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 Escondida – A Hidden 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 in this area.

Playa Escondida in FajardoAre you searching for a nice, private beach during your visit to Puerto Rico? Then Playa Escondida is the beach that you’re looking for.

The beach’s name means "hidden" in Spanish. In order for it to be hidden, and virtually unused, it is in an out-of-the way place — you have to walk about 25 minues through a mangrove forest to get there. But the prize at the end is worth it — finding a pretty, secluded strip of beach like this one is always a pleasure.

This beach is located on the western side of the Seven Seas Beach cove. The DNRA (Department of Natural Resources) controls the area, and their signs say no swimming and warn of rough surf breaks.

Playa Escondida in FajardoOn many occasions, I found the water along this strip of beach to appear more calm than Playa Colora since Escondida has a large reef that breaks the waves further out. But looks can be deceiving, there are serious currents flowing, even when there aren’t large waves. This beach is only for enjoyment the scenery, but not go swimming. It is said this is one of the most dangerous beach in Puerto Rico, more people drown here than most other beaches on the island. Don’t become a statistic.

Getting to the Beach

Like I said, it is a bit of a walk to get there. From Seven Seas Beach, facing the water, Walk to the left. At the rocks, there is a path. There are lots of mosquitoes — bring bug spray and use it liberally before starting on this path!

Playa Escondida in Fajardo

Here there are 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 the left through the mangroves. I found the path to be much faster and easier. We took the path, until it comes to a T, then turn right (if you turn left you’ll end up at the Seven Seas campground). It eventually ends up on a small sandy area where the beach ends. Here there are some trails. The trail to the beaches is the one on the right; the other one goes about 20 feet then dead-ends at the mangrove swamp! Walk on this path for about 10 minutes through the mangrove "forest". Eventually there is a sign for Playa Colora. Don’t turn here (unless you want to go there too). Straight ahead on the path for about another 5 minutes is Playa Escondida.

On the Beach

Playa Escondida in Fajardo

This beach area is a LONG strip of sand. It is golden in color and heavy. The water is clear. You can walk either to the left or to the right to find just the right spot for yourself. To the right, there is a the large “hill” of rock. Ray said there were trails that you could take that got you up the rock hill and he got some great pictures from there. You can see Luquillo and El Yunque very well. To the left, there are the other named beaches — Finca el Convento and then Govenor’s beach (no swimming allowed there either), where you will see the vacation house of the Puerto Rican politicians. You can use the beach there, just don’t go up near the house.

I have heard that this beach area (due to its remote location) has been used as a clothing optional beach. So be aware of that. You should note that nude sunbathing is not allowed on public beaches in Puerto Rico. We were there for about 4 hours and we saw only 2 other (completely clothed) families.

We did snorkel here, along the edges and it was decent. But we knew the currents and had flotation devices etc. We do not recommend anyone snorkel here.

Realize, you need to bring everything — there are no facilities there. Bring a beach umbrella, since there is not much shade. Also, bring plenty of fluids. And please be prepared to "pack-out" your trash so the next people can also enjoy the unspoiled beauty. Obey all posted warning signs.

The Seven Seas balneario is open Wed-Sun, 8:30am – 5:00pm October through April, and Tues- Sun, 8:30am – 6:00pm May through September. Even if Seven Seas beach is “officially” closed, you can still enter and use the beach, just not through the main entrance.

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