Masks Required (updated 13 Jan 2022)
😷 Indoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces 😷 Outdoors - Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status, in public outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance, or where there are 50 or more people
Busness Closure & Dry Law (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 All businesses that serve the public must remain closed from midnight until 5am. Exceptions to closure include supermarkets, gas stations, pharmacies, health facilities, hospitals, among others. Restaurants, clubs, bars, etc ARE closed midnight to 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
🍺 Dry Law (no sale nor public consumption of alcohol) is in effect from midnight until 5am. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per executive order EO-2021-086, and extended by EO-2022-002.
Restaurants, Bars & other Food Establishments (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🍔 ALL CUSTOMERS (2 years old and older) must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results - In order to be admitted to food establishments you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival at the restaurant, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per executive order EO-2021-081.
👪 The capacity of "any place that serves (and people consume) drinks or prepared food" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to restaurants, bars, theaters, food courts, etc. Effective through at least 02 February 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Stores, Offices & similar places that serve the public indoors (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🛒 The capacity in all facilities that "serve the public indoors" will be limited to 75%. This applies to stores, malls, offices, etc. Effective 17 Jan 2022 through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2022-002.
Hotels, Resorts & other Lodging (updated 13 Jan 2022)
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party (5 years old and older) are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 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. Per executive order EO-2021-062 and EO-2021-075.
Tours & Excursions (updated 13 Jan 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 13 Jan 2022)
🏟️ All attendees at group activities of less than 250 people at facilities that encourage crowding, indoor or outdoor, must show proof of vaccination OR negative test (molecular or antigen) results of test administered by an authorized health provider no more than 48 prior to arrival at the event. Facilities include theaters, amphitheaters, stadiums, conference and activity centers, and any other place where events are held. This applies to everyone 5 years old and older. Kids under the age of 5 are not permitted to attend these events at all. Effective 22 December 2021, per EO-2021-080, and modified by EO-2022-002
👪 The capacity of "event or activity venues" will be limited to 50% if indoors, or 75% if outdoors/open-air. This applies to stadiums, coliseums, convention centers, theaters, etc. Effective through at least 02 Feb 2022, per EO-2021-085 and extended by EO-2022-002.
Cruise Ship Passengers (updated 30 Dec 2021)
🚢 All cruise ship passengers and crew who wish to disembark in Puerto Rico must be fully vaccinated, and 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 20 Dec 2021)
✈️ DOMESTIC TRAVELERS (effective 27 Dec 2021, per EO-2021-081)
All DOMESTIC travelers (2 years old and older) arriving in Puerto Rico are are required to show BOTH
  1. negative COVID test results from test administerd by an authorized health provider no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in PR AND
  2. 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.
  • If you do not have your test results upon arrival, you have 48 hours to produce those results, or you will be fined $300 per person.
  • If you are un-vaccinated, you are required to quarantine for 7 days, even if you have negative test results.
✈️ 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.
📄 ALL TRAVELERS arriving in Puerto Rico are required to submit a travel declaration upon arrival via the PR Government Travel Safe website. This is where you will upload your COVID vaccination card and/or negative COVID test results.

Puerto Rico is for Lovers

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

Tropcial breezes, warm nights, swimming in secluded waterfalls, private beaches, beautiful views, hot & sexy salsa dancing — forget Virginia, Puerto Rico is for lovers! There are so many ways to romance your sweetheart here that you need only to decide which one suits your style.

Now, Ray and I may not be the most romantic couple, but we aren’t oblivious to the beauty all around us. And enough of our guests tell us tell us tales of the secret spots that they’ve found (sometimes too much information!) … so that’s given us a few more ideas.

What follows is a list of some of our favorite mood setters. But remember, almost anything you can want is probably available.

Pack your Bags & Leave the Kids at Home

The idea is to take a few days/evenings to spend as a couple — so lose the kids. Then find a place to stay that has the view you want or the privacy you desire. Some people want ocean-front, some like the sounds of the forest, or while others prefer historical settings. Choose a resort to be pampered or party, or a private get-away all to yourselves.

Puerto Rico is loaded with options to fit everyone’s idea of romance. Some of the resorts even offer romance or honeymoon packages, just ask. Once you’ve decided on lodging, it’s time to look at the options.

