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)
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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.

Kayak and Snorkel Among the Mangroves at La Parguera

All is well in Parguera- kayak/SUP/boat trips are running as usual.Kayaking in La Parguera

If you are a water enthusiast, a trip to La Parguera area might be just what you are looking for during your visit to Puerto Rico. Located on the southwest coast of the island, La Parguera boasts about 30 tiny mangrove "islands, islets, keys, cays, cayos, or islotes" just 1 to 5 miles off the shore.

Once you get to those mangrove cays, you can swim, snorkel, and ride the currents in the crystal-clear, warm water. Getting there via kayak was a great experience, we went with a guide and it was both fun and educational.

My mother loves to kayak, so we decided to check this out.

Our Trip

Kayaking in La Parguera

Note- the company we went out with is longer doing it, but there are other companies available. But exact tours, prices, routes etc may be different. We met our guide Jose at 8am at the small boat ramp on Camino Puerto Viejo, just west of La Parguera. After paperwork, safety gear, and instructions, we set off. We started early as the winds and waves pick up throughout the day.

Our morning paddle out was on almost flat seas. We passed through the marina area, where there are some houses along the waterway, and on some of the mangroves islands. Jose explained the problems and some conservation efforts underway for the area. We stopped (to rest and talk about the area and wildlife habitats) along the way in the shade of some of the mangrove islands. Then, we did the "open water" part of the trip — maybe about 30 minutes of open-ocean paddling.

Kayaking in La Parguera

Our first swim/snorkel spot was at Caracoles, and we had a great time seeing all the baby fish in the mangrove roots in the channels (sometimes called canals or los canales).

We then headed over to Mata la Gata, where we went ashore and checked out the island, swam in the ocean "pool", and used the restrooms. Next, we set off for Cayo Enrique. We spent time snorkeling among the mangroves, and did some body-rafting on the currents in the mangrove channels.

We then paddled back to where we started in La Parguera. Luckily our return trip was with the current, as the waves and winds had picked up a bit while we were out.

Kayaking in La Parguera

Throughout this whole trip we had encounters with lots of sea birds and sea creatures — large starfish, sea cucumbers, lots of fish, a lobster, and we even watched a local fisherman pull up an octopus. Keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees and turtles — we were hopeful, but didn’t see any on our trip.

We learned how these islands are formed, the benefits of the mangrove islands, and a plethora of other nature-related topics. Jose is really nice and personable, and we all had a great time. On average, this trip typically has about 2 hours of paddling, though we got in a little more paddle time.

Thoughts on our Tour

We are all experienced kayakers, so we set right out onto the water — but beginners get a quick kayaking lesson. The tour may change depending on weather, paddling skills of the participants, etc. So, beginners and youngsters will not go to as many islands as we went to, and they will spend more time swimming and snorkeling around the closer islands.

We were really amazed to see how clear the water was around these mangroves, and that the mangrove roots were teaming with baby tropical fish.

Kayaking in La Parguera

You should wear sun protection gear — sun glasses, hats, sun screen, etc. Bring plenty of drinking water and a snack. Wear hard-soled or water shoes since there is some (broken, dead) coral on the sea floor and some yucky-feeling turtle grass.

Most companies use sit-upon, ocean kayaks. They are lightweight and easy to paddle. He has a couple single kayaks, and lots of doubles. Make sure there is snorkel gear that you can use, or you may have to bring your own gear.

We decided to do a tour with someone who knows the area — though you could just rent kayaks and paddle around the islands on your own. But a 4-hour tour is priced similarly to the price of renting, so why not have a guide? Of course you can also go out to these islands in a motorboat, but kayaking is a great workout, and a wonderful, peaceful outdoor experience.

Details

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Kayaking Parguera offer this type of tour now, or just rents kayaks by the hour too. Rates for a 3-hour kayaking tour is about $50-person. Also offers Kayak rental is about $20/hr, usually discount for longer times. Parguera-Water-Sports-Adventures has a 4 hour island hopper tour about $62 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.

Allow about 3.5 hours for this tour.

These kayak companies also offer a night tour to one of the bio bay lagoons in La Parguera Nature reserve. We didn’t do this, but I bet the trip would be amazing — kayaking at night under a star-filled sky.

Some operators that offer kayaking and SUP in La Parguera include

  • Kayaking Parguera — offers kayak tours and/or hourly kayak rentals
    phone (787) 320-4941. They also offer a sunset tour to the cays. Check their Facebook page
  • Parguera Water Sports Adventures or their webpage — offering day time island hopper kayak tours, night time, bio bay kayak tours, kite boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, water ski, wake boarding.
    phone 787-646-6777

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