Executive Order EO-2021-075 (updated 15 Nov 2021)
📄 EO-2021-075 was issued on 15 Nov 2021, and is effective immediately
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🆔 The requirement to show proof of vaccination, or negative test results for lodging, restaurants, etc (as detailed below) will apply to kids aged 5 to 11 years beginning 15 January 2022.
🏟️ All attendees at large events must show proof of vaccination. If the event venue chooses to admit people who are not fully vaccinated (but show a negative test result instead), then the capacity of the venue will be limited to 50%. Kids aged 5 to 11 must provide negative test results (until 01 Feb 2022, at which point they will need to be vaccinated).
Current COVID-19 Mandates, with no end date (updated 15 Nov 2021)
😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show 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. 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. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show 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. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
✈️ All domestic travelers arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) Vacu-ID issued by the Government of Puerto Rico in the CESCO app on your mobile device, (c) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (d) 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 un-vaccinated and do not have negative results when you arrive to PR, you have 48 hours to produce those results. Otherwise you will be fined $300 per person. See the PR Government Travel Safe site for details, and to submit your contact tracing information

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

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

Playa Grande Beach on Vieques

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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