Mask Requirement (updated 18 Apr 2022)
😷 Masks are not required, neither indoors (with some execptions) nor outdoors. Masks are recommended in indoor situations where you cannot be certain of the vaccination status of other people
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 The requirment to check for vaccination card or negative test result has been eliminated
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
👪 The capacity limit has been removed, as has the requirement to wear a mask (if less than 1000 people are gathered)
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of 1000 or more people at facilities that encourage crowding — indoor or outdoor — must show proof of vaccination with booster (if eligible), OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 72 hours prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. Effective 10 Mar 2022, per executive order EO-2022-019 and administrative order OA-2022-533
😷 Owners and operators of public and private establishments may, at their discretion, implement health measures that they deem necessary - including requiring the use of masks, and screening for vaccination status or negative test results
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 08 Mar 2022)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, OR 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 08 Mar 2022)
📄 The requirement to complete the travel declaration has been eliminated for ALL travelers arriving in Puerto Rico
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 10 Mar 2022, per EO-2022-019)
• The requirement to present a vaccination card or negative test results has been eliminated for DOMESTIC travelers
✈️ 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.

A Boat Trip into La Parguera Biobay- Large or Small Boat Option

La Parguera in Lares, Puerto Rico

There are three bioluminescent bays (bio bays) in Puerto Rico — Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Laguna Grande in the north-east in Fajardo, and La Parguera in the south-west in Lajas. The biobay experience is pretty neat to see — the water glows when the microorganisms in it are agitated. You can take boat or kayak tours out into them to see it.

Some Background Info

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We first visited La Parguera biobay about 30 years ago, and we went on this large boat. We had never seen anything like it before. They poured a bucket of water on the deck of the little boat and it sparkled. My fondest memory of that trip was all the stars you could see while out in the biobay. It was so dark as we slowly motored through the water — the sky was littered with stars. Since our first trip to La Parguera, we have been fortunate to have been to both the Vieques and Fajardo biobays a number of times — it seems nothing compares to the glow of the Vieques biobay. But the brightness and “sparkle or glow” of all bio bays are subject to health of the water, weather and the moon cycle.

La Parguera in Lares, Puerto Rico

A Trip into the Biobay on the large Fondo de Cristal Boat

While there are now different choices of how to see the biobay, this is our experince going out on the LARGE boat that can accommodate many people. The company, Fondo de Cristal , has one large boat that has 4 glass-bottom viewing areas. The boat has 2 levels and I bet it could hold about 150 people. The upstairs was open air (for star gazing) while the bottom level had the glass-bottom viewing. The crew had music going during the boat ride. It was a fast boat — about a 20-minute ride from the dock to the biobay. I sat next to a viewing windows and you could see some glow as the boat moved through the water.

Once we got into the bay, the captain gave a really short, bilingual explanation of the biobay. Then a crew member scooped up a bucket of water that you could put your hands into and swirl it around to see some sparkles. Then they sent some crew members into the water to agitate the dynoflagellates. They went under the boat and moved their arms and legs under the glass-bottom viewing areas. Don’t expect glowing blue lights…think sparkle or white mist in the surrounding water. We were in the bay for about 15 minutes total before heading back to the dock.

The large boat experience wasn’t my cup of tea. But there are a few possible advantages of the large boat:

  • it is inexpensive
  • There is a bathroom on the boat.

Some Things To Consider

This is the only biobay in PR where you can swim, but that is not an option from the large boat. So I think a smaller boat tour would be better. As soon as you get to the La Parguera area, you will get confronted by all the biobay vendors asking if you want a trip. Or you can plan ahead and make reservations on a smaller boat or kayak trip or a snorkel/biobay trip.

Always check the biobay/moon calendar to for best nights to go.

The Details

Check the Fondo de Crystal webpage for current prices. They offer both the large boat and a small private biobay boat trip.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

Trips start at 7:00pm or so. Reservations are not required but suggested.

The phone number for Fondo de Cristal (used to be called Cancel Boats) is 787-899-5891

Check the Fondo de Crystal webpage or Their facebook page for more info and to make reservation.

There are also other companies that have smaller boat biobay tours or even kayak biobay tours
Johnny’s Boats 787 717-0777
Torres Boats
Paradise SCUBA has a boat trip.
Aleli Tours that has a 6 person boat.
Hook’d On Adventure that has boat biobay tours.
Parguera ecotours has a boat tour.
Kayaking Pargueras has a kayak biobay tour .
Parguera Watersports that has kayak biobay tours.

Driving directions: Take Road 304 to the end. At that tee, go to the left and there is a parking lot. The ticket office is right there as you enter the La Parguera pier area.

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