway tours, and hang gliding, just to name a few. But for people not staying with us, Even if you are trying to save some money, there are still loads of things you can do for free or "on the cheap". Some of my favorites include

 

Don’t Forget to Look for Coupons

Another way to save money on meals, car rental and maybe lodging is check out the “coupon” web pages- Puerto Rico Coupon pages.There are about 8 different sites and they all offer food, lodging and activities for half price or more! But read the small print carefully! .

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