Guanica State Forest

Guanica State Forest

Guanica State Forest is located along the southwestern coast of Puerto Rico next to the city of Guanica and is about 10,000 acres of a tropical dry forest. There is both great hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching available, with over 100 species of birds, as well as some great beaches. The forest is a dry forest due to the topography of the region, which causes the forest to get very little rain throughout the year. Therefore there are a lot of cactus and other unique and interesting plant life and wildlife not found in other regions of Puerto Rico.

The ranger station, which you can reach by taking Route 334 from the city of Guanica, can provide you with maps and overall information on the forest. The most popular hiking trails are the Cueva Trail, the Ballena Trail (Whale Trail), the Julio Valez Trail, and the Fuerte Trail.

Guanica Boats

Another option for adventure is visiting the islands of Gilligan's Island or Whale Island (Isla Ballena) where there is snorkeling, picnic tables, and just laying out on the beach. These mangrove islands aren't terribly sandy, but they are a fun excursion for the day. There are ferry's available in Guanica to both islands that leave every hour or so. Gilligan's Island tends to be more popular than Whale Island, so if it is a weekend or holiday you might want to try Whale Island. The islands are closed on Monday's but are open daily from 10am to 5pm otherwise.

There aren't really any places to get supplies in the forest, so make sure you bring water, snacks, sun screen, bug repellent, and anything else you might need for the day.

Guanica State Forest is open daily, except for Mondays, from 9am to 5pm. Call 787-821-5706 for visitor and state forest information.