Gilligan’s Island, Puerto Rico

Travel Blog  •  Ben Keene  •  05.26.06 | 12:03 PM ET

Coordinates: 17 58 N 66 55 W
Total biosphere area: 9,884 acres (4,000 hectares)
imageEven residents of nearby Guánica, Puerto Rico have to leave the comfort of their living rooms to actually visit Gilligan’s Island. Getting there, however, is as easy as a short ferry ride—no three-hour tour necessary. One of many mangrove cays located about a mile off the southwestern coast, this uninhabited island lures droves of snorkelers and sunbathers year round. As a part of the larger Guánica Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO has established 482 biosphere reserves worldwide), Gilligan’s Island and its surrounding subtropical dry forest illustrate our potential to successfully find a balance between conservation and development, ensuring the existence of this Caribbean attraction for decades to come.

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4 Comments for Gilligan’s Island, Puerto Rico

angeles m rodriguez 05.26.06 | 11:12 PM ET

I am an original from Guanica. Gilligan Island is not only beautiful, it is God’s gift to us human beings.

If you go, PLEASE LET US keeo it in excellent condition, help us preserve it to human kind.

a rodriguez @ san juan

ohioan 05.27.06 | 3:46 PM ET

I have been to Guanica Puerto Rico, and I must say that the Beaches there are Beautiful and peaceful, I have not gone to Gilligan Island though, but I hear that it is a beautiful place, maybe I’ll go there in a couple of years when I plan my 3rd vacation to the island.

Harry Pariser 05.27.06 | 11:44 PM ET

I cover this in my guidebook, Explore Puerto Rico. The reserve here is really incredible: one of the few remaining tropical dry forests in the Americas. Wonderful hiking!

Coqui 01.17.08 | 3:41 PM ET

Not had chance to get down to the Guanica area and Gilligan’s Island, but I know it is one of the places I want to see. Hopefully, the new year will allow me to adventure down there

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