Boating and Sailing Near Guánica

One of four ports of entry is located in Guanica

Copyright: Carlos Manchego

Guanica serves as one of the official ports of entry in Puerto Rico, meaning you can sail in and meet with customs to gain official clearance, whereas there are other popular sailing destinations on the island that do not have a customs office.  In addition to clearing in, tourists can also hire local tour operators to show them around by boat. 

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

There is something to be said about touring local waters with a sailor who has lived in the area for years and really knows his or her stuff.  When you sign up for a sailing excursion in the Guanica area, there are a few different options to choose from, but most will include a coastal tour that lasts for a few hours, that offer beverages and a limited amount of food, and snorkeling. 


To get to Guanica, use the Punta Messa Lighthouse as your major indication that you are on the right track.  From there, five flashing red markers will lead you to Guanica Bay.

When you arrive, customs officials will want to look over your paperwork as well as the paperwork for your boat, and you will need to purchase a 12 month cruising permit for between $25 and $37(USD) depending on your country of origin.  Once this process is completed, you're free to sail to a local marina to dock your boat. 

Seriously considering traveling to Guánica using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter elsewhere? See the table that follows to find summary information concerning nearby marinas.

Name Location
Bahia de Guanica Dock 8.1 mi. (13.1 km) East of La Parguera
Cana Gorda State Park Docks 2.9 mi. (4.6 km) Southeast of Guánica
Punta Jacinto Dock 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) Southeast of Guánica
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Bahia de Guanica - Guánica 17.9638644219 -66.908712429
2.2 mi. (3.6 km) Southeast of Guánica 17.9513312326 -66.8801307678
2.7 mi. (4.4 km) East-Southeast of Guánica 17.9506984259 -66.871676445

Sailing is part of life in Guanica, and tourist from around the world arrive in droves each year to experience.  Even if you don't have the know how, you can get someone in the area to take you on sailing tour, allowing you to get your fill of this important and popular pastime. 


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