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)
πŸ›’ 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)
πŸ” 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.
πŸ‘ͺ 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)
πŸ›’ 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)
β›΅ 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
πŸ‘ͺ 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.
πŸ“„ 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.

Discover White Sand Beaches in Ceiba

6/21- The beaches are open, but there is a lot of Sargassum seasweed . πŸ™ 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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