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.

The Colors of Crash Boat Beach

Update Dec. 2nd, 2017- Post Maria- There was some damage to the kiosks/buildings. But the beach is usable. Sadly, no fishing boats anymore…at least for now.

Puerto Rico is blessed with so many beautiful beaches, and Crash Boat Beach is one of them. It is very popular, so it can be busy (especially on weekends), but it is has two sandy areas with ample space people to spread out. here are some facilities, some food and water sports vendors, and even a chair/umbrella rental place. It is a colorful beach, with the pier and the fishing boats, you can get lots of good photos. Really, this beach offers something for everyone! If you are in the area, it is a must-visit stop.

Crash Boat Beach is located in Aguadilla, on the west side of Puerto Rico. There are remnants of a ship at the shoreline on the far left side (when facing the water). I don’t know for sure, but I assume that is how the beach came to be called “Crash Boat”.

Crash Boat Beach

The old pier is left over from the US Air Force, who used it to dock rescue boats. The pier is painted in bright greens and yellows, and it is open for visitor use for fishing (when people are not swimming), for jumping into the water for fun (there is a ladder to climb back up), and the pilings below make it a great snorkel/dive site.

Crash Boat Beach

Be mindful of the current. Depending on the tides and recent weather, there can be swift rip currents pulling away from the pier. This is especially true in the winter months.

This is a much-photographed spot. It used to be due to the colorful fishing boats that are lined up on the right side of the beach. For years, the fishermen had maintained their small boats in all sorts of colors, and prop them up. But Maria and rising tides have taken much of the beach and ruined the buildings. I don’t know if anything remains of the fisherman building, you used to be able to get their fresh catch of the day right there at the fish market.

As a beach, it is fairly large (there are 2 areas). The sand is nice, light gold color, the water is crystal clear. Crash Boat Beach

The first beach you come to as you come down the hill is the “pay for parking” beach. This beach is “maintained”, meaning it is cleaned every morning, and has some facilities (like showers and restrooms, though I hear the restrooms are gross and sometimes not in working order). I also saw a first aide station, though I don’t think there are life guards. This is the area of the beach I recommend that you use.

There is a roped off swimming area, so you don’t have to worry about boats, jet skis, nor kayaks coming in while you’re swimming. There are a few shady areas if you go by the rocks. There are a number of picnic tables in the shade, and then plenty of open areas to enjoy the sun.

Crash Boat Beach

If you pass the first parking area, you go over a small stream/river, and continue around until you come to another parking area, which is free. This is the “free” side … so it is not “maintained” and can get really dirty/gross on a holiday weekend! There are no roped off areas for swimming, boats come and go here, so be careful swimming (best to go to the other side). This is where the fishing boats dock.

But this side has the activities and food! There is a company (West Paradise Water Sports) that rents SUP, kayaks, and snorkel equipment, and offers banana boat rides and guided snorkel tours right on the beach. Check their Facebook page to make sure they will be available when you are there. You will find food stands at the parking lot and by the fish market. There is also a small restaurant/bar (though I don’t know if they are open every day).

The snorkeling is decent. There are a lot of fish and some corals on the pier pilings. It is possible to get from one side of the beach to the other, but you will have to either walk along the road, or hop up and down the pier. Either way, it would be tough to do carrying all your beach gear!

Crash Boat Beach

Details

There is no charge to use the beach, per se. Just a charge to park in the parking lot. That lot fills up quickly on holidays and weekends (especially in the summer). You can park on the street and walk to the beach … just be mindful of the “no parking” areas.

From the San Juan area, take Route 22 west to Route 2 west. Turn right onto Road 107, and then left onto Road 458. Follow the signs (and traffic).

Crash Boat Beach is about a 2-hour drive from the San Juan area.

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