Guánica Light

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Guánica Lighthouse
Guanica Light.JPG
ca. 1898
Guánica  Lighthouse is located in Puerto Rico
Guánica  Lighthouse
Guánica Lighthouse
Puerto Rico
Location Guánica, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 17°57′3″N 66°54′11″W / 17.95083°N 66.90306°W / 17.95083; -66.90306Coordinates: 17°57′3″N 66°54′11″W / 17.95083°N 66.90306°W / 17.95083; -66.90306
Year first lit 1893
Deactivated 1950
Construction brick and cement blocks tower
Tower shape octagonal tower with balcony and lantern
Original lens Sixth-order Fresnel
ARLHS number

PUR 007

Faro de Guanica[a]
MPS Lighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP reference # 77001549[3]
Heritage place listed on the National Register of Historic Places Edit this on Wikidata

Guánica Light (Spanish: Faro de Guánica) was a historic lighthouse located in the town of Guánica, Puerto Rico in the Guánica State Forest. It was first lit in 1893 and deactivated on 1950.[3] The light marked the entrance to Guánica Bay and bridge the gap between Los Morrillos Light and Caja de Muertos Light.

Guanica Lighthouse in 2014

In July 1898, lighthouse keeper Robustiano Rivera spotted the convoy of the American forces that initiated the landing offensive of the Puerto Rican Campaign during the Spanish–American War. He immediately gave the alert to the residents of Guánica and marched to Yauco where he broke the news of the invading forces to the city's mayor.[4]

The lighthouse is practically in ruins, though some parts of its unique architectural elements are still visible.[5] It was listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1981.[3]

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  1. ^ The light's name is presented here without the accent on "Guánica" in conformance with the usage in the light's National Register nomination form[1] and Federal Register announcement of listing.[2]


  1. ^ Tarr, J. A. (August 1976), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: Faro de Guanica (Lighthouse) (PDF), retrieved November 16, 2015 .
  2. ^ "Department of the Interior, Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service: National Register of Historic Places; Annual Listing of Historic Properties", 44 FR 7416 (February 6, 1979), at 7581.
  3. ^ a b c "Inventory of Historic Light Stations National Park Service". Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ "El desembarco en Guánica". 1898 La Guerra Hispano Americana en Puerto Rico (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  5. ^ "Lighthouses Friends". Retrieved 2009-05-06.