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On Puerto Rico's dry, remote southwestern coast, near popular natural attractions
Guanica is a small town located on Puerto Rico's relatively untouched southwestern coast. Shielded by the nearby Cordillera Mountains, the area receives much less rainfall than other areas of the island. It's a popular spot for eco-tourists: The hotel is within the 18,000-acre Guanica Dry Forest, a protected reserve, La Parguera's bioluminescent bay is a 30-minute drive away. Arranging transportation from the airport can be costly, and if you're considering exploring the area, consider renting a car.
The upper-middle-range Copamarina, located on Puerto Rico's remote southwestern coast, is a world away from the crowded high-rise hotels of San Juan. The 106 rooms have colorful decor, sturdy pine furniture, and small flat-screen TVs, but cheap bedding and visible wear and tear. The real draws here are the nearby natural attractions (including Gilligan's Island, the Guanica Dry Forest, and the Parguera bioluminescent bay); water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, and diving; and the peace and quiet. But the on-site beach has coarse sand, and anyone planning to explore the area should consider renting a car.