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.

Get Close to Nature in Luquillo

The Northeast Ecological Corridor is a protected nature reserve located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. It is about 3000 acres of land that runs from Luquillo to Fajardo. There are many types of ecosystems/habitats in the area, from beach to forest, rivers, mangrove swamps, marshes, fields and more. Many types of animals and birds call this area home. Taking a tour, via kayak or stand-up paddleboard, on the rivers through this area is relaxing, beautiful, and interesting. We recently enjoyed a trip with with Sun Capital Paddlesports and had a nice time. Check it out!

NEC Kayaking

There are a few rivers that run through the Northeast Ecological Corridor (NEC). Sun Capital Paddlesports offers a tour (called “Interpretando La Vereda Acuática Río Sabana Luquillo” or “Interpreting the Río Sabana Water Trails of Luquillo”) on the rivers that form the estuaries in Luquillo, right at La Pared beach. We meet our guide, Ramón, and other tour member at the La Pared steps.

NEC Kayaking

From there, we took a short walk to the river where the kayaks — he also offers stand-up paddleboards (SUP), if you prefer — and equipment were waiting for us. Ramón explained how to correctly paddle and generally what we would see. And off we went.

NEC Kayaking

The river is calm, so it is easy paddling. We took our time, and Ramón explained things along the way. We made a stop at the beach, where he talked about the importance of conserving the area because it is a nesting site for the endangered sea turtles, including the leather back. If you are there in-season (April to June, or so), you will be able to see the nests, and maybe the tracks made by the females when they come ashore to lay their eggs. Or from June- Aug, maybe some hatchling tracks!

NEC Kayaking

We then continued up-river, and he told us about the history of the area, from the sugar era. Fields of sugar cane were grown there, there was a large sugar mill called “San Miguel”, and the “sugar train” train tracks went through. You can see the remains of the “sugar train” railway bridges. After sugar production stopped, the area was used for cattle, and along the way we saw some water troughs.

NEC Kayaking

But the most important info was what it is used for today … to provide nature habitats for wildlife, some of it endangered. He pointed out and talked about different things we saw along the way, like plants, iguanas, birds, river turtles, and more. He also told us some folk tales of the area. It was all very pretty and green. It is an eco-tour, so he emphasizes the respect that people should have for nature.

I really enjoyed this trip, it was relaxing, easy, and only lasted about 2½ hours, so you have time to enjoy the beach or have lunch while you’re in Luquillo. I think it is a nice trip for the family.

Ramón offers his tours in English, Spanish, or bilingual if needed. Just make sure to tell him your language preference when making your reservations. We did a kayak tour, but he also has stand-up paddle boards. He offers tours in other rivers if you would like. He offers paddle board lessons, and even sunset sessions, so you can watch the sunset and see the colors from out on the water. He will also rent his kayaks or SUPs, and deliver them to you. Contact him and discuss what you want to do!

NEC Kayaking

Details

The tour described here costs $30/person, including all equipment (kayak, paddles, & personal flotation device). Board rentals are $20 per hour, pp.

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.

Tours are available M-Sat at 9am. Reservations are required.

Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Required footware is something like water shoes, or Keens (no flip-flop or Crocs). Bring water, a snack, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and waterproof camera (or plan some way to keep your camera/phone dry).

There are no restrooms in the area, so plan ahead for that.

The tour described here lasts approximately 2-2½ hours.

You can call or text them at 787-403-6653 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can get more information about Sun Capital Paddlesports on their Facebook page. You can contact them through Facebook to arrange your tour.

They have 6 double kayaks, so the maximum tour size is 12 people. Minimum required for tour is 4 people.

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PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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