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.
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.
If you want to spend a few hours on the water, without the cost and complications involved with renting a boat you can take an excursion. See the table below to get names and phone numbers for excursion providers.
|Coastal Marine Boat Tours||(787) 310-8458||La Parguera|
|Fondo de Cristal||(787) 899-5891||Route 304 - La Parguera|
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 in your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? This table contains a list of nearby marinas.
|8.1 mi. (13.1 km) East of La Parguera|
|2.9 mi. (4.6 km) Southeast of Guánica|
|2.2 mi. (3.6 km) Southeast of Guánica|
|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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