Hurricane Sam (updated 24 Sep 2021 @ 8am)
📍 Hurricane Sam is expected to strengthen to a "major" hurricane (Category 3) on Friday night or Saturday. The current forecast projection has the storm passing to the northeast of Puerto Rico. We will be keeping an eye on this system over coming days to monitor its development.
🌊 Expect storm surge from the hurricane to affect our beaches, especially on the north and east sides of the island, during the first half of the coming week.
🌦️ Keep an eye on our weather page for updates from the National Hurricane Center
Temporary Mandates from 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 (updated 20 Sep 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and in outdoor spaces where 50 or more people are gathered.
🛒 Restaurants, bars, and stores must remain closed from 12 midnight to 5am. This limitation does not apply to supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations, food take out and delivery, or healthcare.
🍺 Alcohol cannot be sold anywhere, nor consumed in public, from 12 midnight to 5am.
🚩 Effective 02 Sep to 14 Oct 2021 per executive order EO-2021-065. Note that this executive order was extended until 14 Oct on 20 Sep.
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 30 Aug 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardess of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documention to access their facility.This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021 per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show 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. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older.If you are un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

What’s Happening? July 2021

The month of July is probably the busiest month here in Puerto Rico. We have lots of holidays this month, so locals take vacation in July. Combine that with the tourists spending their summer vacation on the island, and you can expect lots crowds and lots of activities happening, especially on the weekends and holidays. July is a big month for town festivals.

At the moment, our COVID-19 numbers are super low, and we need to keep them that way! Maintain distance and wear a mask when indoors, or when you can’t social distance. A new Executive Order will go into effect 05 July 2021, and we are hoping things remain good!

While there is always something fun happening somewhere in Puerto Rico, there are a few special events each month that deserve a mention. Here are some highlights for July 2021.

July Events

July 2 to 4: Wake Up Summer 2021 (Despierto Verano)

This will be a party atmosphere with music, artisans, food and more! The highlight is a mural painting event where more than 50 murals will go up in the in the Urban Center of town. In Caguas, beginning at 12 noon. This Facebook page has a lot of specifics, or check this other Facebook page for more info.

July 2 to 25: Feria Agricola National (Agricultural Fair) On Wheels

Lajas is having an agricultural fair – with food, music, animals, rides, fresh agricultural products for purchase, artisans, and more. open daily from 9am to 6pm. This will be a safe activity – via drive-through with various stops along the way. You must buy a timed entrance ticket, priced per car and number of people in car. Held at the Finca Western Hay Farm, PR-305, in Lajas. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 3: Pangueo Summer Fest

Beach fun at Jobo’s Beach, in Isabela beginnig at 11am. Tons of music and food, games, artisans, and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 3: Family Celebration of Independence Day

Fort Buchanan US Army base is opening its doors to the community for a celebration of Independence Day. There will be live music, food, and fireworks! Plus activities for the kids. From 3pm to 10pm. Tickets are required: call 787-707-3974; 787-707-4391; 787-246-6264. ID is needed to get in. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 3 to 4: Festival Nacional De La Hamaca (Hammock Festival)

This year’s Hammock festival will be a bit different — There will be the Artisan MArket at the Plaza Agropecuaria, with loads of artisans, kiosks selling food and other things, and live music, from 9am to 6pm. There will also be a virtual format on their Facebook page, live from the festival and a link to a virtual Artisan Market. Held at the Centro Agropecuario de San Sebastián, RT 111. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July Events

July 12 to 16: Fiestas Patronales de Hatillo

Hatillo will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. It’s a 5-day party, featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 16 to 18: Fiestas Patronales de Cidra

Cidra will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. It’s a 3-day party, featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. It will be held at their Public Plaza. Check their Facebook page for more info.

July 16 to 18: Fiestas Patronales De Cataño

Catano will celebrate in honor of the town patron saint. Featuring food, live music, games, artisans, and more. Held at the Bahía Viva Cataño Waterfront. Check their Facebook page for more info.

Saint James Festival in Loiza

July 24 to 28: Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol

One of the most colorful examples of the melding of Puerto Rico’s Spanish and African cultural heritage would be the annual Fiestas Tradicionales en Honor a Santiago Apóstol (traditional festivities to honor Saint James) in Loíza. It is a multi-day event that occurs around July 25, the feast day of Saint James. Expect lots of colorful parades, dance shows, music (traditional bomba, along with newer stuff), and tables/kiosks selling crafts and traditional food. I have not heard for sure yet, but I expect On July 25, at the El Batey De Los Hermanos Ayala, the Ayala family hosts a bomba “show” with music and dancing.

July 25: El Picnic Festival in Caguas

A family picnic (pet friendly too!) in the Caguas Botanical Garden. Featuring food, music, games, artisans, and more. Beginning at 1pm. Buy tickets online, as space is limited. Check their Facebook page for more info.

Other Events

This is just a small subset of activities occurring this month. As always, be sure to check our events calendar, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for other events happening this month and throughout the year all across the island.

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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It has been referenced as being introduced to PR many places. Perhaps the books have pictures of Tainos playing with other indigenous lizards...just not the green iguana.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 Jul 2016

Who said that the iguanas of Puerto,Rico are not native. I've seen books of the Tainos playing with them in books Peter Q.

Comment by Peter Quinones on 04 Jul 2016

The Loiza Festival is a must. The Hermanos Ayala Bomba Fiesta will be July 26, at 12 noon-7pm at the Hermanos Ayala’s property. Bomba music and dancing, vijigante mask carving and a general street party! http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/loiza-festival/ Keep an eye on our Facebook page for other things/festivals and event.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Jul 2015

We are planning to be in Puerto Rico July 25-31. What's recommended to get a true taste of Puerto Rican dance, food and culture during that week (e.g. festivals, workshops, etc.)?

Comment by Horace on 11 Jul 2015

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