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.

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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