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.

Ocean Lab Brewing – Great Beer, Great Location

If you are a craft beer fanatic, you will be happy to know that Puerto Rico’s craft beer selections are growing all the time. I don’t just mean the availability of craft beers from all over the world, but also a number of beers made right here in Puerto Rico. Beer lovers will enjoy a visit to a local brewery to try their hand-crafted beers. Ocean Lab Brewing Company is a brewery located close to the Isla Verde tourist area and SJU airport, right on the beautiful beach in Carolina. And the beer is really good! You can’t go wrong with a visit, even if you aren’t a beer lover (they have food and a full bar).

Ocean Lab Brewing

There are now a few handfuls of local craft beers (occasionally call artisanal beers), but most are only distributed through local bars/restaurants, or for purchase in stores. I know the fun for many “beer people” is a visit to the actual brewery, where they can enjoy the smell of hops while sitting at the bar, and selecting from the beers on tap that day. Perhaps being able to talk with the brew-master directly as they clean the tanks. That experience is only available at a few breweries in Puerto Rico.

If you are going to brew beer on an island, why not make it ocean-side? Ocean Lab Brewing Company’s slogan is “Born on the Beach”. They are located in the Vivo Beach Club complex at Balenario Carolina, just east of Isla Verde. The beautiful location just adds to the great beer – it makes it a great location to meet friends, and enjoy the day or night in style.

Ocean Lab Brewing

The Vivo Beach Club is a “mini resort”. You need to be a member to have access to the pool, beach, lockers, special bathrooms, and showers. But everyone can use the restaurants and stores in the complex. Just tell the person at the front desk that you are going to the brewery. When the Vivo Beach club is having a special music event, I don’t think the brewery is open to the public, so check out the Ocean Lab Brewing Company Facebook page to see if anything is going on before you head over there.

Ocean Lab Brewing

Our Visit

So, we don’t drink beer, but my family does. When they come to visit, we put them to work! My brother has traveled the world, and has done a lot of brewery beer tastings. He loved this place. He had 2 flights. The day we went, there were 8 different beers available on tap, so we had 2 repeats. Of course he liked some beers more than others, but he didn’t think any were sub-par. He said that is really unusual, since most places make a few types really well, and others not so much. He really enjoyed the IPAs, and the fruit-infused beers (they offered a passion fruit beer, and a blood orange beer). They also had lagers, blondes and ambers.

We have had lunch there a couple of times, and some appetizers. Everything was good, fun, bar food. Enjoyable all around. You have the option of sitting inside in the AC, or outside overlooking the pool.

When we went in early 2018, the brewpub was at pool level, but now they have moved upstairs. The view is even better now! They also bottle their products, and have a store where you can pick some up to go, or purchase some “Born on the Beach” merchandise. If you can’t get to the brewery, their beer is available in many supermarkets, bars and stores arund the island.

Ocean Lab Brewing

Details

There is a $5 parking fee for the lot at the Vivo Beach Club.

Ocean Lab Brewing is open 7 days/week, from 11am to 10pm (and until 11 Pm on Friday & Saturday).

You can give Ocean Lab Brewing a call at 787.648.5655 for more information.

You can visit the Ocean Lab Brewing Facebook page for more information.

Ocean Lab Brewing is located at Balneario de Carolina on Road 187 KM 2.6 in Carolina. It’s adjacent to the Vivo Beach Club. If you are coming from Old San Juan, Condado, or Isla Verde, you can take a taxi or Uber there, or perhaps a bus (watch the time and day of week as the bus schedule is limited).

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