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.
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
👪 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
📄 These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 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 18 Apr 2022)
👪 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
📄 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)
📄 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)
• 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)
• 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.

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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