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.

Playa Colora – A Secret Beach in Fajardo

This beach is subject to rough surf and rip-currents. The DRNA does not permit swimming at this beach. You can get seriously hurt doing so. We do not recommend swimming/snorkeling in this area.

Playa Colora in Fajardo

We found a cute secluded beach, just a short 25-minute walk from Seven Seas Balneario in Fajardo. Because it is a bit of a hike, most people don’t bother going, which makes it a great "get-away".

Called Playa Colora, it is a little known beach at the far left of the Seven Seas cove. The sand is orangey tan. There are large black rocks at either side of the beach, protecting it from people’s sight. The water is clear and blue. You can look across and see the lighthouse. All in all it is a beautiful, picture perfect sight. This beach is for enjoyment of the scenery and privacy.

 

Playa Colora in Fajardo

The DRNA has posted this as a no-swimming beach. It is subject to rough surf and rip tides. If you choose to disregard the warning signs and go into the water you do so at your own risk and need to be careful as there are no life guards, and help is a long-way away. Sometimes you can see the large waves. But even when you don’t see waves, there may be a strong current. Please use common sense and stay out of the water. Just because it "looks" safe doesn’t mean it is.

How do I get there?

Trail to Playa Colora in Fajardo

Like I said, it is a bit of a walk to get there. As you walk into Seven Seas beach, facing the water, go to the left. At the rocks, there is a path. Here you have two choices – if it is low tide, you can continue to walk along the shore line, scrambling over some rocks or you can take the path to your left through the mangroves. Either way, it ends up on a small sandy area where the beach ends. Here there are some trails, with the DRNA trail signs (or there used to be signs!). Take the trail on the right. Walk about 10 minutes through the mangrove "forest". This is where we saw a lot of birds, lizards and a mongoose. We also met a million hungry mosquitoes. Here is an important tip – bring bug spray and use it liberally before starting on this path! Eventually there will be a path and a sign for Playa Colora. Take this right path to the beach.Once we got onto Playa Colora, we realized we were the only people there! We looked around a bit – the sand is pretty, a heavy type, mostly clean and free of seaweed.

Secluded Beaches

Playa Colora in FajardoRealize, you need to bring everything – there are no facilities there. Bring a beach umbrella, since there is no shade at all. Also bring plenty of fluids. And please be prepared to "pack-out" your trash.

There are other beaches (Playa Escondida, Finca el Convento, Governor’s Beach) just a little further up the mangrove path (go straight instead of turning right to Playa Colora). They also are not recommended for swimming.

I have heard both of these beaches are sometimes used by "clothing optional" people. While nude sunbathing is not allowed anywhere in Puerto Rico, this area is pretty secluded … so just be careful that you don’t see something that you don’t want to see!

We were glad to see the beach was clean – there was no trash around. So remember to pack-out all of your trash, so the next people can also enjoy the unspoiled beauty.

The Seven Seas balneario is open Wed-Sun 8:30am – 5:00pm October through April, and Y days a week 8:30am – 6:00pm May through September. If the balneario is closed, you can park on the street and walk through the fence.

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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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