Guanica…A charming seaside town with quiet beaches, world class scuba diving and home to United Nations World Biosphere Reserve
Puerto Rico is one amazing place in the Caribbean. For the first time visitor, it’s really surprising how a small island can have such diversity, the municipality of Guanica is one of those unique places. You don’t hear much about Guanica on popular travel magazines or television channels, those that love the pleasures that Guanica offers, want to keep it that way. This charming town is quiet and relaxed, travelers that enjoy exploring the unbeaten paths will enjoy Guanica, contrasting from tourist districts in San Juan, the capital city of Puerto Rico. The main allure for visitors of Guanica are the rich natural treasures the entire family will enjoy exploring in complete serenity. Couples seeking for seclusion will reconnect in Guanica’s hiking trails, free of crowds, leading to breathtaking scenic spots.
Quick Facts about Guanica, Puerto Rico
Guanica’s Slogan: Paraiso Del Eterno Verano (The Paradise of Eternal Summer)
- Location: Guanica is on the southwest of the island east of Lajas.
- Land Area: About 53 square miles.
- Hymn: América es jardín del mundo
- Locals are known as: Guaniqueños
- Tourism Information Office:
- Tel: 787-821-4343, 787-821-0092. Address: July 25 th St. right in front of the plaza
Attractions & Things to Do in Guanica, Puerto Rico
If you want beaches, Guanica offers some of the most unique ones on the island, likely to be secluded during weekdays with few crowds on weekends. In Guanica, you’ll have easy access to the best mangrove island in Puerto Rico, with crystal clear waters, and tropical fish underneath for snorkeling.
Bodegas Andreu Sole
After a day of exploration or relaxation in Guanica, have a romantic date or gather with friends and family at Bodegas Andreu Sole, a restaurant, wine bar, vineyard, and winery located on Ensenada Bay. Bodegas Andreu Sole is the only vineyard in Puerto Rico. The vineyard is only open on weekends, you can schedule a tour typically offered on Sundays. Reservations are required, please call 787-951-9622. Visit their website.
Finca El Girasol
A romantic place to visit is Finca El Girasol, a 10 acre farm where bright yellow sunflowers are grown. The blue skies and warm Puerto Rican Sun, contrast beautifully with thousands of sunflowers that seem to have a smile. Donation of $2 per vehicle is requested. Visitors can walk around the farm, enjoy the fresh air, scenic views and take home the perfect selfies to capture the memories. Fresh cut sunflowers are available for sale, a romantic gift for your loved one. Call 939-402-7967 foru hours before visiting. Visit their website
There are plenty more activities and points of interest to explore in the Porta del Sol region. You won’t run out of things to do, but you will certainly run out of time.
Guanica Dry Forest
Visiting Guanica will give you bragging rights for visiting a UN World Biosphere Reserve. Guanica is one of the best hiking destinations in Puerto Rico, offering about 12 trails along the interior of the mountains and along the pristine rugged coastline. The hiking trails are of average difficulty to walk, some trails are good for families with children, just be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen and bug repellent during rain season.
The offshore cay of Cayo Aurora more commonly known as Gilligan’s Island is gaining popularity, the most perfect natural pool with crystalline waters perfect for families, excellent for swimming with good snorkeling even for small children. More about Gilligan’s Island / Cayo Aurora.
Snorkeling in Guanica
Guanica is a great destination for families with children who wish to snorkel. Gilligan’s Island is like a giant natural pool with shallow waters, perfect for children to learn how to snorkel in safe calm waters. When the weather conditions are optimal, there is a reef at Playa Tamarindo. Professional charters will be happy to take you to the best snorkeling spots in Guanica and nearby sites in Lajas.
Scuba Diving in Guanica
Guanica is one of the top scuba diving destinations in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Guanica is among the most popular vacation destinations, but serious divers know about the “The Wall” in Guanica, a deep dive with excellent visibility, colorful healthy reefs and abundant sea life.
Hotels, Tours & Services for the Traveler
Guanica, an off the beaten path destination offers a handful of places to stay. Choose from a beachfront romantic resort, cozy small inns, or budget friendly house and apartment rentals dotted along the coast. A new luxury resort will be developed in Guanica, opening in 2018. Guanica is an excellent place for travelers who want to experience a quiet destination, with easy access to the best hiking destination on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Copamarina Beach Resort is one of the most popular wedding venues in the west coast of Puerto Rico. Check for deals on hotels, paradores and small inns – Guanica, PR.
Tours & Charters in Guanica
Guanica is well known among serious scuba divers, schedule a tour / charter to dive the walls and explore the underwater caves of the famous La Pared (The Wall). Book a guided tour of the Guanica Dry Forest with friendly guides. There are various fishing charters ready to take you on a glorious morning deep sea fishing. On the neighboring towns of Lajas & Cabo Rojo, more local charters are ready to show you the best of these coastal towns.