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Guánica is a town and municipality in southern Puerto Rico (U.S.), bordering the Caribbean Sea, south of Sabana Grande, east of Lajas, and west of Yauco. It is part of the Yauco Metropolitan Statistical Area.The town of Guánica, also known as Pueblo de Guánica, is the principal town of the municipality. The town's population in 2000 was 9,247 people among 3,808 housing units over a land area of 2.49sqmi. The town is located on a deeply indented harbor of the same name. The harbor resembles a tropical fjord, narrow and bordered by rugged hills, barely a quarter-mile wide, but about two miles (3 km) from mouth to the town. The town is about 100mi and over two hours driving distance from San Juan, the capital city of the island, and about 20mi west of Ponce, another principal city of the island.Guánica's postal zip code is 00653 and telephone area codes are 787 and 939. The urban area of Ensenada has a separate postal zip code of 00647.HistorySettlementJuan Ponce de Leon landed in the Guánica harbor on August 12, 1508 and founded a town called Guaynía, a word derived from the Taíno indigenous culture that possibly meant "Here is a place with water". The town, considered the capital of the island of Puerto Rico (which was at that time named Isla de San Juan Bautista), was destroyed during the indigenous uprising of 1511, and the area was abandoned by Europeans for some years, during which time San Juan (itself at first called Puerto Rico) became the capital of the island. The refounded town of Guánica was at first a part of the municipality of Yauco until Guánica was established as a separate municipality on March 13, 1914. Víctor Ángel Sallaberry Safini was Guánica's first mayor.
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Popular things to do in Guanica

Guanica Dry Forest
Duration: 4 hours
Scuba / Snorkeling
Island Scuba
Duration: 2h 30 min
Finca El Girasol
Duration: 1h 30 min
Atolladora Beach (Ballena Bay)
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Guanica

History Museum
Museo de Arte de Ponce Ponce
Duration: 2 hours
Isla de Caja de Muertos Ponce
Duration: 4 hours
Specialty Museum
Parque de Bombas Ponce
Duration: 2h 30 min
Museo Castillo Serralles Ponce
Duration: 2h 30 min

Places to visit with Guanica

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