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 a Day on Icacos Enjoying Sun, Beach, and Snorkeling

Puerto Rico is beautiful, and it has great beaches. But if you want that really “Tropical Island” look, heading to an out-island is best. The Innovation Snorkel Tour is your passport to the fun. They take you to Icacos Island, a small island just a quick boat ride away from Fajardo. There, you get to snorkel, swim, sun bathe, eat, drink and be merry at this white sand, clear blue water paradise.

Located off the north east coast of Puerto Rico, Icacos Island is part of the island chain that makes up the La Cordillera Nature Reserve. The only way to visit is by boat. It is just a quick 30-minute boat ride from Fajardo. It is a popular destination due to its reefs, white sand, and clear blue water. If you don’t have your own boat, the crew on the Innovation would love to take you!

Innovation Icacos

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We met our crew (Hectmar, Kristian, and Captain Daty) and fellow passengers at the dock. They began by welcoming us with local pastries (yum) and juice or water. After a quick introduction, the “plan of the day” and safety briefing, we got onto the boat and headed off.

Once we got out of the marina, we were free to move about the boat. The views are lovely – the colorful hotel, El Yunque in the distance, the Fajardo lighthouse, and eventually Icacos comes into sight. We tied onto a mooring ball near the “tortuga” reef and the crew started handing out snorkel gear (nice quality mask, fins, and a float belt) and they gave instructions to those who wanted to go snorkeling. They divided the group into those with experience and those that needed extra help, and each group went with one crew member.

Innovation Icacos

Once in the water, they guided the groups to see the reef and explained the different types of corals that we saw. We have been Icacos many times in the past, and I can’t say it is the greatest snorkeling in the world, but it is enjoyable and you will see corals and lots of different types of fish and colorful sea fans. As it is wild, you never know for sure what you may see — at times turtles and dolphins frequent the area.

Innovation Icacos

Once we finished the guided part of the snorkeling we headed back near the boat. There, you could play in the water or just hang out on the boat. Oh yeah, and now that the snorkeling is over the bar is open! They have different rum drinks, and of course water and soft drinks are always available. They make a special cocktail (they call it a “Coco Libre”) that was light and refreshing yet packs a punch!

Then the food was set out. The buffet of cold cuts and salads were tasty and filling on delicious Puerto Rican bread – pan de agua. Innovation Icacos

Next, the captain then moved the boat to shore where people were free to do whatever they liked for about 3 hours – swim, sun bathe, beach comb. They also have this big floating mat to lay on, and some other water items if you wanted to play. Kristian also offered a short hike to the remains of a limestone mining operation. He told us the history of the island, and even about the nature stuff we passed on the trail. The views were great. Thankfully, he supplied us with mosquito repellent because there were some hungry mosquitoes there!

Innovation Icacos

Our trip was on a Sunday, so it was an afternoon tour, which meant we got sunset on the beach. As the day wore down, the colors came up! Also, other fruits and cookies came out to for us to snack on. Even though it had been a beautiful sunny day for us, it had been raining all day on the main island, so the clouds blocked our sunset, but we did get some color. Finally, we motored home tired and relaxed, watching night fall, and the lights come on back on the big island. It was a very enjoyable day.

Innovation Icacos

I have to say this was a very personable crew, and they “get” tourism. The boat has a maximum of 25 guests, so the crew isn’t overwhelmed with people. Throughout the day they made sure everyone was happy, had enough to drink, and took photos – with their cameras or yours. At the end of the day, they sent you the photos they took (via text or WhatsApp).

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 Innovation Snorkel Tour 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

Innovation Icacos

Details

The cost of this tour is $72 per adult, and $68 for kids (2-12 years old). Plus IVU (sales tax). Book Now

They run this tour 7 days/week. Registration is at 10am Mondays through Saturdays, and at 1pm on Sundays.

Bring sunscreen, a cover-up (rash guard shirt), sunglasses, hat, towel, and waterproof camera. If you want to hike, shoes that strap on would work better than flip-flops. There are showers (and restrooms) at the marina that you can use afterward.

Allow about 6 hours for the whole tour.

You can call them at 787.567.1971 for more information.

You can visit their web site for more information or to book the tour.

There is a maximum capacity of 25 people on this tour. The boat can also be charted for private parties.

This tour leaves out of Marina Puerto Chico, which is on Road 987, in Fajardo.

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