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
😷 Masks are required inside airports, per Federal/CDC mandates
😷 Masks are required at events/activities where 1000 or more people are gathered, effective 18 Apr 2022
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😷 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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

La Parguera at Sunset – Magical Snorkel and BioBay

La Parguera at Sunset

La Parguera offers natural beauty above and below the water. Going out in the afternoon and into the evening gives you some of the best of both worlds — clear blue water, green mangrove islands, colorful sunsets, and later, after dark, the sparkling Parguera Biobay lagoon water and thousands of stars above.

We recently did a sunset snorkel and biobay tour with Paradise Scuba & Snorkeling and it was an enjoyable end to a great day.

La Parguera is located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico, in the town of Lajas. It is a nature and ocean lover’s paradise, and offers opportunities for almost every water sport. It also is home on a number of mangrove keys, coral reefs and some bioluminescent bays — which is the primary nightlife in the area!

Snorkeling

Before going, I spoke with Luis (the owner) was great — he is very friendly, and wants you to know what to expect on his trip.

La Parguera at Sunset

Everyone for our trip met at the dive shop, where they handed out the snorkel gear. From there, we took a short, 5-minute walk to the boat.

It was a quick ride out to the snorkel site, which is on a reef in "deepish" water — maybe 10 to 15 feet deep. The reef was close to some of the mangrove islands, so it was very pretty view. The wind was kicking up some waves, so it was a bit rough, and the water was not too clear.

I think the guides (there were 3 with our group of 17 people) were great. Besides keeping an eye on everyone, they would dive down and bring up all sorts of sea life for us to observe, hold and photograph.

La Parguera at Sunset

It turns out we spent about 1½ hours in the water snorkeling! It was a different experience seeing the sun setting as we were in the water.

With the wind, it was a bit cool, but the boat was large, and it had areas with windows to reduce the wind, and even an inside cabin that was warm. We dried off quickly as we came back to the dock as the sun set on the horizon … it was really beautiful.

Dinner & the Biobay

During the snorkeling part of the trip, they offered soda and water to drink. Once we came back to the dock to pick up dinner, they offered us beer and hot, homemade empanadillas, which we enjoyed while watching the colors change in the sky.

La Parguera at Sunset

After dinner, it was about a 20-minute boat ride out to the biobay. By the time we got to the bay, it was getting dark and our guides explained about the biobay and the dynoflagellates.

Once it was dark, we were allowed to get into the water and swim around, which most of the people did, and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. (Swimming in the bay is technically not allowed for tour guests by DRNA (to help protect the bay), but no one seems to enforce the rule). It was much brighter than my last experience in this bay. It is amusing to see how everyone turns into little kids at the sight of the the magical "pixie dust" in the biobay — the way it sparkles and glows with every little movement.

And then, you look upward and there are a million stars — I even saw a shooting star go over. It is really an amazing place. We got to enjoy the biobay for about 40 minutes before we headed back to the dock.

Thoughts

La Parguera at Sunset

The owner and his family (our guides) are all really enthusiastic and friendly.

There are restrooms and showers at the dive shop, a marine head (restroom) on the boat, and a hose with fresh water on the boat.

The inflatable life vest they give you (not required if you don’t want to use it), was more troublesome for me than it was worth. But, I suppose, if you are not comfortable in the water, that the life vest would be a welcome piece of gear.

Details

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Check their webpage for current pricing. There is a minimum # of people required to do this trip.

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.

The Sunset/Snorkel trip is about 4-5 hrs long.

You can call Paradise SCUBA at (787)899-7611 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the Paradise SCUBA web site for more information.

If you don’t want to snorkel, but only want to go to the biobay, Paradise SCUBA offers this at a reduced cost.

It is a little tricky to find — Once you’re in La Parguera, as you turn right at the end of Road 304 in town, go slowly and watch for a wall on the right side of the road, just across from Villa Parguera. The driveway for Paradise SCUBA is a sharp right turn up a steep hill. They have some parking right in front of the dive shop.

See our other nighttime Parguera articles for other companies that offer tours at sunset, snorkel, and/or biobay tours

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