Gilligan’s Island nicknamed after the popular tv show, is one of Puerto Rico’s cays you can’t miss. Cayo Aurora, the cay’s formal name, is a mile off the coast of the of Guanica on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Gilligan’s Island is part of the Biosphere Reserve of Guanica and managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DRNA). Cayo Aurora is one of the three cays that make up Cayos de Caña Gorda (Caña Gorda Cays); Cayo Aurora is on the west side, Isla Ballena on the east side separated from the mainland by a channel of about 65 feet, and Cayo Honda is the cay in between.
Few tourists and travelers get to enjoy this relaxing haven, it’s still one of the unbeaten paths of Puerto Rico. The few lucky ones that do, get to enjoy this island with very few crowds during winter high travel season. It only gets busy with locals during holiday weekends and summers.
Surrounded by a healthy mangrove system, Gilligan’s Island is a a snorkelers haven with crystal clear waters with schools of tropical fish, and a few places with live healthy coral. Bring your own snorkeling gear
or rent / buy at the main island in Guanica or nearby towns. If you’re a beginner snorkeler or you would like to get your children started, Gilligan’s is a great place to learn.
The bottom is very sandy and you can swim all around the island with little effort, the current is slow and gentle. Gilligan’s is very child friendly with shallow water, and picnic tables, barbeque pits, and shaded areas for family picnics. Cayo Aurora is an excellent place to kayak and there are other small islands next to it to explore.
If you have small children, they’ll absolutely love this island and they’ll keep asking you to bring them back.
If you like bird watching, you will see a variety here.
The gentle currents slowly push you down the beach as you snorkel or float on a board.
Along the water, you’ll find intimate spots along mangrove trees perfect for two. If you want a quiet romantic atmosphere, get here early during weekdays. On non-summer months, you may find yourself sharing the island with just a small group of people, perhaps have it to yourselves.
Facilities at Cayo Aurora / Gilligan’s Island
- There are composting toilets on the island, bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitiser.
- Picnic tables, get here early to claim one.
- Barbecue pits – bring everything you’ll need and be sure to clean up after yourself please.
- There are trash bins on the island, use them…and that includes bottle caps. If you find the island beautiful please help us keep it that way.
Facts to Know Before you Go
- There really is no beach area, the middle of the island is covered in mangrove trees, the little sand areas are just wide enough to enter and exit the water. The waters are so shallow that you can bring your lounge chair and place them right on the water under the shade of a mangrove tree or right in the middle of the natural pool. Floats are great for Cayo Aurora.
- During low season and on weekdays you’ll mostly have the island to yourself. During the summer months and high tourist season particularly on weekends, the island is a popular place for locals and tourists so get there early to grab a spot and picnic table. Locals like to bring music and it can get loud with young crowds in the summer months when kids are off school.
- There are no lifeguards there so you’re on your own, keep an eye on your kids.
- Food – There are no shops at Gilligan’s Island, so bring a cooler with everything you’ll need. The restaurant at the ferry sells food and they’ll take your order and bring it to the island if you wish.
- Bring bug spray, the mornings are ok, by 2pm mosquitos and sand flies can become bothersome.
- No Loud Music
- No games with rackets
- No hammocks
- No camping
- NO hanging or jumping from mangroves
- No pets
- No firepits
- NO DRINKS FROM BOTTLES
We hope you enjoy your visit !! – Please keep our Beaches clean, put your trash in a bag and preferably take it back to the main island.
Tours to Gilligan’s Island – Guanica
Tours to Gilligan's Island - Directory
- Kayaking tours by Eco Action Tours - (787) 791-7509 or (787) 640-7385
Getting to Gilligan’s Island / Driving Directions & Taking the Ferry
- From San Juan to Gilligan’s Island, Guanica – Take Highway 52 to the town of Ponce. Then head west (now called Porta del Sol) on Road 2 and south on Route 116 to the town of Guanica. Then take Road #333. Following the turn to Copamarina Beach Resort make a right, shortly you’ll see a parking lot on your right, park there and get your tickets.
- By Ferry: (Updated January 29th, 2018) To get to Gilligan’s Island, there is a small private passenger ferry that operates Tuesday to Sunday. The island is closed for visitors on Mondays, DRNA rules.
- First trip leaving to Gilligan’s is from 9am – 10am (depending on number of visitors) and the return trip is at 5pm. Regularly the ferry makes trips every half hour. Depending on the amount of people, they may leave earlier or later.
- Cost is only $9.59 p/p round trip. Coolers $5.58.
- Before you make the trip to Guanica please call 787-821-4941. If the weather is not favorable, the ferry will not make the trip.
- By Kayak: You can also rent kayaks at MaryLee’s by the Sea and kayak to Cayo Aurora, it will take you about 30 minutes to get there.
- By Boat: There’s a pier where you can tie your boat.
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