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.

Spend Some Time Exploring Culebrita

Culebra is a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico that is loaded with enough great beaches, snorkel spots and even some hiking to keep you busy for a few days. But as you look out from Zoni beach, the island of Culebrita beckons.

This tiny cay — located off the north-east corner of Culebra — is uninhabited, visited only by a few people every day, and holds many wonderful “secrets” waiting to be explored. You can only get there by boat, but it is totally worth the effort in order to experience this unspoiled island.

Culebrita

Culebrita boasts beautiful white sand beaches, clear water with great underwater visibility for snorkeling, a wild turtle population that frequents the area (and are often seen), some amazing “baths” (rock formations that slow the large northern waves and form a Jacuzzi-like experience), ruins of an old lighthouse, and some walking trails that will get you across and up to the top of the cay. The island is a wildlife refuge, so you’ll see birds and some other animals.

I love this little island. It is too beautiful to describe, and even the photos don’t do it justice.

We have visited Culebrita a couple different times, but for only a couple hours each time. If you spend the whole day there, you might be able to explore the whole island.

Beaches and Ruins of a Lighthouse

If you take a water taxi from Culebra, they will usually drop you off on the south-west of the island, which has a thin strip of nice white sand and (usually) calm water. There is decent snorkeling on this beach, though the reef is a bit off shore.

On the south end of this beach, there is a trail that leads across the island. If you start on this trail, you will quickly come to a Y in the path. If you go left at the Y, it will lead to Playa Tortuga. If you go left at the Y, it will lead uphill to the lighthouse ruins. I hear there is also a branch off of the trail to Playa Tortuga that leads to Trash Beach — not a very nice name, but it looks like a nice beach from the photos. The walk to either Playa Tortuga or to the lighthouse ruins is about 20 minutes.

Culebrita

Playa Tortuga is a beautiful, white-sand cove on the north-west side of the cay, and it is home to some decent snorkeling. Playa Tortuga is also the home and feeding grounds for some Green turtles (hence the name “Turtle Beach”). They are frequently seen around this beach.

All the way to the right (facing the water), you will come to a rocky tip of the cay, where the rocks break the crashing waves, leaving a nice rush of cool water into the warmer tidal pools.

The trail that leads to some lighthouse ruins is uphill and hot, but so worth the effort. The lighthouse (Faro Isla de Culebritas) was put into service in 1886, and was operating until 1975. Since then it has been left to ruin, from both natural and human forces. But what is left is still beautiful.

Culebrita

Going into the lighthouse is not allowed, and we would never suggest that anyone do it, but the view from the top is amazing. The metal stairs to the top are badly deteriorated.

In October 1981, the lighthouse was added to the US National Register of Historic Places. If you search the grounds, you will find the green brass dome that used to sit atop the lighthouse, but was blown off during a storm.

On our walk up to the lighthouse, we saw evidence of the wild deer(probably goats not deer) that live on the island, but we did not see any running around. (I have heard this little path we used has been upgraded and widened, almost a road now!).

Culebrita

Getting to Culebrita

If you are on the big island of Puerto Rico, East Island Excursions offers a Culebra Get-away trip from Fajardo that sometimes goes to Culebrita. That’s how we visited the island the first time.

Culebrita

If you’re staying on Culebra, your options are a day-sail or a water taxi. Another time we visited Culebrita, was on a day-sail aboard the Pez Vela with Captain Bill. For water taxis, the boat ride to Culebrita is about 20 minutes. Prices vary depending on the number of people in your party, the time of year, and other variables. But you can expect around $45-$60 per person. The water taxis will drop you off, and then come back to pick you up at a pre-arranged time (and location).

Here is a list of water taxis on Culebra (that I have from the last time we stayed on the island). This list is not exhaustive, and these little businesses come and go every couple months, so check for updated contact info once you’re on the island. You will find ads for these (and more) at the airport, grocery stores, bakeries and almost every other place in town!

  • Gammy’s Water Tours & Taxi — 787-423-2469 — grohlsen@yahoo.com
  • Willy’s Water Taxi — 787-742-3537
  • Guilin’s Water Taxi — 787-742-0575
  • Culebra Water Taxi — 787-360-9807
  • Captain Sebastian (motorboat) — 787-435-4498

Things to Remember

Care must be taken when doing any of these activities. There are no lifeguards or safety personnel on the island. Keep a close eye on the water, wave, and weather conditions. The hiking paths are open to the public, but the lighthouse is closed to the public due to its damaged condition.

Culebrita

Locals enjoy visiting Culebrita, so expect a few boats to be moored here on the weekends (especially in the summer).

There are not facilities on the cay, so you need to bring everything you will need for the day — towels, sunblock, snorkeling gear, bug repellent, proper shoes (sturdy soles that strap to your foot and can get wet, for exploring the hiking trails, lighthouse area ,and baths) and all food and drink (lots of water!) you may want.

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