Day trip to Guanica

Posted February 16th, 2009 under Puerto Rico, Trips & Tours by MicheleP.

A few weeks ago we took off to explore a new part of the island (well, new to us – I’m sure it’s not actually “new”). We went through Ponce and stopped for lunch – at Chili’s. I know, it’s not that unique…but it’s reliable, offers food that isn’t fried and has clean bathrooms – three things that make me a happy camper.

After lunch we headed West to the town of Guanica on the Southern coast of the island. We had heard about this “dry forest” there but really had no idea what to expect. Unlike visiting El Yunque, one had ever mentioned to us “Oh – you just HAVE to go to the dry forest” so we didn’t have very high expectations. On the way to one of the entrances, we came upon a resort that looked pretty cool. We stopped to get some information. Turns out, it’s the only all-inclusive resort on the island and seemed very much our style – nice but casual and low key. We made a mental note to put Copamarina on our PR Bucket List.

Continuing on down the road, we were treated to some amazing views of the Caribbean on one side and then this rough, scraggly, dry and arid land on the other – it really is amazing to see such diversity on one island. There is also a small island just off the coast – Gilligan’s Island – that you can take a ferry or boat charter to. There are no facilities on the island but it looked like a great place to spend the day.

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We hiked along the coast for a while and then came back to the beach to play there. The current was pretty strong here so we stayed out of the water – and made our own “dry forest” in the sand.

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I’m not sure why this area isn’t promoted more than it is. We’ll now definitely tell people, “You have to go to the dry forest!”



  • 1

    Looks like a lovely place. Glad you had a nice day!

    Comment by Sandi — February 16, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

  • 2

    Continuing on down the road, we were treated to some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean

    You mean the Caribbean Sea, don’t you? o.o

    Comment by Joao — February 16, 2009 @ 10:20 pm

  • 3

    Beautiful! My best advice… post-Singapore…is…enjoy all of it. One day you’ll miss it.

    Comment by Sara Campbell — February 17, 2009 @ 1:42 pm

  • 4

    I love Gilligan’s Island. However, it can get very crowded, which can ruin the day. If you go, do not go during the summer months (summer vacation) or a weekend or holiday. The middle of a regular work week is good. Also get to the ferry REAL early, so you can stake out a good spot. The water is very shallow ” around the edges” (beach area), so nice for little ones. I say around the edges, because my favorite thing to do is ride the current down one side all the way to the open ocean, where it turns around and brings you back in. It’s very safe for adults and kids with their parents. You can hold onto the mangroves if the current is strong. You’ll see what I mean when you get there. Fran

    Comment by Fran and Steve — February 18, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

  • 5

    Joao – yes – the Caribbean – thanks! Ha! No clue where my head was…maybe back in Seattle? ;)

    Comment by MicheleP — February 18, 2009 @ 3:35 pm

  • 6

    We kayaked out to Gilligan’s Island. It was rough going against the current. It was fun to snorkel and yes very shallow near the island. I am glad you had a fun day exploring. Have you been to Viequez or Culebra yet?

    Comment by Alicia — February 26, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  • 7

    That scenery is AMAZING!

    Comment by Leigh Ann — March 3, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  • 8

    Guanica has been on my list for a while now, and I will make sure that it is our first excursion when we are back on the island in a few weeks’ time! I can’t wait to get back to Puerto Rico after a two month forced stay in Europe – fingers crossed that I get my visa on Monday (O got his already so it shouldn’t be a problem…)!

    Comment by Petra — March 11, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

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