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 toward the outskirts 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 dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. La Guancha is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's the ideal location for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Most other beaches in Puerto Rico may have the same pleasing, tropical setting as La Guancha, but tend to be busier since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

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 concession stand available. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find La Guancha on the South coast of Puerto Rico. It is close to Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, which is one of a number of attractions in the region.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Centro Historico, which is a quick taxi trip away.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

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

Those visiting La Guancha who are seeking other opportunities for exploration might think about making the trip to Ponce, since it's nearby and is an especially active area of Puerto Rico. From the beach, Ponce is just up the road, maybe three miles (five kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at La Guancha will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within driving distance. A list of the closest options can be viewed in the list 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
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino 3.4 mi. NNW Hotel
Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino 5.4 mi. W Hotel
Quality Inn El Tuque -- -- Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the nearest restaurants is El Bohio Sports and Pool Bar. This restaurant serves delicious eclectic food. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options 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

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach in Puerto Rico will have lots of options besides La Guancha.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer its visitors, but La Guancha is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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