Guanica is a quiet fishing village on Puerto Rico's relatively undeveloped southwestern coast, where Christopher Columbus landed on his second voyage to the Americas. The main draw of this side of the island is its pure, untouched flora and fauna. Guanica lies in arguably the island's most beautiful region, with white-sand beaches, forest reserves, exotic birds, phosphorescent waters, and opulent villas.
The area draws a number of eco-tourists, and is home to the Guanica Dry Forest Reserve -- the largest remaining tropical dry coastal forest in the world, and one of UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve sites. Next to this forest is the "Punta Ballena Reserve," a mangrove forest which houses some manatees and Hawksbill turtles, among other animals.
There aren’t many options, with just one all-inclusive resort east of town and several other guest houses in the area.
|Languages:||Spanish and English|
|Time Zone:||Atlantic Standard|
|Hurricanes:||Aug. 1-Nov. 30|
|Electricity:||110 V, 60 Hz (U.S. compatible)|
|Tipping:||15%-18% at restaurants|