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.

Visit Beautiful Isla Cardona

3/21- The Coast Guard has closed the lighthouse…it is severely damaged and they are afraid it will fall and hurt someone. They request no one goes inside.

While I love the main island of Puerto Rico, sometimes just a short boat ride brings you to some of the prettiest little out-islands. Isla Cardona is just an 8-minute boat ride off of Ponce, but it offers a beautiful beach, nice snorkeling, some trails to explore, and a lighthouse. Unless you have your own boat or jetski, the trip offered by Waterland Adventures is your best way to get there.

Isla Cardona is a tiny island located just over one mile south of La Guancha in Ponce (on the south coast). This dry island offers visitors a few diversions besides a beautiful white sand beach. There are trails for exploring, a lighthouse you can enter, and beautiful coral reefs right off shore for snorkeling. The island is administered by the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources (DRNA).

Isla Cardona

Our Trip

We met the Waterland Adventures boat at 8am on the far west side of La Guancha boardwalk. After an initial scheduling glitch, they kindly fit us in on this trip. They take a maximum of 20 people on their boat (“Blackbeard”), so there’s plenty of room for everyone. The boat has benches under a covered roof, to keep the sun off, but that is really a non-issue as the ride to this island takes less than 10 minutes.

Once you get to Isla Cardona, there is no dock, so they anchor just a few feet off-shore, and you have to jump in the water (waist-deep) and walk up to the beach. They also ask that you participate in a “bucket brigade” — a line of people standing in a line from the boat to the beach — to help pass everyone’s stuff for the day from boat to the beach. It all worked well, everyone helped, and our stuff stayed dry.

Isla Cardona

On the tip of the island, there is a large covered area with picnic table. This is were the crew sets up the lunch spread, the snorkel gear, chairs, and tables. They have info on their snorkel tour here, and it’s the meeting place for the guided tours to the lighthouse. Lunch, snorkel tour, snorkel gear is all optional. If you bring your own stuff, you can set up anywhere you like.

We brought our own gear, so we set ourselves up on a lone stretch of beach at the coral fringed cove. We did a little exploring of the island, found the lighthouse trail, and checked out the lighthouse. We saw where the snorkel tour went (outside the outer reef), and then back inside in the cove. The guides took about 10 people out at a time. They gave a brief educational talk about the coral reef, what you would see, and how to protect it. People seemed to enjoy it.

Isla Cardona

As experienced SCUBA divers, we felt comfortable going out to snorkel on our own, without a guide. The snorkeling was nice. There were some beautiful fans, coral, and some different varieties of fish.

The outer reef is deep. The waves were a bit rough and visibility wasn’t the greatest due to a coming storm, but it was still pretty good. If you don’t own snorkel gear and/or want to go with a guide/lifeguard, they offer a snorkel tour for just a few bucks more. Probably a good idea for most people.

Isla Cardona

The crew also takes everyone to the lighthouse, and gives information about the lighthouse. This 1889 Spanish-designed lighthouse is still in operation, and it is listed in the US National Register of Historic Places. You can get some decent photos of and around the lighthouse.

Later in the day, we had our picnic lunch, and just enjoyed the sun, beach, and water. There are no faculties on the island, but the boat remains docked at the beach, and it has a marine head (toilet) if you need it. The island is open to anyone, so as the day progressed, lots of people with jet skis and boats came to enjoy the island. It wasn’t crowded-feeling, but I bet that it does become crowded on summer weekends. We all decided we should depart the island a little earlier than scheduled to avoid the coming storm. It was a really enjoyable day. And they posted some photos of our day on their Facebook page!

I have to give props to the crew for going around the island and picking up the trash that was left behind by the other visitors. They made a big difference to help the environment and to make our surroundings prettier. They say their trip is educational and environmentally focused, and they showed that it is more than just a marketing pitch.

Isla Cardona

Details

Waterland Adventures offers different packages. Their “basic package” includes only transportation to/from Isla Cardona. They have a “snorkel package” (for adults and kids over 6 years old) that includes everything on the basic package, plus use of snorkel gear, life jacket, orientation to snorkeling, the guided snorkel tour, and guided tour to the lighthouse. They have an “all inclusive package” that includes everything in the snorkel package, plus light lunch (sandwiches), soda, water, beach chair, and beach umbrella for the day. Regardless of the package you choose, you are allowed to bring whatever you want (cooler, chairs, etc), and you rent beach chairs and umbrellas for $5 each. Check their website for current prices. $3.00 DRNA fee included in the price. Basic Day Trip to Isla Cardona starts at about $25.00 per person 13 years and up, discount for kids under 13 years old. Snorkel Package starts at $50.00 per person 13 years old and up, discount for kids 6 to 12 years old. All Inclusive Package starts at $70.00 per person 13 years old and up. Discount for kids under 12 years old. You can book online at their web page:/

Waterland Adventures has general trips scheduled on weekends. The will go any day with a minimum of 6 people. Their boat holds a maximum of 20 people.You need to be at the dock to check-in at 8am. The boat leaves at 8:30am, and returns at 3:30pm.

The island has no facilities, so you need to bring everything you need for the day — sunscreen, hat, food/water, towel, camera, etc. They allow you to bring whatever you want — BBQ, chairs, etc. Just make sure you bring all your own trash back on boat with you when you leave. Bring decent shoes if you want to explore the island. Most of it is sandy, but here are some trails, and sharp corals.

You can call Waterland Adventures at 787-556-1568 or 787-432-9882, or send them an email to waterlandadventure@gmail.com for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit their Facebook page for more information./p>

To get there, take exit 104A from Route 52, then follow Route 12 south. You’ll have to drive through an industrial/port area … just follow the road to the parking area, where there is plenty of free parking. Waterland Adventures departs from La Guancha public boat ramp.

Allow at least 90 minutes drive to La Guancha from the San Juan area.

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