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.

Discover Some of the Best of Culebra

2/21- Due to limited Ferry space, they can’t offer the tour that provides ferry tickets. If you are on Culebra, they are offering the snorkel tour.

Culebra Island Adventure

Culebra has a bunch of wonderful things about it. For us, two major ones are the great beaches and the underwater critters that you can encounter while snorkeling. Who wouldn’t want to visit one of the top 10 beaches in the world AND come face-to-face with sea turtles, and other neat sea creatures, all in one day? We make sure to visit Culebra on our own for at least a couple days every year.

If you don’t want to go it alone, Culebra Island Adventures offers a tour that gives you a taste of some of the best stuff on Culebra. They coordinate all the transportation and guide you, so that you get the most out of the experience.

About Culebra

Culebra is a small island to the east of Puerto Rico. The western side of Culebra is loaded with coral reefs, and it is home to the Luis Peña Marine Reserve, so there are lots of fish and other sea life to be found. It is our favorite place to snorkel on the island. Some of the best reefs are a bit difficult to get to from land, so kayaking to them one of the best ways to go.

Culebra Island Adventure

Culebra also has a number of beautiful beaches. Playa Flamenco is a must-see beach — white sand, clear blue water, and amenities make it a wonderful day-trip destination.

But getting to Culebra can be a hassle — you either have to get the ferry from Ceiba (which sells out, and can be stressful and confusing) or fly. Once on Culebra you need to get transportation to the beaches, get snorkel stuff, underwater camera, kayak rental, etc. Culebra Island Adventures offers a couple different tours, where they take care of all the details. All you have to do is show up and let them show you some of the best stuff on Culebra.

Our Visit

Culebra Island Adventure

We recently took a 3-day mini-vacation to Culebra with my brother and sister-in-law. Our plans called for beaches and snorkeling. One morning, we made plans to go kayaking and snorkeling with Culebra Island Adventures.

We met up with Damian, Diego and Laura from Culebra Island Adventures at Playa Tamarindo at 10:30am, where they had their kayaks all set up and ready.

After getting us geared-up (snorkel, mask, fins, life jacket), they gave a quick demo on how to kayak, and away we went. Our group was 6 people total, with 2 guides (one in the front, and one bringing up the rear). Their kayaks are 2-person, sit-upon ocean kayaks.

Culebra Island Adventure

We kayaked for about 20 minutes, until we got to the reef offshore from Playa Tamarindo Grande, where we would be snorkeling. The water here is about 15-20 feet deep, but it is clear, so you can see well. The coral was pretty, and the guides would dive down and find us things to look at and hold (like sea stars, urchins, etc).

This reef is in the Luis Peña Marine Reserve, so it is a great spot to snorkel, with lots of fish, sea fans, corals of all colors, lobsters, and a couple large groupers. We snorkeled here for about 45 minutes, then got back into our kayaks and back to where we started on Playa Tamarindo.

When we got back to the beach, we were offered a snack of sandwiches, chips, apples, soda, and water. After our snack, we snorkeled from the beach with our guide to what big sea critters we could find.

Culebra Island Adventure

There are almost always a few turtles out in the sea grass beds that are just off-shore within a 3-4 minute swim (if yo know where you are going!). There are usually sting rays there, too.

We snorkeled around, finding turtles, sting rays, and more fish. Our guide showed us the Elk Horn coral “farm” just off-shore, where there were university students measuring the growth. There were lots of fish in the coral-growing pens. Once the coral grows to a certain size, it is transplanted onto existing reef structures. You can see that the coral is doing pretty well, and we’re seeing a lot more fish that are calling the new reef “home”.

Culebra Island Adventure

After checking out the coral farm, we headed back toward the beach. Along the way, we saw a spotted ray, even a nice octopus (that put on a great show for us), and some other small sea critters that the guide pointed out to us.

It was a fun morning, and we got some great photos. My brother and sister-in-law were so thrilled because this was the closest they have ever been to sea turtles and the octopus. Really cool!

Some Thoughts and Observations

Culebra Island Adventures only offers their kayak tours in the morning (11am). In the afternoon, the wind usually picks up, and that makes it more difficult to paddle the kayak.

Culebra Island Adventure

It is a nice family business, operated by mom, dad, and their son. They take a lot of photos during the trip (over 450 from our trip), which they upload to a Facebook album for you to share. They also offer an option where you can buy the photos from your trip.

They say they like to keep the kayak group small, with a maximum of about 18 people (9 kayaks or so).

For people that don’t want to kayak and just want a guided trip to see the turtles, they offer a tour that is just that (with a snack and photos).

Normally, when we review an activity that is not free to the public, we pay the admission price out of our own pockets. However, we just want you to know that the guys at Culebra Island Adventures were kind enough to offer us this trip for free. While we don’t feel that this free ride influenced our review one way or the other, we felt that we should tell you, just as a matter of fact.
Ray & Gwenn

Details

The basic Sea Venture 1 tour (that we described above) costs $54, and includes kayaking, snorkeling, and transportation on Culebra. They have other options (for an additional cost) that include the ferry from Ceiba (Sea Venture 2) $59. It includes a stop at Playa Flamenco. All tours include snacks.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

They run tours on 7 days a week.

If you’re staying on Puerto Rico, allow a full day (8:30am until after 6:00pm). The actual kayak/snorkel part is about 3 hours.

You can call them at 787-529-3536 for more information.

You can visit the Culebra Island Adventures web site for more information or to make a reservation.

You can email them at info@CulebraIslandAdventures.com for more information.

If they are booked or not offering a tour on the day that you want to do it, Kayaking Puerto Rico offers a similar tour.

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