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.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
👪 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
📄 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)
📄 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)
• 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)
• 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.

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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