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
😷 Masks are required indoors in places like hospitals, emergency rooms, nursing homes, medical offices, health centers, clinics, labs, pharmacies, and on public transportation (including taxis and buses). The Department of Health may make masks mandetory in other situations where their use is deemed necessary.
😷 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.

Kayak in Pinones – Just Minutes from San Juan

Update 1/21- They are open and renting kayaks!

The Pinones area is just minutes away from the city of San Juan, yet it has a totally different atmosphere than the city. This laid back area is loaded with natural beauty, including a beach and mangrove forests, and delicious local food! I think a trip to this area is a must-do if you want to see a more traditional side of Puerto Rico.

If you enjoy kayaking, you can rent them from the COPI community center. This building is right at the edge of the Torrecilla Lagoon, so it’s an easy entry and exit for your kayaks.

The lagoon opens to the ocean, so there are a number of marinas in the lagoon. But we only saw one boat going out, and another one that was quietly fishing. We felt no safety concerns with boat wakes, etc. An airport runway ends at the lagoon- we didn’t see a plane take off from it while we were out there, but that might be cool to be right there when a plane takes off over your head! The kayaks they rent are the double sit-up ocean kayaks, so your butt does get a little wet. Their rental equipment includes back supports, paddle keepers and (mandatory) life jackets. All of the equipment was relatively new and in excellent condition.

It is a large lagoon, with many mangrove islands in it. We got very close to the islands, and this is were we saw lots of iguanas sunning themselves in the tree branches. We also saw lots of different birds, which we seemed to startle from their perches, so I was never able to get a picture of them!

It was a nice relaxing kayak trip. There is not a lot of shade on the open lagoon, so it can get hot out there, even though there was a breeze. You will want to apply lots of sunscreen. You may also want to bring a bottle of water with you.

When you are done kayaking, you can take some additional time to enjoy the rest of the Pinones area – the boardwalk, the beach, and the mangroves. In addition to the kayaks, COPI also has bikes that you can rent to ride on the boardwalk. Whether you end up walking or riding a bike, make a point to stop along the way for some of the yummy local food when you get hungry! In addition to the many "road-side" places to eat, there are some really excellent restaurants in Pinones.

The cost of the kayaks is $15/person/hour, which includes all the gear you’ll need.

Kayaks are available 7 days a week from 9am to 5:00pm.

Apply lots of sunscreen and bring water to drink!

Kayak rentals are by the hour. So allow as much time as you plan to kayak, then add on another hour or 2 to give yourself enough time to explore the rest of the Pinones area.

You can check their facebook page for more information.

You can call them at 787-253-9707 to reserve a kayak or for info. They have about 12 2-person kayaks. Reservations are not required unless you are a large group.

From the Isla Verde area, take Road 187 East past the Carolina Balneario. As soon as you cross over the little bridge, make a quick right into their parking lot.

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