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Guanica Dry Forest

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Address: Route 334, Guanica, Puerto Rico
Phone Number: 787-821-5706
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica...
The Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica, in Spanish) is an great example of a dry forest, as compared to the rain forests found elsewhere on the island. Covering almost 1,000 acres, it has been designated as a United Nations International Biosphere Reserve. The forest offers many well-maintained trails and is a bird-watcher’s paradise.
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Nice Hike

We took a morning hike along the Meseta trail of Guanica Dry Forest. The trail snakes along a rugged coastline packed with arches, blowholes, small beaches, and dramatic bluffs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Louisville, Colorado

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Austin, Texas
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We stayed near the Guanica Dry Forest and it was so beautiful! We also made a day trip to the rainforest but staying near the dry forest was a great idea. I've never seen anything like it!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Although Guanica has history, of when the american entered through the Malecon during the Spanish / American war, the town had become a ghost town most of the restaurants have closed, and many people have closed there homes and left for the Main land in search of a better future. The dry forest has and is in need of restoration,... More 

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Avon Lake, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you are in Guanica, you have to take some time to hike in the dry forest. It is an international biosphere reserve. It's extremely interesting- you hike up one side of the mountain and it's green, deserty type plants and trees. As you hike higher, the foliage becomes more dense. There is also-- you have to see it --... More 

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Louisville, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We took a morning hike along the Meseta trail of Guanica Dry Forest. The trail snakes along a rugged coastline packed with arches, blowholes, small beaches, and dramatic bluffs. The vegetation is pretty cool with a mixture of cactus and other plants adapted to dry conditions. It gets a bit hot as the day progresses, though... Recommended!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

They have very friendly personnel who tell you which options do you have. They have a very good interpretative trail map and the facilities look like new. I wish they have extended working hours (they were up to 4:30pm, at which time they close the gates).

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This unique biosphere is a must see for everyone who visits puerto rico. They have several trails to choose from. But a word of warning...bring plenty of water. Ask the the ranger about where each trail takes you and how long. There are no benches or cover to sit, no restrooms along the trails. In summer it gets extremely hot,... More 

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Sanbana Grande, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

If you know the rain forest in the north-east of the Island, you need to come and see the opposite. Hot dry weather, but windy. A different forest. Yes, with only 2 1/2 hours of different in time you will see two different forest in the same Island. This one is beautiful and end in the south cost of the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Awesome pics I got here really amazing sorrounding areas are also great to pass by, people are very friendly

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Guanica Dry Forest is exactly what the name describes... a dry forest! It' nothing more than some acres of land located in the driest part of the Island. And that is what makes it so unique and beautiful. The fact that some of the fauna and flora are unique to this part of the Island, because of the arid... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Very interesting area, dry and different flora and fauna. Better to go in January, March or April because it is very dry and hot during summer. The persons that love nature will love the place.

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