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.

Making Bubbles on Vieques – Dive In!

4/21- They are Diving!

Gwenn and Ray SCUBA Diving with Nan-Sea Charters in Vieques

Puerto Rico is a very populated place and its north coast can be very rough and silty. So in order to get the best underwater diving experience, I have found you need to get away from the crowds. It also helps to get away from river mouths. Heading to an out-island like Vieques is a great idea. One of the first things you will notice when you get to Vieques is the amazingly water. And in this clean water lives an ocean of wonderful sea life, just waiting for you to dive in and explore.

Vieques is a small island about 7 miles to the east of the big island of Puerto Rico. Vieques is known for its clear water and great beaches, and there are reefs all around it.

The north side of the island usually is too rough for swimming, but you will find some nice scuba and snorkel sites on the south side of the island. Some are accessible by shore dives (like around the Esperanza pier or even Mosquito Pier on the north), but most require a boat trip.

Many of the sites are easy for everyone, and relatively shallow, though some are more deep or have some current. The water runs from about 75°F in winter months to 82°F in summer. Visability varies with weather, but it is usually pretty good — better in summer months, much more variable in winter months.

We dove a 2-tank dive here a few years ago in March. The seas were a bit rough, but not too bad. We dove on Patti’s Reef and Anchor Reef. I can’t say I thought it was the best diving I have done, but they were enjoyable dives.

Our Friends SCUBA Diving with Nan-Sea Charters in Vieques

The coral reefs and limestone are not too colorful, but the sea life, such as rays, turtles, barracuda and lobsters and lots of different fishes, are usual sights. We had a turtle swim right up to us and hang out with us for a while on a safety stop at Patti’s Reef. That was pretty cool.

Of course, being the ocean, if you are lucky you may see almost anything from sea horses to sharks. We noticed it was sandy bottoms with limestone and coral mounds all around. So take your time underwater and explore on, under and around these formations nooks and crannies for some amazing things.

Something to point out … Diving in Puerto Rico is not cheap — be prepared for $100+ for a 2-tank boat dive. Shore dives are a little less.

Note: the operator we used has since changed hands, so we can’t comment specifically about any operator now. However, they all get great reviews, so pick one and DIVE IN!

No matter which operator you choose for your day of diving, don’t forget to bring your C-card!

Black Beard Sports

Sea Turtle in Vieques

This is a sport and activity store, and a PADI dive center, located in Isabel Segundo. They offer sales and rentals of snorkeling & diving gear. They also have both guided shore dive and boat trips. They have a small boat, they take out a maximum of 6 divers at a time.

You can call (787) 741-1892 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the Black Beard Sports Facebook page for more information.

They can repair SCUBA equipment. They offer PADI certification classes. Also available: open-water check-out dive referrals, resort courses (for non-certified divers). Note: SCUBA equipment rental is extra (not included in the price). They also have snorkel trips. The store also offers rental of mountain bikes,camping equipment,beach stuff (like chairs/coolers) and sales of beach clothing. They no longer take credit cards.

Isla Nena Scuba

This is a small PADI dive company. They offer both guided shore dive and boat trips and dive training and refresher courses. They have a small boat, they take out a maximum of 6 divers at a time.

You can call (787) 718-7605 for more information or to make a reservation. Or email info@islanenescuba.com

You can visit the Isla Nena Scuba web site for more information.

Vieques Dive Company

Vieques Dive Company has closed.

Nan-Sea Charters

has closed.

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