La Guancha

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La Guancha Beach is not one of Puerto Rico's more popular beaches for swimming, but it is a great place for strolling and socializing. The boardwalk here is filled with kiosks selling food, drinks, and souvenirs, and salsa music blares throughout, making it a fun and lively environment.

Located on the outer parts of Ponce, two and a half miles south-southeast of the "downtown" area, La Guancha is on the South coast of Puerto Rico. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Puerto Rico's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, but La Guancha is a little bit further from the crowds, which offers some middle ground to those who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

Amenities and Ambiance

No sand of note lines the shores of La Guancha, just a boardwalk set up along the sea. The boardwalk is comprised of wooden plans, and green-roofed buildings are set behind the walk on the paved area.

There is also a snack bar here. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find La Guancha on the South coast of Puerto Rico; this area boasts other attractions such as Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, which is one of the closest attractions.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museo de Arte de Ponce, a lovely museum found three miles to the northwest, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near La Guancha
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club Golf Course 0.7 mi. NW Puerto Rico
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Casino 0.9 mi. W Puerto Rico
Abolition Monument Monument 2.9 mi. NW Puerto Rico
Museo de Arte de Ponce Museum 3.1 mi. NW Puerto Rico
Centro Historico Historical Site 3.2 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Casa Alcaldia Historical Site 3.2 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Memorial To Don Domingo Historical Site 3.2 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Museum Of Puerto Rican Music Museum 3.3 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Teatro La Perla Dinner Show and Theater 3.3 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Lion Fountain Monument 3.3 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Ponce History Museum Museum 3.3 mi. NNW Puerto Rico
Parque De Bombas Historical Site 3.3 mi. NNW Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting La Guancha who are seeking some additional excitement might want to consider making the trip to Ponce, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Puerto Rico. From the coast, Ponce is a fairly short distance away, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Vacationers will find a decent variety of resorts and hotels to choose from close to the beach. The closest of which are listed in the table below.

Accommodations near La Guancha
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort 0.9 mi. W Resort
Howard Johnson Ponce 2.7 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Meliá 3.2 mi. NNW Hotel
Hotel Belgica 3.3 mi. NW Hotel
Ramada Ponce 3.4 mi. NNW Hotel
Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino 5.4 mi. W Hotel
Quality Inn El Tuque -- -- Hotel


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the closest restaurants is El Bohio Sports and Pool Bar. This restaurant has a menu featuring eclectic cuisine. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near La Guancha
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Bohio Sports and Pool Bar (787) 259-7676 Eclectic Very Casual 0.9 mi. W
La Cava Restaurant (787) 259-7676 Eclectic Informal 0.9 mi. W
La Terraza Restaurant (787) 259-7676 International Informal 0.9 mi. W
Sancho’s Hilton (787) 259-7676 Asian Very Casual 0.9 mi. W
Palacio Imperial (787) 813-0082 -- -- 2.1 mi. NW
Cold Stone Creamery Ponce (787) 290-3400 International Very Casual 2.2 mi. WNW
El Meson Sandwiches Ponce (787) 848-4971 American Very Casual 2.2 mi. NW
Paraiso Criollo (787) 841-0912 -- -- 2.2 mi. NW
Romano's Macaroni Grill Ponce (787) 812-2800 Italian Informal 2.2 mi. NW
Soft & Creamy Ponce (787) 844-0111 -- -- 2.2 mi. NW
Canela Cafe (787) 841-2125 International, Spanish Informal -- --
Ponce Mall Snackbar (787) 840-5750 Snackbar Very Casual 3.2 mi. NW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Puerto Rico, of course, so La Guancha is just one of your options.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, a trip to La Guancha could end up a family favorite.


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