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.
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 08 Mar 2022)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ These changes go into effect 10 Mar 2022, per Executive Order EO-2022-019
Tours & Excursions (updated 08 Mar 2022)
β›΅ 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)
πŸ‘ͺ 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
πŸ“„ 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)
πŸ“„ 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)
β€’ 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)
β€’ 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.

Chill Out on Secluded Playa Larga

Culebra, one of the little islands to the east of PR, is loaded with amazingly pretty seaside spots. Some are very popular and crowded, while some are little, hidden gems. For us, one gem is Playa Larga on the north-east tip of the island. Playa Larga is not easy to get to, and it is not a good, sandy, swimming beach, but it is our favorite quiet spot to just sit and enjoy the view.

Playa Larga

Playa Larga is located down a dirt off of Road 250 (that’s the road that you take toward Playa Zoni). If you are heading from town, it is the first dirt road on the right after the bougainvillea hedge (you can’t miss the hedge of bright magenta flowers). The road starts out flat, but it quickly deteriorates into a heavily rutted, single lane “road”. You follow this road it all the way to the end, where you will find a small area for parking.

The times that we have been there, we have been either alone or with maybe one other car. It is busier with locals on weekends, but never packed with people (well maybe summer weekends). But you may find some people camping or just hanging out.

Playa Larga

There is a little dock there, and a sand flat with sea grass where it seems like conch must live (you will find many empty conch shells on the beach, discarded by fishermen cleaning their catch).

The scenery is lovely, the sand is white, the water is bright blue, and there are excellent views of Cayo Norte and Culebrita. On a clear day, you can see St. Thomas about 12 miles away in the distance.

Playa Larga

The beach is long (larga means long) but very thin, with lots of sea grass washed up at the water line. The beach is good for walking, but it is not so good for spreading out a beach blanket.

The sea grass beds are shallow, so it’s not a good place to swim. Beyond the sea grass there is a reef where sea conditions can be treacherous.

Due to the remoteness of this beach, the shallow sea grass beds in some areas and the generally un-safe sea conditions, we’re going to call this a non-swimming beach.

Playa Larga

Luckily there is a nice bench under some shade trees right at the water’s edge, and the dock where you can relax while enjoying the sun and breeze.

We usually spend our last hour or two on Culebra relaxing here, reading a book, or just chilling with a drink and sandwich. It’s a great photo spot, too!

Details

The dirt road is very rough, and steep in places. We noticed in February 2014 that the road had been regraded recently. You need a Jeep with high clearance to access this beach, preferably 4-wheel drive. You cannot reach this beach with a golf cart, so don’t even try.

There are no amenities at this beach, so pack in / pack out. There are no lifeguards.

The access this beach, take Road 250 from town and turn right on the unmarked dirt road after the bougainvillea hedge. There is a fire hydrant near the turn-off.

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