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Traveling to Puerto Rico During COVID

We are located in Austin, Texas but recently traveled to Puerto Rico during COVID. Here are some tips that might help future travelers. Feel free to contact me with any questions. We spent two weeks driving around the island.

Written in May 2021

Ross McIntyre

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COVID Test to Travel

  • To enter PR, you need to arrive with a negative COVID test result at least 72 hours in advance from departure.

  • Be prepared to wear masks outside when walking.

  • Most places were great about temperature checks and hand sanitizer stations before entering establishments.

  • As an American, you don't need a COVID test to return to the mainland U.S.A.

Getting Around

  • As an avid backpacker I was looking for public buses

  • There really wasn't any except in San Juan.

  • No publicos to get you around the island.

  • Rental cars are probably the best way to go.

  • Reserve the rental car in advance. Most of the island was sold out when we were visiting.

  • Parking tickets are $100-$500. I know... Insane

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Ferry to Culebra

  • Culebra Ferry terminal is located in Ceiba.

  • Tourists can only buy ferry tickets online and should be done in advance.

  • There are only a certain number of tickets per day and they sell out fast.

  • KN95 (medical grade) masks were required on ferry.

  • Ferry terminal parking is $7 a day.


  • There are only a few hostels on the island. (Tons of hotels though)

  • Airbnb and guesthouses are the way to go.

  • Expect $70-$100 a night on accommodations.

  • Casa Coral is a must stay in Luquillo.


Our Conclusion of Puerto Rico During COVID

Puerto Rico was super beautiful and I cannot say enough good things about the island. It seemed like due to the pandemic, most places still had limited occupancy. We couldn't get reservations to El Yunque National Park, but were still able to drive up towards the entrance and swim at a nearby river. So Beautiful!!


We did realize we were traveling during spring break so that might of had something to do with everything being booked out. I expected to show up and wing it. So glad we reserved everything a few days in advance.


There was tons of plastic cutlery even when we were dining in. We ended up bringing our own bamboo utensils.


On an end note Puerto Rico was amazing!