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Introducing Guánica & Around

A plush resort east of town draws international travelers, but Guánica doesn’t much notice the happenings of the relatively rich and famous: it exudes the feel of a simple fishing village where folks unwind after a long week of tending the lines at open-air bars along the malecón (waterfront promenade). The village sprawls from the edge of a scrubby town square and a row of bars and restaurants facing a large factory across the bay. However, just east of town the Bosque Estatal de Guánica is stunning, perched in hills above the sea; after a long day in the sun there, Guánica is a low-key spot to recharge with a few cold ones and a meal of the freshest seafood – some of it caught only hours earlier by the guy at the end of the bar. Guánica is a few miles south of Hwy 2 on Rte 116.