Located 20 mi/32 km west of Ponce, Guanica, Puerto Rico, was the site of the first U.S. troop landing in the Spanish-American War. It is now noted for the Guanica Forest Reserve.

On UNESCO's list of Biosphere Reserves, the dry forest has 48 rare tree species and is an excellent place for bird-watching. A large, shady beach is within the reserve, as are some abandoned buildings from an old sugar mill. Phone 787-821-5706 (preserve) or 787-821-4343 (Guanica tourism office).

Note: Puerto Rico sustained severe damage during Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Recovery efforts may take years. Travelers should investigate current conditions prior to planning a visit.

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