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 Grande Beach on Vieques

12/18- This beach area and wildlife refuge has reopened.

Vieques is known for it’s beautiful, white-sand beaches with calm, sparkling blue water that are perfect for sunbathing and swimming. There are other beaches on the island that have rugged beauty and seem to go on for miles. Playa Grande is that kind of beach.

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

Playa Grande is too rough for swimming, but it is great for soaking up the sun, taking long walks, and for filling up the memory card in your camera. It also is a nice spot for enjoying the sunset and star-gazing. We have spent hours on this beach, enjoying every minute of it!

Vieques is a small island municipality of Puerto Rico that is located just about 8 miles off east coast of the big island. It is truly an unspoiled island, with only about 9000 inhabitants.

It is known for its miles of beaches, which are mostly in their natural state — no resorts and little beach-front development. It has a few beaches that are more popular than others, because they are in protected bays and are great for swimming.

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

Playa Grande is not one of those. Playa Grande is an exposed beach, running along the south west corner of the island. It has rough surf and rip currents, so swimming there is not advised. Due to this fact, the beach is not often visited, which makes it a great place to get away for it all!

Playa Grande translates to Long Beach, and that is what it is. It is the longest stretch of beach on Vieques. It has slightly coarse beige sand. But my favorite part is that, as you go west, it has the most beautiful rocks/boulders that flow every so often into the ocean.

Located in a US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) area, it is nicely maintained and has a decent road going in. There is plenty of parking available (probably more than is ever needed!).

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

There is a marsh on the north side of the road where we did a little bird-watching. The beach that runs from the entrance to the last parking area before the gate is just sand, no trees. I did a little sea glass hunting here. But we spent most of our time walking westward. We parked at the last spot, went to the beach and just walked until we couldn’t go any more! You need shoes with hard soles to scramble over the boulders, but we thought it was so nice. Bring plenty of drinking water!

There is a sign on the gate at the entrance that had opening/closing times on it, and people enjoy watching the sunset

The F&W National Wildlife Refuge is open 7 days/week, from 7am – dark ( 6:30pm Sept – Feb, 7:30p rest of year

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

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