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.

Laguna Grande: Fajardo’s Bio Bay Revisited

Tours of the Fajardo BioBay have restarted!

Laguna Grande Bio Bay in FajardoPuerto Rico is such a diverse and interesting place. There are areas that are modern concrete jungles, and others that are still in their natural forms. Some of our most unique natural areas are the bioluminescent bays in Fajardo, Vieques and Lajas. These bay areas are home to the special dinoflagellates (Pyrodinium bahamense) that bioluminesce (glow in the dark when disturbed). These are fragile environments that can easily be ruined and lost forever. The biobay in Lajas has had so much boat traffic and pollution over the years and it isn’t healthy now as it once was. It hardly glows anymore.

Reducing Man’s Impact

The last time we were in Laguna Grande in Fajardo was back in 2003. Over the years, the health (brightness) of the biobay was diminishing due to the impact of humans. On any given night there are 150 to 200 people that kayak into the biobay. Swimming was allowed, which introduced all kinds of chemicals (bug spray, perfume, deodorant, hair gel, sunscreen, etc.) into the water. Luckily in the spring of 2007, the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources stepped in and banned tour operators from allowing their guests to swim in any of the bio bays, including Laguna Grande. This simple act reduced the wear and tear on the biobay and allowed nature to begin undoing the damage that humans inflicted on the environment. This past year we had heard the health of the biobay was making a comeback, so we were eager to see that for ourselves.

Bio Bay Is Brighter Than Ever

We recently (July 2008) went out with Kayaking Puerto Rico into Laguna Grande, and I am very happy to report that the biobay there glows healthier than ever! From what I saw, I think that the glow of the biobay in Fajardo is almost as bright as the biobay on Vieques (Mosquito Bay). However, the town of Fajardo is much more built-up than the area surrounding Mosquito Bay. There is more light pollution / ambient light in the sky in Fajardo, so the glowing effect seems less brilliant. Also, since you can’t swim, you have less up-close interaction with the bioluminescence. But the guides try to get you as far away from the lights as possible, to the darkest corners of the lagoon. And you can swirl the water with your hands and paddle and kick it with your feet and legs. The glow and sparkle is a fantastic experience to see.

The trip was really fun. Our guides were very funny, yet educational. They emphasize protecting the environment and even provide eco-friendly bug spray. We had 10 kayaks in our group, and this included 3 guides. This was good since some of the people in our group needed the educational part in Spanish, so one of the guides gave them the Spanish version. This company had lights on both the front and back of our kayaks which was nice because it lit our way in the canal. They turned off the front light when we got to the bay so we could see the glow better. We really enjoyed the experience.

If You Want To Go

There are many operators who will take you into the Fajardo biobay. They all depart from an area called Los Croabas new Seven Seas beach in Fajardo. Please refer to our overview article on Laguna Grande for all the details. You can also do a walking tour at Las Cabezas Nature Reserve, where you will walk to and stand on a board walk above the Laguna Grande BioBay. Or now there is also an electric boat trip into Laguna Grande. our review for more info. There is also the option of visiting Mosquito Bay on Vieques, even if you’re not spending the night on Vieques. Please refer to our review of evening trip to the Vieques biobay for more information. That trip to Vieques departs from Villa Marina in Fajardo. No matter which bio bay you want to visit, be sure to consult the bio bay viewing calendar so you can ensure that the moon will be favorable for viewing the bay on the night you want to go.

Los Croabas boat ramp is located at the end of Road 987 in Fajardo.

Los Croabas is about a 45-minute drive from our vacation rental in Rio Grande.

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