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.

Try River Rafting in Puerto Rico

1/22 They are closed for the season.. The 2022-2023 Rafting season should start Late August and runs until January. When it is wet season and the rivers are running high.

Fall 2016- We went again during rainy season and it was a different place! We had more class 2 and 3 rapids and we hardly had to paddle- the river was swift and running! Great fun!. Also note- the company only runs the trips from end of August to December/Jan (during our wet season) to ensure the trip is exciting). Check it out while you can!

It has been a while since we have done any white-water rafting … I guess that’s mainly because there was never a company in Puerto Rico that offered it. I didn’t even know there was a river on the island that was suitable for it. But luckily, Puerto Rico Ríos Rafting Company started running trips out of Las Marias on the Río Grande de Anasco river. The river has lots of twists & turns, and ups & downs, to make for an exciting and fun adventure.

Las Marias is a small town that is off the beaten path for most tourists. But it is not that far from Rincon or Ponce … making this a nice side trip from those areas. The company is small, started in 2015 by an experienced white-water rafter from California, and they use experienced guides (some are local).

White Water River Rafting

Our Trip

We originally went in March, which is in dry season. During dry season the water level in the rivers is (for the most part) low, so it is not the best time to try to shoot rapids! But we wanted to check it out … so, using a discount, we went.

As it turns out, yes, the river was low and mostly flat. It would be a stretch to say that we encountered even Class 1 rapids. It was more of a river-rafting trip instead of true white-water rafting. But we still had fun. What we experienced would be great for families with kids. When we did it again during Sept- Dec, (Rainy season) the river was high and we had some real rapids. Lots of fun!

Our group of 6 was divided into 2 boats, each with a guide. The company has nice inflatable Zodiac boats that hold 2-6 people, and the river guide. Everyone gets a paddle, a personal flotation device (PDF), and a helmet.

The bilingual guides tried to make it as fun and safe as possible. You could tell they were very experienced. On our low water trip, we had time to relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife along the river. Because of the low water, our boat got caught up on the bottom a few times, and we even had to get out in spots to walk the boat over the rocks. Our guide told us they run two parts of the river — the upper part that has bigger rapids and is a more demanding course, with actual class 2 and 3 rapids (when waters are running high), and the lower section (where we were) that is more usable during lower water levels.

White Water River Rafting

We probably had to paddle a little more than if the waters were high, so it was a bit of a work out. We paddled about 2 hours and then stopped for a lunch (sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies). During lunch we could play in the river if we wanted. After lunch, we did another hour or so of rafting. At the end, we helped carry the rafts to the waiting van, that took us all back to our starting point.

I have to say that it was a fun experience. I would suggest that you plan your trip during wet season — the more water the better! Maybe we will go back and try it when there is actual white-water in the river! I have seen photos, and it looks like there are actually Class 2 and Class 3 rapids up at higher elevations on this river.

White Water River Rafting

Details

Mid-week rates are $109 per person, while weekend rates are $129 per person. Check their Facebook page for specials!

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.

The upper river trip covers 8 miles, and takes 3 to 4 hours. It often has true rapids, and is a more challenging course. Minimum age for this part of the river is 13 years old.

The lower river trip covers 8 miles, and takes 3 to 4 hours. It is a less challenging course. Minimum age for this part of the river is 7 years old (or weight of over 50 pounds).

1-888-9- ACTION (787) 981-2337

You can get more information on the Puerto Rico Ríos Rafting Company web site or on their Facebook page.

There are restrooms, changing room, and shower available at the starting/ending point. It also happens to be at a bar, so you can get some liquid refreshment afterwards!

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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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