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.

Cabo Rojo Beaches

The Vacation Center at Balneario Boqueron is still closed, but the beaches are open.

Combate Beach

The south-west tip of Puerto Rico is generically referred to as Cabo Rojo, even though there is a town in that area by the same name. The Cabo Rojo area has some beautiful beaches, and even a lighthouse with breath-taking views.

On a recent trip we visited two lovely beaches, each different, but special — Combate and Boquerón.

Combate Beach

Located at the end of Route 3301, Combate Beach was a little confusing for me. As we went down Route 3301, we ended up at the water near a restaurant called Annie’s Place, among a number of other bars and restaurants. Here, we had to make a decision — either park here and go to th beach on the left, or follow the road to the right and down a bit, where we found a parking lot and picnic tables. Both areas are Combate Beach.

Combate Beach

The beach with the picnic tables was small, and would probably fill up quickly with familes on weekends and holidays.

The beach to the left of Annie’s Place went on for miles! I believe that if you walked far enough, you could find a private spot no matter how busy it got.

The beach itself was thin, but long. The water was clean and just a bit turbid with sand in it. There were no waves on the day that we went. It looked very nice. But with all the bars and restaurants in the area, I bet it gets crazy with people hanging out. It also looked like boats, jet-skis and other small craft could anchor between the roped-off swimming areas (so it probably is not a quiet beach!).

Combate Beach

There appeared to be a way to get your car onto the beach, if you turned down the last road before the beach. But the gate was locked the day that we went, so I really don’t know.

This looked like a nice beach on a mid-week day, but a popular hangout on weekends and summertime. There are no facilities for the beach, but there were restaurants and bars you could use. At the beach parking area, there were restrooms, though they were closed the day we went.

Balneario Boquerón

Now this was a nice beach. Balnearios are government-run beaches, with facilities including parking, restrooms and showers. It used to be/and may become again a Blue Flag beach, meaning (among other things) that they do water-quality testing, and have conservation & educational information available.

Balneario Boqueron

Located off of Route 101W, Balneario Boquerón is another long beach. It has soft sand, picnic tables, shade trees, restrooms, showers, a playground, gazebos, handicap facilities, nearby lodging, and a cafeteria. The restrooms are located in the yellow building. Showers are outdoor, rinse showers set up along the beach.

There is a large, roped-off swimming area, with lifeguards on duty. The water is warm but still not crystal clear, with a little turbidity from the sand. I didn’t like the feel of the bottom in the water — the sand had a kind of muddy quality to it. But it was nice to just hang out and float in the water.

Sea without Barriers at Balneario Boqueron

It was a wide beach, but I am sure it can get crowded with families on weekends, holidays and in the summer months. But if you are looking for a beach with facilities, this one has it all.

It also had a Mar Sin Barreras (Sea Without Barriers), to provide handicap access to the ocean. It was obviously built a long time ago, and has unfortunately fallen into disrepair. However they still have a building and handicap accessible restrooms/showers, and the beach wheelchairs for people who need them.

Details

Cabo Rojo Beaches

Balneario Boqueron is Open Wed-Sun 9am-5pm. On “closed days, you can park outside and walk in.

Parking is $3-10 plus tax per vehicle for Boqueron beach.

 

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