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Guanica Dry Forest

Route 334, Guanica, Puerto Rico
787-821-5706
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As featured in Daytrips from San Juan
Ranked #2 of 4 attractions in Guanica
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Forests
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

While planning our first trip to PR we were intrigued by the concept of a 'dry forest'. The road to our first stop, Mary Lee's by the Sea, was on the edge of the Dry Forest, and we came to understand the name.This coastal nature preserve receives very little precipitation except during the rainy season, and the native ecosystem has... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Starting at the information center, my family of 4 (kids 9 and 11) hiked down the Ballena trail to the road (333). It looked like the trail continued on the other side of 333, but there was a locked gate and fence, and we did not look for a way around it. The hike down was about 30 minutes. The... More

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We went early in the morning before the hot sun got too high. The Guide sent us on a boring little loop but we noticed a peak (Denoted by a triangle) on the map we had so we wandered up that way and it was worth it! Beautiful views back into the valley.

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

It was a cool place, dry, but fresh at the same time. Some wear animals, not dangerous at all. A beautiful contrast between the Dry Forest and the blue beach close to it.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Hike in the morning because it becomes very hot around 11:00 AM. Make sure you find a great view (the triangle on the map). Some of the trails/service rocks are really rocky and a little hard to hike on.

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Glenwood City, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Walking the beaches at the Dry Forest was a great way to spend a day exploring the water and the cactus of Guanica. Not too many other folks in February, we would encourage decent shoes; the shores vary in topography. Barrel cactus were blooming 2/12. Sunblock a must.

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tularosa, NM
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

There are several trails starting from the information center/headquarters area. Can do short or long hikes. Some beach views. Water necessary and good shoes and a hat.

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Puerto Rico
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I went to the Dry Forest on November. As a Caribbean island the weather was just perfect. We entered on a 4x4 Wrangler to the top. It has a beautiful view. We just sit and observe the view with some cold beverages. This is a very good place to go walking or biking with the family. Sunblock is a most... More

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florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Neat to see the beautiful Caribbean Ocean with it's blue color and cactus plants all over the place. Wear comfortable closed shoes. There are low fat cacti that are dangerous to step on. Needs a good cleaning/ garbage and grafitti in places. Those iguanas that you will see are not native to the island and they are out of control...

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This was a place that had been mentioned in a lot of lists of Guanica attractions. The staff at our resort also told us about it and we went for an evening hike. Parked our car outside an old wooden gate and started walking on a trail with the Caribbean behind us. The trail kept curving up and we had... More

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