On the Beach

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

A great get-away is day trip to Icacos with a private boat captain who will drop you off and pick you up later in the day at a pre-determined time. As long as it is mid-week, non-holiday, and after the snorkel boats have left for the day, you will have lots of privacy.

Or how about boating to a secluded island around sunset or after dark. Total privacy. We had one couple who stayed with us and did just that … that is where he popped the question! Though it took some planning, it sounds lovely.

One time, we took a trip to a tiny islet to the east to watch the full moon rise. That was quite beautiful and romantic.

We need to point out that, for this type of adventure, you need to supply everything (cooler, beach umbrella, blanket, food, champagne … everything) yourself. That would be easy if you were to stay somewhere that had all that gear available for you to use, versus a resort.

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

Even if you don’t have to budget to splurge on a super private evening on the beach, you can always take a long walk, or sit together, on a beach to watch a sunrise (in the east) or a sunset (in the west). Or even a full moon rise on an east-facing beach. Bring your blanket and picnic and spend some quality time together.

Just make sure to check with someone local (at your hotel or rental) to make sure your private spot on the beach is safe after dark.

On The Water

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

A couple different companies offer sunset sails out of Fajardo, Rincon, and the San Juan Bay. These trips usually include drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and are suitable for a quiet happy hour, a small wedding, or an engagement party. Some of the operators offer regularly-schedule sunset trips open to the public, while others can be chartered for private events.

In Fajardo, contact East Island Excursions, Spread Eagle or Traveler. In Rincon, contact Katarina Sail Charters. In San Juan, contact Sailing Dreams.

History Buffs

History lovers will find Old San Juan fascinating and romantic. It has loads of old-world charm, and wonderfully restored buildings. There are works of art and fountains all around town.

Take a romantic waterfront stroll down Paseo la Princesa, wander through the streets hand in hand along cobblestone streets.

I know El Morro, San Cristobal Forts and the Paseo la Princesa have been the backdrop for many beautiful proposals, weddings, and romantic pictures (you need to get permits for weddings and professional photography). Or, for a quick private kiss, duck into an out-of-the-way sentry tower.

In Nature

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

If a secluded waterfall is your setting for romance, then you have to visit Juan Diego Falls in El Yunque National Forest. It was way more unknown and secluded pre-Maria! Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, fewer people are around.

We have heard more than a few upper-falls skinny-dipping reports from our guests, but not lately! We even assisted a guest of ours by setting up a "picnic" at Juan Diego Falls — complete with candles, roses, and champagne — where he popped the question. It was beautiful. But now that more people visit this waterfall, you will need to find a more quiet place!

At a Resort

If you want to be pampered, many resorts can arrange just about any type of romantic setting you can imagine. How about a private massage on a beach, in your room, or on your balcony? Maybe a romantic dinner with candles and violins on the beach. Just ask your concierge.

Or maybe the mood you want to set might start with music and dancing at one of the many resort clubs or lobby bars. Dress to impress!

Dinner & Dancing

While I usually don’t mention restaurants, I really enjoyed romantic dining at Pamela’s in Ocean Park. I love feet-in-sand dining on the beach (you have to reserve a table).

If sandy feet isn’t your idea of a good evening, you can try any number of other award-winning restaurants around the island. Dishes from around the world are available, including French, Italian, Mediterranean, or Asian, as well as local and all sorts of fusions.

Or for privacy, ask your concierge to set up a private table on your balcony, in your room, or other private area at your resort. Some can even do dinner on the beach … but this does not come cheap!

Looking for some dancing? check out Club Brava in El San Juan Hotel, or learn some salsa moves with dance lessons.

For the more Active

Puerto Rico Is For Lovers

I have read that a good workout and something a little outside your comfort zone can really get the blood pumping and excitement levels up. Who knows where it may lead?

Try one of the many adventure tours … from zip lines or surfing lessons or even canyoning … whatever will challenge you (just make sure that you don’t scare your partner to death!)

What did we miss?

Anyone else have other romantic suggestions? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!

PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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Coqui's Hideaway Rainforest Villa in Rio Grande Located in the Foothills of El Yunque