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.

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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