Guanica Lighthouse

A historic lighthouse located in the Guanica State Forest, the Guanica Lighthouse was first lit in 1893, and served until 1950. The historical significance of this site comes from the tale of lighthouse keeper Robustiano Rivera, who, in July of 1898, spotted the American forces as they were lading on the island during the Spanish-American war, and was able to warn local residents.

Since the lighthouse closed in 1950 it has fallen into complete disrepair and is little more than ruins. The city of Guanica has bought the property and has promised to restore it, though work has not yet begun.

What to Expect

Not much remains of the Guanica Lighthouse, and the area is fenced off to the public.

The Guanica Lighthouse was built 1893. It has an octagonal masonry tower mounted on a keeper's quarters. The building is 50 feet long by 28 feet wide and has stone walls covered in white stucco. The tower measures 33 feet tall and once projected light that was eight miles long.

Staying Close

Consider staying in a welcoming part of Puerto Rico if you plan on visiting Guanica Lighthouse, since visitors to this part of Puerto Rico will have easy access to this lighthouse for the duration of their trip. With only a few accommodations in the neighborhood around Guanica Lighthouse, a small amount of tourist movement should be anticipated.

Hotels near Guanica Lighthouse
Hotel Type Island Distance Direction
Parador Guanica 1929 Hotel Puerto Rico 2.2 mi. (2.1 km) NW

Location and What's Nearby

If outdoor activities also pique your interest, consider visiting Cana Gorda Beach, the most convenient beach to access from the lighthouse.


Operating Hours

The hours of operation for the lighthouse are not readily available, meaning that your group's best option is calling in advance to make certain the institution will be open to visitors when you and your companions aim to visit.


To find out how much the museum charges, dial up Guanica Lighthouse ahead of time to find out how much they charge, or if they do at all.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (787) 821-4343
FAX: (787) 821-0092

Location: Route 333, Puerto Rico


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