Known as “El Pueblo de las Doce Calle,” which means “the Town of Twelve Streets,” Guanica is a small town located along the south coast. It touches Caribbean waters while also being home to the Guanica Dry Forest Reserve, the largest tract of tropical dry coastal forest in the world. Tourists who visit this town do so to partake in various outdoor adventures which leaves them in need of a reliable way to get around and see all that Mother Nature has created here.
Sailing is the one direct route to Guanica, but most people choose to fly to the international airport in San Juan, and others will visit by cruise ship which will dock in San Juan, then allow passengers to get off the boat and spread out to their desired destination on the island.
How you'll get around Guanica will depend largely on your budget and your level of comfort with each option. Whether you want to rent a car and drive yourself, hire a taxi to take you from one place to the next, or take a chance on the more affordable publicos, you'll have a number of reliable options to choose from.
At just under two hours away from San Juan by car, most travelers find that the best option for them is to fly into the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) and drive a rental car or hire someone to take them to Guanica. Marin International is the hub of all air travel in Puerto Rico as well as an important stop in the entire Caribbean so it is easy to find flights from across the United States as well as around the world. Hundreds of flights arrive and depart from this airport on a daily basis, bringing over eight million people through the terminal each year. To find out how best to fly to Marin International from your home town, click here.
Guanica is one of just four ports of entry around Puerto Rico, making it an ideal destination for yachters who don't want to have to clear in at one location only to dock in another. There are three different marinas in a very close distance, so if you're yearning to get right to exploring once you hit Puerto Rico's waters, you'll have an easy time making it happen here. Learn all about sailing and boating in Guanica here.
Across the island in San Juan is where one of the busiest cruise ports in the region is located. Millions of tourists visit Puerto Rico each year just by cruise ship alone, usually having sailed from the U.S. State of Florida, and on their way to several other destinations in the Caribbean. Puerto Rico is also a hub for several large liners, so plenty of people will fly to Puerto Rico and begin their cruise here. If you're sailing to Puerto Rico, you can easily get off the boat in San Juan and spend your day (or two) on shore exploring Guanica by renting a car.
As previously mentioned, if you're flying to Puerto Rico, you'll probably pick up a rental car at the airport in San Juan, but there are also rental agencies in Guanica that you can choose from if you make other arrangements. Regardless of which town you rent a car in, you'll need a driver's license from your country of origin or an International Driver's License, a credit card with the appropriate available balance (between $40 and $70 a day, plus taxes and insurance, as well as up to a $500 deposit), and you'll need to be over the age of 21. Learn everything you need to know about renting a car in Guanica by clicking here.
The words “Taxi Turistico” are scrawled across the front of a white vehicle to allow tourists to easily pick a cab out in a crowd. In Guanica, there aren't a ton of taxis driving around town, but they can always be called to come pick you up wherever you are. The cost of a taxi will depend on who your driver is. Some will want to negotiate a rate with you, while others will run the meter.
Most people will arrive in Guanica expecting to be able to save money by using a locally operated bus system. Unfortunately, there is currently no such thing in the town. What Guanica does have is a set of publicos, which are vans and minibuses that operate similarly to buses, but with some of the features of a taxi. The publicos drive set routes, but there are no specific stops. Instead, drivers stick to their routes picking up passengers whenever they are flagged down and will let passengers off wherever they request along their route, like with a taxi. The difference is, the vehicle does not offer private rides and will continue to pick up passengers along the way until it is fully. This form of transport will cost around $1.50(USD) per person.
In Guanica, you'll have transportation options that allow you to fly, to sail, and to drive. How you get there, and how you get around when you arrive, is up to you, allowing you to choose the adventure you feel most comfortable with, or that suits your needs the best.
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