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.

Taking the Cargo Ferry from Ceiba to Culebra or Vieques

This article is aimed primarily at residents of Puerto Rico who need to use the cargo ferry to move vehicles and other cargo between the islands of Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques. If you are just looking for a way to get to Culebra or Vieques for the day (or for the start of your vacation over there), read our article about the passenger ferry. For the most accurate and updated info, go to the source- the Official ferry Page.

Passengers vs Cargo

There are three types of ferries that run between Ceiba/Culebra and Ceiba/Vieques — passenger ferries and cargo/cargo-passenger ferries. The passenger ferries carry passengers only — no cars or cargo. So they are faster ships. Two types of cargo ferries- one that takes both passengers and cargo (including cars) and one that is cargo/cars only. But, before you get all excited and think that you are going to save a couple bucks by taking your rental car over to Culebra or Vieques — think again.

The cargo ferries are not intended for tourists. There is limited room that locals need for transportation and supplies. They do not provide reliable tourist vehicle transport and in order to buy a ticket you need to show a vehicle registration, which you won’t have for a rental car.

Cargo Ferry

Cargo Ferry Basics

For the record, we have never tried to take our car on the cargo ferry. But we wanted to publish this information, just so that people have it.

There is a cargo ferry that runs between Ceiba and Culebra and one between Ceiba and Vieques. You need to make a reservation in order to get a vehicle on the ferries. They sell out quickly, so book as far in advance of your trip as possible. This can only be done in person at the dock. If you want to be a passenger on a cargo-passenger ferry, those tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.

Passengers are permitted on the cargo-passenger ferries, though they are usually slower boats than the passenger ferries, and there are fewer seats. The trip can take 45-90 minutes depending on which ferry you’re on, and the weather. Adverse weather conditions may alter the schedule. The one time we took the cargo ferry (because we had no other choice), we sat outside, but there was no roof overhead. So you can get either sunburned or soaking wet if you sit out there! Inside, the AC was cranked all the way down, so it is freezing. You have your choice of risking sunburn outside or frostbite inside. But latley, you have no choice and the cargo-passenger ferry is the only one running.

If the gasoline supply truck is on the cargo ferry, passengers will not be allowed on that ferry (only the drivers of the vehicles on the ferry). Also, when the cargo ferry is full of its cargo, it will leave (not wait for posted departure time).

Cargo and Cargo/Passenger Ferry Schedule

This is the posted schedule 1/2022: NOTE- This is subject to change!

  • Ceiba to Culebra
    (7 days a week)3:00 am ,• 7:00 am • 11:30 am • 3:30 pm • 7:30 pm
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    (7 days a week) 5:00am • 9:00 am • 1:30 pm • 5:30pm, • 9:30 pm
  • .

  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (M-F) 4:30am (only cargo), •5:00am, •9:00 am • 1:00pm •4:30 pm ( only cargo) •5:00 pm •8:00pm
  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (Sat/Sun) , 5:00am • 9:00am • 1:00pm, • 5:00pm • 8:00 pm
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (M-F) 6:30am, •7 am (cargo only) •7:30am •11am, • 3:00 pm •6:30 pm • 7:00pm (cargo only)•7:30pm,•9:30pm
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (Sat/Sun) 6:30am, • 11am • 3:00pm, • 6:30pm • 9:30 pm

Cargo Ferry

Cost of Vehicles for the Cargo or Cargo-passenger Ferry

Check our passenger ferry article for other passenger fares and other info about being a passenger on the the ferry. Round trip fares for small cars will be about $22 to Vieques and Culebra. As the size of the vehicle gets larger, so does the price…small SUV about $32, small pickup truck is about $55, Larger trucks are more etc. Check the Puerto Rico Ferry “Fares” page for exact rates. The car/truck driver’s fare is included in the fee for the vehicle. Payment can be made in cash or via VISA/Mastercard. For extra passengers, one-way ticket to Culebra costs $2.50 per person and a one-way ticket to Vieques costs $2.00 per person. Kids and seniors have reduced rate. Remember to add the passengers on while buying tickets.

For just purchasing passenger tickets for the cargo-passenger ferry ahead of time, that can be done online at the ferry ticket page. Small Island locals can still buy tickets in person, at the ferry terminal ticket window. Visitors can only buy tickets at the dock window 1 hr before each scheduled trip. Only part of the tickets are sold online, so if it sells “sold out”, there should be tickets available in person. Most of these are reserved for residents only, but they may have some available for tourists.

Making a Car Reservation for the Cargo Ferry

Reservations are required for cars/cargo on the cargo ferry. You really can only do that at the ticket window

Cargo Ferry

Getting Your Stuff onto the Cargo Ferry

You must be at the loading dock early on your reserved day and time or you will lose your spot. They recommend 1 hour before departure. If you are late, they will NOT hold the ferry for you. When you arrive at the ferry dock you have to check-in at the window where they validate your reservation. Bring your vehicle to the ship and someone will tell you when/where to load. These workers usually ask your name and compare it to the reservation list. Once you are parked on the ferry, they may need to you to hang around until everyone is loaded, because they sometimes have to jockey the cars/trucks around to fit everyone.

Cargo trucks get priority, so even with a reservation, passenger cars may get bumped if a cargo truck needs a spot, which can leave you stranded and your plans totally messed up. Tourists just shouldn’t do it. Rent a car on the smaller islands and save yourself a lot of stress and extra effort.

It takes about 45-1 hr mins for the ATM cargo ferry to get to Vieques. It takes about 1.5 hrs to get to Culebra .

Cargo Ferry

Directions to the Ceiba Ferry Terminal from the San Juan Area

The Ceiba ferry Terminal, as well as the Ceiba Airport, is located in the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba. If you already know where the Ceiba Airport is, then finding the Ceiba Ferry Terminal will be easy for you.

Drive-time from the San Juan (SJU) Airport to the Ceiba Ferry Terminal is about 75-90 minutes.

If traveling to the ferry terminal from the San Juan area, you’ll want to take Route 26 east to Route 66 east to Route 3 east (toward Fajardo). Route 66 ends on Route 3 in Río Grande, so you’re taking Route 66 to the end. Note that Route 66 is a toll road, and an AutoExpreso transponder is required for the tolls.

Continue east on Route 3 toward Fajardo. Once in the Fajardo area, Route 3 becomes Route 53. Once you’re on Route 53, you’ll want to take Exit 2 at KM 1.4 (which is before the first toll booth). This is the exit for the Puerto del Rey Marina and the Ceiba Airport. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left under Route 53, then continue straight. This will put you back on Route 3 heading south. Then, really all you need to do is follow the signs for the Puerto del Rey Marina and the Ceiba Airport. Continue on Route 3 past the Puerto del Rey Marina on your left.

You’ll continue on Route 3 to KM 52.4, where you’ll turn left onto Tarawa Drive. Landmarks here include a solar farm on the right, and the “Bienvenidos Ceiba” sign in the photo above. Continue straight on Tarawa Drive until you arrive at the guardhouse at the entrance to the naval base. If there is a guard, just tell them that you are going to the ferry.

Once through the gate, follow the brown “Ferry” signs — At the first V, you’ll go left onto Forrestal Drive. At the second V, you’ll follow the road as it curves to the left. At the third V, go right. Then, finally, turn left onto Marina Drive. Continue on Marina Drive until you come to the parking area and blue DTOP ATM building on your right.

There is a parking lot further down the road from the ferry that will provide transportation to the ferry in a van. They charge $8 per 24 hr. I suggest you do not park on the side of the road, they do give out parking tickets.

Ticket window opens 1 hr before each scheduled trip.

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