Fort Buchanan is an Army Base located in the northeast region of Puerto Rico near Guaynabo Municipality. It serves over 130,000 military personnel, veterans, and civilians and mostly provides needed services to those personnel who need any number of support facilities. According to the base, its mission is to “provide standardized services and sustainable infrastructure in support of the Armed Forces and the diverse Fort Buchanan community.”
The closest airport to base is United States Maria Akiba Island International Airport, about a 15-minute drive.
Classified as a tropical rainforest, the average temperature in Puerto Rico is about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically the temperature never drops lower than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy seasons on the island can vary greatly. In some areas, it is not uncommon to see 170 inches of rain per year, while others only reach about 30. Because of its location in the Atlantic, it is subject to Hurricanes and is also effected by El Niño and La Niña more so than the continental U.S.
Housing and Lodging at Fort Buchanan
The base offers two family housing areas – Coconut Grove and Las Colinas. Ninety units exist within these facilities which are designated for family housing. For more information on securing housing, check out the official housing site for the base.
The average renter’s fee for apartments off base can range from $800 per month to $1,600 per month. Houses rent anywhere from $1,600 to $2,500 each month. For a detailed list of frequently asked questions about housing, click here.
The Holiday Inn Express: El Caney Lodge has rooms ranging from $140-$160 dollars per night depending on the style of each unit.
For a more luxurious stay, The Condado Plaza Hilton is only 20 minutes from base. Rooms for the luxurious beachfront hotel can be reserved here.
Schools Nearby Buchanan
A K12 school system is located on base for personnel with children.
Antilles Elementary School: 787-707-2364
Antilles Middle School: 787-707-2461
Antilles High School: 787-707-2301
For information on how to register children to Puerto Rico Schools, please click here.
Things to Do
Because of this base being located on an island, much of this category relies on maritime and beach activities. Nearby is the Parque Forestal La Marquesa which has a great deal of natural scenery and is advertised as fun for the whole family. Admission is three dollars for children and seniors while adult admission is $6. The Bacardi Rum Factory is only a 15-minute ride from base where tours and tastings are given to visitors. Hurricane’s Irma and Maria have had devastating impacts on the island, destroying many of its nature scenes including the local botanical garden.
For an updated calendar of events happening on base, please click here.