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 edge of Puerto Rico. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. La Guancha stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Puerto Rico may be just as refreshing as La Guancha, but are usually more cramped since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

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. If available, you could also order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Museo de Arte de Ponce (situated three miles to the northwest) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view Puerto Rico's traditions and culture.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

La Guancha is near Ponce, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. La Guancha guests hoping to find further attractions might want to think about going to Ponce, because it's not far away and is a particularly busy area of Puerto Rico. From La Guancha, Ponce is a quick trip away, roughly three miles (five kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Visitors will find a fairly good variety of hotels to choose from in the vicinity of the beach. The closest of which can be seen 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 you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far away. El Bohio Sports and Pool Bar is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves eclectic food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.

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

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides La Guancha in Puerto Rico.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, and paying a visit to La Guancha is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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