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.

Fish Tales: Deep Sea Fishing in San Juan

Update Dec. 1st, 2017- Post Maria- They are going out fishing!

Blue Marlin

The water around Puerto Rico is deep, rich, and full of some of the world’s best big game fishing. The Puerto Rico trench runs just beyond the north shore of the island. In this deep water swim loads of big fish, such as mahi-mahi , wahoo, tuna, white marlin, and blue marlin. If you want to try your luck and see if you can reel in a big one, take a deep sea fishing charter.

Personally, we don’t fish, but some of our guests recently went out deep sea fishing. The following is an overview of their experience, as told over drinks.

After trying Mahi-Mahi for the first time, they thought they would like to try their hand at catching their own.

Planning the Trip

After doing some research on the internet, it appears that the best deep sea fishing is off the San Juan coast, so they decided to go with Mike Benitez Fishing Charters out of the Club Nautico marina just outside of Old San Juan (this company no longer runs tours, but it will give you an idea). They called for reservations and the bi-lingual receptionist took their reservation. There are a number of trips to choose from, including 4-hour and day trips. It seems like as long as you have 2 or more people in your party, you qualify for a split charter, meaning it is charged per person, not for the cost of the whole boat (which holds 6 fishermen).

They decided on the 8:00am – 12:00 noon trip, so they would have the rest of the day to play in San Juan area. They decided to leave our place (in Rio Grande) early, about 6:00am, in order to avoid most of the rush-hour traffic. It took them about 1.25 hours to drive to the marina.

The Thrill of the Hunt

They found Club Nautico easily, and they told the guard at the gate that they were going out fishing with Benitez and he let them in. There is free parking right at Club Nautico by the marina.

They went in to the office, did the paperwork and away they went. On time – very impressive!

Marina

The boat was nice and large, about 45 feet. It had a nice air conditioned carpeted inside cabin and bathroom. That should make it comfortable for rough deep sea waters. They take out a maximum of 6 passengers for the trips, so there is plenty of room.

Soon after leaving the harbor, the mate started setting up all the equipment. They supply everything, the poles and bait, and they do all the work. All you have to do is man your pole and have a great time hanging around telling fish stories! This is deep sea fishing – the boat trolls slowly the whole time. Our friends thought it was rough seas, but the captain assured them it was not that bad – only 4 foot swells. Sometimes it can be 8 foot swells! If you are at all prone to sea-sickness, take precautions ahead of time!

There was a cooler full of water and cold sodas for everyone’s enjoyment, and to keep you refreshed. About halfway through, they changed lures, to see if new bait would attract anything. Unfortunately on this trip, Lady Luck was not with anyone on the boat. But it still was an enjoyable trip.

The rate for the Half Day Charter is around $600.00. The rate for the Full Day Charter is $900.00. There are usually Split Charter available. Rates usually include the captain, mate, fishing equipment, bait, and a cooler stocked with soft drinks and bottled water. Charters may be booked on a full boat or on an individual/share basis.

The Half Day Charters are about 4 hours, and depart at around 7- 8:00am and again in pm around 1:00pm. The Full Day Charters are 7-8 hours

Other Options

Here is some info on other fishing charters available in the San Juan area

  • Extreme Fishing Puerto Rico – 787-528-0715 or email: juancarlostorruella@yahoo.com www.extremefishingpuertorico.com
  • Caribbean Outfitters – Captain Omar Orraca 787.396.8346 Facebook page
  • Castillo Tours – 787-791-6195 – www.castillotours.com
  • If you want to leave out of Fajardo, look up

    There are also trips for light-tackle fly-fishing that go after Tarpon and snook in the Puerto Rican back country lagoons. These trips are perfect for fisherman who can’t take the rough open water of deep sea fishing. These are smaller boats, so there is usually a maximum of 3 fishermen on board, and the trips are usually less expensive than deep sea.

    For light-tackle trips from San Juan area contact

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