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
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📄 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.

Discover White Sand Beaches in Ceiba

6/21- The beaches are open, but there is a lot of Sargassum seasweed . 🙁 It is natural and will eventually dry and blow away. Los Machos Medio Mundo Beaches

When it comes to beaches, I like white sand and clear, blue water. But white sand is not all that common on an island like Puerto Rico that was created by a volcano and tectonic plate collisions.

Most of the beaches on the big island are cream or beige colored, with the occasional black sand beach. The white sand beaches are usually only found on coral islands off the coast.

So imagine my surprise when we went to Playa Los Machos and Playa Medio Mundo … and discovered two more white sand beaches on the big island!

Getting There

Los Machos Medio Mundo Beaches

We spent a day driving around the east part of the island between Fajardo, Ceiba, and Naguabo. We were really excited to find these two beaches

Both Los Machos and Medio Mundo beaches are located in Ceiba, on the east coast of Puerto Rico.

To get to these beaches from the north east, take Route 3 toward Ceiba … for the most part, you’ll want to follow signs toward the Ceiba Airport. You’ll see a huge "Welcome to Ceiba" sign, with arrows pointing toward beaches and airport. Turn off of Route 3 there, onto Tarawa Drive. That road leads to the gate for (the old) Roosevelt Roads navy Base. You’ll be looking for Calle 5 on the left, which is just before the gate into Roosevelt Roads.

If you follow Calle 5 straight to the end, you get to the boat ramp and pier (which is posted as no longer usable), a restaurant (open on weekends). You’ll also find local fishermen, with their boats and Pescaderia Machos, where you can buy fresh-catch from the local fishermen.

We walked around this area, taking some pictures, and we walked out on the long pier. From there, we could see the beach calling us, so we got back in the car. There is a small road that turns off of Calle 5 and that leads to Playa Los Machos.

Playa Los Machos

Los Machos Medio Mundo Beaches

Playa Los Machos means "Men’s Beach" in English. It’s a very long, and wide (maybe 30 or 40 feet wide), white sand beach. There is a huge (free) parking lot, and also some picnic pavilions that you can use, with BBQ grills, but no tables or chairs. There are no other facilities.

It was a very "natural beach" — meaning it had seaweed and sea grass in places. I hear it can have a lot of seaweed at certain times of year, due to weather and seasonal conditions.

It was a beautiful, large, cove-shape that looked wonderfully inviting … but be careful! There are no life guards and it has been noted that there can be hazardous water conditions at Playa Los Machos, so swimming there is not recommended.

We walked to the far south end of the beach, where the mangroves start, where we found another little cove. But, unfortunately, there was a lot of trash there that had either washed up, or was left behind by other people using the area.

Playa Medio Mundo

Los Machos Medio Mundo Beaches

At the south end of the parking lot, we noticed a path that leads into the mangrove forest — of course we had to check it out.

It was not long trail, but would not be fun to try carrying all your beach gear. Mosquito repellent would have been a good idea, but we were not prepared.

After a while, we came to a sign indicating that we had entered Playa Medio Mundo, which is one of the properties managed by El Fideicomiso de Conservación de Puerto Rico (the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico).

Playa Medio Mundo means "Half World Beach" in English, most likely named for the shape of the cove. It’s another very long, though narrow (maybe 10 feet wide), white sand beach.

We took a long walk on this beautiful, deserted beach, just admiring the sand and blue water. There are no facilities of any kind at this beach.

Los Machos Medio Mundo Beaches

I walked about 40 feet out into the water, and it was still less than mid-thigh deep! Both of these are really just lovely beaches to sit at the shore and admire the beauty.

These beaches are located close to the José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba. While we were at the beach, a few little puddle-jumper planes flew directly overhead — taking off and landing. It was neat to see them fly so close and low — just above the treetops!

Occasionally, there are kayak tours sponsored by the Sierra Club or operated by kayak companies (like Island Kayaking Adventures) that explore these beaches, the surrounding areas, and go out near Piñeiro Island for snorkel trips.

There are no lifeguards at either of these beaches. Surf conditions can be rough and unpredictable in this area. Swimming at these beaches is not recommended (though people do it all the time).

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