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)
πŸ›’ 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)
πŸ” 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.
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
πŸ›’ 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)
β›΅ 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
πŸ‘ͺ 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.
πŸ“„ 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.

Hiking on Culebra

As time goes on, it seems more and more changes happen. Land gets sold, trails become roads….Maybe some of the excitment of the hidden trails is gone, but the beauty at the end of the trail is always there!

Culebra Hiking

While Culebra is known for its beautiful beaches, great sea life, and relaxing lifestyle, there are also some hiking trails for those times you want to get away from the beach. Some hikes are an easy walk on the beach, and others are longer and more difficult.

While not hiking per se, if you don’t want to rent a car, it is possible to walk all over Culebra. We saw one woman walk from the Punta Soldado area to Flamenco Beach within a few hours! There aren’t a lot of cars on the roads in Culebra, but it is sunny and hot!

We rented a Jeep during a recent multi-day trip to Culebra, so we were able to drive to the starting locations for each of our hikes.

Flamenco Lagoon

Flamenco Lagoon, Culebra

For a nice easy walk, we followed the dirt road around the Flamenco Lagoon. Unfortunately, it is across the street from the dump, and people have dumped trash at the beginning of this road when the dump is closed. But after the initial 50 yards, it is nice.

We stayed on the dirt road, and we occasionally caught a glimpse of the lagoon through the trees and could do some bird-watching. We followed the dirt road for about 0.6 miles, and it eventually came out on the northeast end of Flamenco Beach, near the Shark Cages or Muellecito. Once on Flamenco Beach, there are picnic tables where you can enjoy the great view.Note- from time to time there is a “rights fight” and someone puts a gate across. But this should be open for public use.

Playa Resaca from Helicopter Pad

Playa Carlos Rosario

Playa Carlos Rosario, Culebra

Carlos Rosario Beach is considered by many to be the best snorkeling spot on Culebra. In order to get to this beach, we had to hike for just under 1 mile.

Starting in the Flamenco Beach parking lot, we went to the back corner, where there is a chained gate. Though it has a keep out sign, lots of people have gone through the gate, and followed the path (which is well-used, and easy to follow). It is about a 30-minute walk, up and down hills in the full sun from the parking lot to Carlos Rosario Beach. Note- last time we went, the gate was open. Just make sure to stay on trail.

Road to Punta Soldado

Punta Soldado, Culebra

During our trip to Culebra, we rented a Jeep, but the contract said we could only use it on paved roads. We wanted to snorkel at Punta Soldado, and the road to the beach is a loose gravel surface. So we had to park at the end of the blacktop and walk to the beach.

The walk to the beach is about 0.3 miles, on a pot-hole filled dirt road, in the full sun. Easy downhill walk to the beach, harder uphill walk back to the car. We were happy to have drinking water with us! With a Jeep, driving down is possible (we have even seen regular cars go down, but no golf carts please!).

Trail to Playa Brava

The hike to Brava Beach is a moderately difficult hike, downhill most of the way to the beach, and then back uphill back to your car.

Playa Brava, Culebra

To get to the trail head from Road 250, we turned at the Culebra Museum, and followed the road until it ended. We parked on the side of the road, being careful not to block either of the two gates. The trail to Brava Beach is through the gate at the end of the road (heading in the exact same direction as we were driving). There is a no pase sign, but obviously lots of people use this trail.

The first part is easy walking, up and then down, down, down. Then it goes to the left and we started going through bushes and down a dry stream/river bed. The path is well-used and well-marked, so it was easy to follow. It was obvious that there must have been some serious rains and flooding in the past couple years, even though Culebra is a relatively dry island. Update note 3/18 from a post on Culeabra Fb page – “Tip: There’s a new trail most of the way down. It’s to your left as you begin going down the big hill. Orange rope hanging there. Cloth straps marking the way. Gets a little hairy but made it with an 8 yr old. Pay attention. If you take the old path all the way down it ends in a huge jumbled mess. Bring a trash bag, it needs some attention.

After hiking approximately 0.75 miles, we emerged on Brava Beach. Being on the north side of the island, Brava Beach is not a swimming beach. So we spent time walking on the beach and taking photos, before starting our hike back to the car.

Trail to Playa Resaca

The hike to Resaca Beach is a difficult hike, downhill most of the way to the beach, and then back uphill back to your car.

Playa Resaca, Culebra

To get to the trail head from Road 250, we took the road that goes "behind" (or on the north-east side of) the airport. We followed the road until it ended, and then parked at the little roundabout at the end of the road. When we got out of the car, we noticed two paths. One had a big gate, and was more like a road. The other was a tiny path behind a large rock, and marked with a little official “tortugas marinas” sign. It’s the little path that leads to the beach, not the gated path.

This path starts fairly easy and degrades quickly. The path was steep in places, and we found ourselves basically climbing down rocks. Then the path turns into a maze of trees/roots through a (thankfully) dried mud marshy area. Luckily, the path was well marked with blue tape marker flags when we went in April 2012.

After hiking approximately 0.5 miles, we emerged through the sea grapes onto Resaca Beach. Much like Brava Beach, Playa Resaca is not a swimming beach. So, again, we spent some time on the beach taking photos, then started our difficult hike back uphill to our car.

Important Stuff

If you plan to do any of these hikes, make sure you have plenty of water, something to eat, and shoes with sturdy soles. We hiked in Teva and Keen sandals.

Parking for most of these hikes are in remote areas. Don’t leave any valuables in your car.

Watch out for thorns, razor grass, and loose gravel along the trails.

These hikes describe hikes we did. You need to decide if you want to ignore any “no trespassing/no pase” signs.

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