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.

Catch the Ferry from Ceiba to Culebra or Vieques

Update- 1/22 : Some tickets will be available ahead of time (usually only 1 month at a time). Check their https://www.puertoricoferry.com page for more info .If they say “advanced tickets sold out online”, there should still be some tickets available at the ticket window at the dock, but not always. Small island locals will have priority over any other people visiting. ALL ITINERARIES AND RULES (like tourists being allowed to travel) ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

There are three types of ferries that run between Ceiba/Culebra and Ceiba/Vieques — passenger ferries and cargo and cargo-passenger ferries. The passenger ferries carry passengers only — no cargo, so it is a faster trip!. The cargo-passenger ferries carry both passengers and cargo (including cars). There is also a “cargo” only cargo ship…no passengers. So as a passenger, you can also use the cargo/passenger ferries to travel to the out islands!

The crossing on the passenger ferries from Ceiba to Culebra should take about 45 minutes, while the crossing from Ceiba to Vieques should take about 30 minutes. The cargo/cargo-passenger ferries will take a longer- about 45 mins to Vieques and about 1.5 hrs for Culebra. For now, the Vieques route will be to Isabel Segunda/Town pier (some time in the future, they might be using the Mosquito Pier) and Dewey in Culebra.

To buy tickets, see the current schedule and availablity, you can go to the ferry ticket page and/or download their APP. The web page and the APP (City Experiences) are in English and Spanish and explains everything!

Starting October 2018, all ferries will be operating out of the new ferry terminal in Ceiba. (No longer in Fajardo).

Ceiba Ferry

The Ferries

The ferries will be operated by Puerto Rico Ferries, under contract to the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority (MTA). They also have some cargo/cargo-passenger ferries and and the PR ATM will have some ferries in use when needed. Note- there are fewer seats available for passengers than we had with the ATM run ferries, so there may not be room for everyone that wants to use them.

At the moment, PR ATM will still be “in charge” of the operations (ticket sales, schedules etc). They may also be using their boats when needed. This process should change over to HMS (PuertoRico Ferries) in 2023. .

Ceiba Ferry

The Ferry Terminal

The terminal building and parking lot are located on Marina Drive in the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base.

Ticket windows are located on the outside wall, waiting room for 400 people, still there are only portable toilets (some nice ones too) for bathrooms, but there is a concession stand for snacks/drinks (and one bathroom) are inside.

Passenger Ferry Schedule

For reasons I can’t figure out, the ferry schedule changes often (sometimes every day…due to weather, holidays, maintenance, break downs, someone’s whim…who knows why etc). We are hoping things improve. Please check the official ferry page for the daily itinerary.

The passenger only ferry for Ceiba is (as of 1/22)…

  • Ceiba to Culebra
    ( 7 days a week) 3:00 pm • 5:30pm (Note- you can use the cargo-passenger ferry also-see below)
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    ( 7 days a weekF)4:00pm • 7:00 pm (Note- you can use the cargo-passenger ferry also-see below)
  • .

  • Ceiba to Vieques (Isabel Segunda)
    (M- F) 6:30 am (for other times, use cargo-passenger ferry- see schedule below)
  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (Sat/Sun) must use cargo/passenger ferry
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    ( M- F) 7:30am (for other times, use cargo-passenger ferry -see below)
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (Sat/Sun)only cargo/passenger ferries running

Cargo and Cargo/Passenger Ferry Schedule

Check our cargo ferry articles for other info about the the cargo ferry.

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) •7:30 am •11:00am, 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

Can I Take My Rental Car to Culebra or Vieques?

According to the PRFerry page, They say you cannot take a rental car on because you need the vehicle registration to buy the ticket. But I have heard of people doing it. So the real answer is “it is really not a feasible or ethical option”. Only residents of the small islands should use the cargo ferries. There is limited room that locals need for transportation and supplies. Your non-resident reservation may be bumped by a cargo truck that needs the spot. Or if there is a problem with the ferry, you may be stranded for hours or even days.

Buy Tickets for a Passenger to Culebra or Vieques online at PRFERRY

For now, ticket prices are the same for everyone (locals and tourists)

A one-way ticket to Culebra costs $2.50 per person. A one-way ticket to Vieques costs $2.00 per person. . Kids 4-12 years old and seniors 60-74 years old cost $1.00 per person, seniors 75 years and older and kids 3 and under are free. You are allowed one small carry-on baggage free included in your ticket price. Extra luggage or things (coolers, tents, chairs, bikes, cases or beverages etc) have an extra fee. Remember to add them on while buying tickets. There is also a service charge when buying tickets online. Ticket sales are still being handled by the PR MTA. Purchasing tickets ahead of time 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.

Ceiba 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 large parking lot further down the road from the ferry terminal 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.

Ceiba Ferry

Other Info

You can bring coolers, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, snorkel gear, etc. with you. The coolers and large things will be stored away from the seating areas — usually outside and/or in the front or the back of the boat — the crew will tell you where to put the items, and you have to go pick it up on the way off the ferry. Bikes are only allowed on the cargo ferry.

The trip over can be a little rough (especially in winter months!). Sea sickness bags are available on-board. If you are prone to motion sickness, take sea sickness medicine at least one hour before boarding the ferry so that is ready to work when you need it. Sometimes the seas are flat, and sometimes they’re not. I find the westbound trip back from Culebra/Vieques to be less rough than the eastbound trip to the islands.

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