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.

Check Out Tiny Peña Blanca Beach

Aguadilla, on the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, has a number of great beaches — some big, and some small. Peña Blanca Beach (Playa Peña Blanca) is one of the very small ones. This tiny beach is located at the end of a small road, in a community. It is a beautiful spot, but it is no longer a secret. To me, it is WAY more popular than the beach can accommodate. Don’t get me wrong, I really like this beach, but you need to know what to expect!

Playa Peña Blanca

Before Hurricane Maria in 2012, there was more sand on the beach to the south (left as you stand on the cliff at the end of the trail). The concrete steps used to lead down to the sand. Now, they don’t reach the sand — you need to climb down some rocks to get to the beach. In the winter, at high-tide, or when the sea is rough, there is no sand at all … just rocks! In summer or at low-tide, there is a long, thin strip of sand. As you walk the beach, you can find some small cave-like rock formations to sit in.

There is a small area of sand to the north side, and there are some steps that lead down to that area. I think you will have better luck on the north side if you want to sit in the sand or lay down a blanket. But it is really not a good (safe) beach for swimming. You must be careful of the currents and waves.

Playa Peña Blanca

To me, you don’t go to this beach for the sand. You go for the snorkeling and the view. Snorkeling here is very good, with lots of variety, and crystal clear water. But you must be careful — it has very sharp rocks, sea urchins, and there can be strong currents or rough seas. We would recommend only going into the water here in the summer, when seas are calm enough to allow. There are some sandy areas where you can wade in for snorkeling.

Getting to this beach is not too easy. From the road, you have to make it down some steps and a dirt/gravel slope, then down more steps to the actual beach. Parking is tough. It is a very narrow road, and people usually park along the road (though I hear they sometimes give tickets). If any of the neighbors have their lots open, I suggest you park there (usually a $5 fee). It will keep your car safe, and less for you to worry about (since you cant see your car from the beach).

The last time we went (mid-week, June 2021) there was a food truck right there, so that was convenient. But I don’t know if they will always be there. Even if you don’t go down the the water’s edge, the views from the top of the steps is lovely. But weekends in summer are just too crowded to even enjoy (IMO). I hear surfers use this area in winter when waves are up.

Playa Peña Blanca

Details

The beach itself is free. You might end up paying a couple bucks to park in someone’s yard.

We definitely recommend water shoes if you plan to go onto the beach or into the water.

There are no lifeguards at this beach, so stay out of the water if the sea is rough, or the currents are strong.

Though there may be the occasional food truck, there are no facilities at this beach — so plan accordingly.

From Road 107 in Aguadilla — Take Calle Masetaso westward. Turn left onto Calle Azores. Turn right onto Calle Mancora. Follow that to the end then turn left, toward Called Zanzibar. Then turn right onto Calle Zanzibar. The beach is accessed from the end of Calle Zanzibar.

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