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.

Anyone Up Fore Golf?

New Info- Covid times- The golf courses are now reopened- hours may be different than listed below! Some new rules in effect to help reduce Covid transmission- 1 person (couple) per cart, separated Tee times and maintain social distancing. Face Masks required. Check available Tee times!

Golf Course with El Yunque in the BackgroundEveryone comes to Puerto Rico for a different reason. If you are an avid golfer, Puerto Rico’s many golf courses might be reason enough! If you can’t decide which ones to go to, watch out, there are more courses are in the works.

There are courses for all types of players, from beginner to the best of the best. Even the Pros come here to play every year at the PGA Puerto Rico Open at the Coco Beach Golf Club and Resort.

Personally, I do not golf, but I have visited these courses, and the views from some of these greens are fantastic – the sun, breeze, palm trees, the blue ocean and light sand meeting the green of the course. I can see the appeal of spending a few hours out there!

Many of the courses in Puerto Rico have been designed by golf legends or illustrious designers. For example, Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the Bahia Beach courses, Tom Fazio designed the course at Rio Mar, Tom Kite designed the four 9-hole courses at Coco Beach in Rio Grande … just to name a few.

Golf Course with Palm TreesAs everyone knows, golf is not an inexpensive sport. You will notice the greens fees here vary greatly. Some courses are very affordable at about $65, while others can be $225 and up.

Here are some hints to help you save some money: high season is more expensive than low season, and morning tee times are more expensive than afternoon tee times. Also ,having the "resort" amenities on site (you know — things like saunas, massages, or a gourmet meal) will raise the price of the greens fees. Guests staying at the resorts and local residents usually get reduced rates.

There are two types of courses here in Puerto Rico: Resort courses (owned by, or associated with, a resort) and Independent courses (not associated with a resort).

Independent Courses

In general, the golf courses that are not part of a resort offer fewer amenities, but they cost less and are used by more local golfers. Examples are Rio Bayamon Golf Course in Bayamon, Club Deportivo in Cabo Rojo, Dorado del Mar in Dorado, Caguas Real Golf Club in Caguas, and Punta Borinquen in Aguadilla.

Resort Courses

Courses linked to a resort hotel will pamper their golfers with well-stocked pro shops and nicer clubhouses. They will have upscale restaurants and other luxury resort amenities like spas. North-eastern Puerto Rico has the highest concentration of resort courses: Coco Beach Golf & Country Club, Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club, and Palmas del Mar Resort.

So Where to Go?

One thing to note is that you must make advance reservations for tee times.

You can find out current fees and make Tee-time reservations by either calling the courses directly or using Caribe Golf, a free reservation service.

NorthEast

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Coco Beach Golf Club , Rio Grande
    • This is the course used by the PGA Tour, designed by Tom Kite.
    • Location: Road 955, Rio Grande
    • Phone:787-657-2000 ext 107
    • Website: Hyatt Coco Beach
    • Hours: Monday – Sunday 7:00am – 6:00pm
    • Holes: 2 different 18 hole courses
    • Amenities: Clubhouse with Pro Shop has indoor putting range/sand traps to test equipment and practice. Also restaurant and some Spa-like amenities.
  • The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort, Rio Grande
    • Location: 6000 Rio Mar Boulevard, Rio Grande
    • Phone: 787-888-6000 or 787-888-7060 or 800-474-6627 to speak to a Golf Representative
    • Website: Wyndham Golf
    • Hours: 7 days/week 6:00am – 5:30/6pm
    • Holes: 2 different 18 hole courses, the Ocean Course and the River Course
    • Amenities: Clubhouse with Pro shop and practice ranges. Also restaurant and Spa.
  • Bahia Beach Resort/St Regis, Rio Grande
    • Location: Road 187, km 4.2 Rio Grande
    • Phone: 787-809-8920
    • Hours: 7:00am – dusk (6pm or so)
    • Holes: 18
    • Website:Bahia Beach Golf
    • Amenities: Clubhouse/restaurant/bar/golf shop
  • El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo
    • Location: 1000 El Conquistador Avenue, Fajardo
    • Phone: (787) 863-6784 or 787-863-1000
    • Website: El Con web page
    • Hours: 7 days/week 7:00am – 6pm,
    • Holes: 18 hole course, designed by Arthur Hills, par of 72
    • Amenities: Clubhouse with Pro shop, lessons, and practice ranges. Also restaurant and Spa.
  • Palmas Athletic Club, Humacao- Open for Members only!
    • Location: Highway 3, km 86.4, Humacao
    • Phone: (787) -656-3000, or 787-656-3015
    • Hours: 7 days- 6:30am – 5:30pm
    • Web Site: Palmas Golf
    • Holes: 2 different 18 hole courses – The Palm Course and the Flamboyan Course
  • San Juan/metro/central Area

    • Rio Bayamon Golf Course
      • Location: Carr. 177, Bayamon
      • Phone: 787-740-1419
      • Hours: Monday- Sunday from 7:00am – dark
      • Holes:18
      • Rio Bayamon
      • There is also a driving range open Mon: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Tues-Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sun: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
      • Restaurant, rental equipment and Lessons available
  • Fort Buchanan Golf Course, Guaynabo
    • website: Buchanan Golf
    • Phone: (809) 707-3980
    • Hours: Monday- Sunday from 6:00am -6pm
    • Holes: 9
    • Proshop and snack bar
  • Caguas Real Golf and Country Club
    • Location: Caguas
    • Phone: 787.653.4653 or 787.323.5164
    • hours:Tue – Sun: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
    • Holes: 18
    • Caguas Real Golf
  • North Coast- North West

    • Dorado del Mar Golf Club- Temporarily Closed
      • Location: Dorado
      • Phone: (787) 796-3065
      • hours:7 days/week 6am-6pm
      • Holes: 18
      • Dorado Del Mar Golf
      • Also a Driving range and a snack bar
    • TPC-Dorado Beach Golf Club at the Ritz
      • Location: Dorado
      • Phone: 787-626-1001 ext 7209
      • hours:7 days/week 7am-6pm
      • Holes:18 on 3 courses- “East”, “Sugarcane”, “Pineapple”
      • Webpage: Dorado Beach Golf
    • Royal Isabela
      • Location: Isabela
      • Phone: (787) 609-5888
      • hours:Mon 12p-5p, Tues-Sun 8am-5pm
      • Holes: 18
      • Resort Guest, members or by invitation only!
    • Punta Borinquen Golf Club
      • Location: Aguadilla
      • Phone: (787) 890-2987
      • hours:7 days/week 6am-6pm
      • Holes: 18
      • Pro Shop and Practice Range , snack bar, lessons available
      • Punta Boriquen

    South Coast- South West

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