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.

Spend a Half-day of Beach and Snorkeling on Vieques

If you love beaches and snorkeling, and going some place a little different than the rest of the crowd, check out a snorkel boat trip to Vieques! Pure Adventure has a number of tours available, but this one in particular caught my eye. Their Vieques Island Beach and Snorkel Tour is an opportunity to see enjoy a little bit of Vieques both under and above the water. The Nature Reserve area on Vieques has crystal clear water that is teaming with wildlife. It was a great experience.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

Pure Adventure’s departure point is unique among the snorkel tour companies in that they are located in the Roosevelt Roads marina in Ceiba (on the east side of Puerto Rico). As a point of reference, that is right down the road from the ferry terminal. The marina is about 75 minutes from the San Juan area, but departing from there makes the boat trip to Vieques quick and painless.

Their fast boat whisks you from Ceiba to Vieques in about 30 minutes. They go to Punta Arenas area in Vieques, which is on the north-west end of the island, in the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a place where many people have never been, since it is less accessible by land, requiring a long, slow drive on a rough, muddy road. So the chance to go there by boat and snorkel was great!

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

Our Trip

We met at the Pure Adventure shop about 30 minutes prior to departure to do paperwork, change, and use the restroom. Once everyone was checked in, we drove across the street to the boat dock. Their boat “Fish Tank” is a large boat, easily accommodating 49 people. It is designed for divers and snorkelers, with room for your gear, and areas to sit on the main deck under a roof or out in the open, and upstairs.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

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The trip to Vieques is pretty and fast — in less than 30 minutes we were anchoring at the beach at Punta Arenas. They can’t go right up to the sand, so you have to wade to the beach in chest-deep water, or use the paddle board. This is not the most beautiful beach on Vieques, but it is a long stretch of clean, light colored sand, with small waves of clear water lapping the shore. It is usually mostly empty, so you can enjoy the area in peace.

We spent about an hour in this area. They supply fun things to use in the water, like noodles and other floats. They also have a couple SUP paddle boards you can use. They suggest that you practice snorkeling and making sure your mask fits here in the shallow water. We walked the beach, took a bunch of photos, then played in the water and floated around, just enjoying the day.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

While we were chilling on the beach and in the water, the crew was making snacks for us — a lunch meat wrap with a side of fresh fruit. For drinks, the offer water and sodas (beer is offered later, after snorkeling is finished). After lunch, they moved the boat to a reef, and it was time to go underwater!

The area is a nature reserve, so sea life is protected, and abundant. Our trip had 2 SCUBA divers on board, so we dropped them off, then we anchored at our snorkel spot. Here, they give you the basic “snorkeling 101” information. There is a guide in the water with you, leading the group around and pointing things out. He is a marine biologist and was excellent at spotting the wildlife.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

We saw about 3 or 4 turtles (both Green and Hawksbill turtles), some stingrays, schools of tangs, yellow jacks, and loads of other fish. Our guide dove down and brought a conch up for people to see it up close. He even took our underwater camera and got us some nice underwater photos! It is nature, so you never know what you might find — they have seen manatees there on a number of occasions! The area the turtles like is mostly grass and sandy, so it is not the most beautiful reef, but it was alive with sea life. We were in the water snorkeling for about an hour.

Afterward, we picked up the divers, and headed back to Ceiba. On the way back to the dock they offered beer, water, soda, and nuts for a snack. Throughout the trip, the crew took photos of the trip which they can send to you at the end.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

Day-tripping During COVID

We did this trip in November 2020, during the pandemic, so the company had to follow all of the current safety guidelines. Things may be different on your trip, depending on current restrictions. We did this trip on a Sunday (just prior to the beach closure), so we were permitted to access the beach. You will also notice many more weekend boaters in our photos than you would see during the normal weekday trip. In order to adhere to the social-distancing requirement, our trip was limited to 20 people (versus the 49 capacity of the boat). The current executive order prohibits “hanging out” on the beach, so I believe that this tour currently does not provide beach access. They will adapt their tours to adhere to the current executive order as things change over time.

Pure Adventure Vieques Snorkel

Details

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The price of this tour is $69 for adults and $59 for kids (ages 6 to 12 years), plus tax. That includes all equipment (snorkel, mask, fins, flotation devices), snacks, and drinks. If you are a certified SCUBA diver, you can do a 1-tank dive instead of snorkeling for $75 (that includes tank and weights). If you need to rent SCUBA gear (regulator and BCD), add $15.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

Our tour departed around 1pm, and returned to Ceiba around 5pm. They ask that you arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to take care of paperwork.

Bring sunblock, a hat, and a towel.

Pure Adventure can arrange transportation from the San Juan area. Call them to ask about availability and prices.

The tour is about 4 hours long.

You can call them at 787.202.6551 to get more information about this tour.

You can visit the Pure Adventure web site to get more information about this tour.

Pure Adventure is located in the Roosevelt Roads Marina in Ceiba. Follow signs for the Ceiba Airport and the Ceiba Ferry Terminal.

It takes about 75 minutes to drive to the marina from the San Juan area.

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