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 Santa – A Great Place for Beach and Sunset

The beach is open!

Playa Santa

When you hear about the Guánica area, you probably hear all about how hot and dry it is. But, actually, Guánica also boasts some great swimming beaches — like Playa Santa.

This lovely beach is a free, public beach, so it is open all the time, and it is a great place to cool down and relax.

Some Geography

Guánica is a small town, located on the southern part of the island. It is most "famous" for the Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica, in Spanish). But Guánica is a coastal town, and part of it juts out into the Caribbean Sea. Playa Santa is situated on the western side of this peninsula, so not only does it have beautiful blue water, it’s also a great spot to watch the sunset.

The Beach

This beach at Playa Santa is thin, but long. As you approach it from the dead end street (where you park), you first come to the watersports area. Then you turn to your right and walk on the beach as far as you want until you find your favorite spot.

Playa Santa

The sand was light-colored, and fine. The day we went, there were just small waves, but enough to take the sand particles into the water, making it cloudy.

There is a roped off swimming area, but I don’t recall if were lifeguards. The Water quality is tested every 2 weeks by the Junta de Calidad Ambiental (JCA) to ensure it is clean and safe for swimming.

All across the back of this sandy beach is a row of trees, so you can set up your stuff next to the trees and be out of the sun if you want. There are no facilities — so for restrooms, you need to buy something at the nearby restaurant to use theirs.

Watersports & Restaurants

Playa Santa

There is a watersports concession at the beach operated by Pino’s Boat & Water Fun. They offer banana boat rides, jet ski rentals, pedal boats, kayak rentals, beach chairs, and other fun things. Across the street there is a restauarnt/bar, El Ancla Flotate, for food and beverages. In front of the restaurant is a nice malecon, where you can sit and enjoy the sunset and see the tarpon in the water.

Popular Local Beach

This beach is very popular with locals. This means that on weekends, holidays and summer months, you can expect LOADS of people and LOTS of boat and watercraft in the area. It can get to be quite a party scene. There are Public Ordinances of the rules posted, but I don’t think they are really enforced. We only saw spaces for about 20 cars on this dead end street.

Details

There is no charge to use this beach.

Driving directions from Guánica — Take Road 116 west to Road 3116. Turn left (south) onto Road 325. Follow Road 325 until it comes to a tee, and then turn left at the tee. Then make your first right and look for a parking spot. There were some signs along the way, but your best bet is to have a GPS (or a really good map).

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