Mata Redonda, Coco Beach, Río Grande P.R.

Rhizophora mangle, known as the red mangrove, is distributed in estuarine ecosystems throughout the tropics. It’s viviparous “seeds”, in actuality called propagules, become fully mature plants before dropping off the parent tree. These are dispersed by water until eventually embedding in the shallows.

Pictures taken by: Niko J. Gerena Cotto


Roadtrip to: Guánica, Puerto Rico

Guánica is a town and municipality in southern Puerto Rico, bordering the Caribbean Sea.


Guánica is a modern town that maintains roots and connections to a traditional past. Known as el pueblo de la amistad (The town of Friendship), is also occasionally referred to as el pueblo de las doce calles (the town of the twelve streets). The central part of town consists of five streets running north-south crossing seven other streets that run east-west, resulting in a compact grid of 24 square blocks, one of which is the town plaza. Facing the plaza is the Catholic Church, city hall, a school, and many shops; the plaza itself contains greenery, walks, and a music stand. In recent years this central area of the twelve streets has been extensively supplemented by suburbs in the south and west. Hills surround the town and harbor, including the 450-foot (140 m) hill to the east of town, itself topped by the tiny Fort Caprón. Two large factories, one producing fertilizer, partially distract the eye from the pleasant landscape, but both have been important to the economy of the town, at one time dominated by the sugar plantations of Central Guanica. The resort chain known as Club Med once attempted to set up a luxury resort on beaches east of the town, but withdrew due to local opposition which was apprehensive about both environmental and community degradation; east of the town some 200 acres (0.8 km2) of land, including three miles (5 km) of beach, have been intermittently for sale. It is a fishing village. Commercial fishermen still ply their traditional trade beyond the harbor entrance.

Landmarks and places of interest

Azul Beach

Ballena Bay

Caprón Fortress

Casa Alejada

Cayo Aurora, Gilligan’s Island

El Malecón (Boardwalk)

Guánica Bay

Guánica Hacienda

Manglillo Beach

Mary Lee’s By the Sea

Mimi’s Guest House

Guánica Lighthouse

Playa Santa Beach

Punta de Brea

Punta Jorobao

Santa Rita Hacienda

Serra Beach

Central Guanica (Sugar Cane Refinery)

Photos taken by: Andrea Torres López

Beach Canopy: Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa