Rainforest, Dwarf Forest, Dry Forest, Mountains, Mangroves, IslandsDRNA or Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (Dept. of Natural Resources of the Government of Puerto Rico) The 'Negociado del Servicio Forestal' and the 'Division de Reservas Naturales y Refugios de Vida Sylvestre' administers their Foreset Reserves and Wildlife Refuges and issues camping permits. You must get the permits in San Juan. Offices in San Juan are next to Club Nautico marina by the bridges. Tels. 787- 724-3647, 724-3724 FX: 721-5984. or write: P.O. Box 9066600, Pta. de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00906-6600 USA. Fee $4.pp per nt. Cabins in Guilarte: $20. For up to 4 pers. You may request an open reservation and travel at your at your leisure, otherwise they want you to stick to a schedule. They also handle permits for trips to Mona Island.
Camping Information permit details are on this page. A summary of camping, where to go, is on the Camping Page. 7 Day Drive Yourself Trip around Puerto Rico
El Yunque Rain forest (Caribbean National Forest) is administered by the US Forest Service. You must get your free camping permit at El Portal (rd #191, north side) before 4 pm. Trails in the forest are well maintained and extensive. The water in the rivers is clean as long as you are within the upper boundaries. There are no poisonous snakes! The endangered Puerto Rican Parrot is so rare, you will not see one. No specified campgrounds, no facilities but you can camp in the forest. Stay away from the roads. Not recommended unless you are a real experienced nature lover. You will hear the coqui’s, tiny tree frogs that serenade the evening hours. The road across the mountain broke in the middle. The South side (also road #191), having no facilities, is still the same rain forest, just quieter with no tour buses and parking lots etc. Photo below taken by Rex Cauldwell. More waterfalls.
US Fish and Wildlife administers several properties around Puerto Rico. Their headquarters is located near Boqueron. No camping facilities.