Playa de Ponce

Playa de Ponce is located on the outskirts of Puerto Rico's second-largest city, Ponce. The smooth Caribbean waters here are good for just about any water sport you could want to partake in; it is also a fantastic place to just swim and relax on the warm beach.

Located a mile and a half south-southwest of downtown Ponce, Playa de Ponce is on the South West edge of Puerto Rico. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. While you wouldn't necessarily call Playa de Ponce quiet, you'll probably run into fewer crowds than at most other beaches in Puerto Rico. So although you probably won't have the place all to yourself, less traffic at this beach means you'll encounter a lot less people along your romantic walk.

How to Access The Beach
Playa de Ponce is located along Cil Principal.

Amenities and Ambiance

On the southern coast of Puerto Rico, Playa de Ponce is situated along the Caribbean where the water is calm and gentle. The sand is tan while the water is a deep aquamarine, and trees dot the shore.

There is also a snack bar here. You may also have the option to try local specialties from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Play de Ponce is less crowded than other beaches in the area, making it an ideal spot for travelers seeking respite from the tourist crowds.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South West coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you want to combine a little culture with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Museo de Arte de Ponce, a lovely museum found two miles away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa de Ponce
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Casino 1.9 mi. ESE Puerto Rico
Abolition Monument Monument 1.9 mi. NE Puerto Rico
Museo de Arte de Ponce Museum 2.1 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Centro Historico Historical Site 2.1 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Casa Alcaldia Historical Site 2.2 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club Golf Course 2.2 mi. E Puerto Rico
Lion Fountain Monument 2.2 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Parque De Bombas Historical Site 2.2 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Statue Of Munoz Rivera Monument 2.2 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Memorial To Don Domingo Historical Site 2.3 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Teatro La Perla Dinner Show and Theater 2.3 mi. NNE Puerto Rico
Ponce History Museum Museum 2.3 mi. NNE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Playa de Ponce is near Ponce, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Playa de Ponce visitors hoping to find other opportunities for exploration should consider going to Ponce, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of Puerto Rico. From Playa de Ponce, Ponce is not far away, about two miles (three kilometers).


How many other people you encounter at Playa de Ponce will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Beach-goers will find a fairly good variety of resort and hotel options to pick from in the vicinity of Playa de Ponce. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Playa de Ponce
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort 1.9 mi. ESE Resort
Hotel Belgica 2.1 mi. NNE Hotel
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino 2.3 mi. NNE Hotel
Hotel Meliá 2.3 mi. NNE Hotel
Holiday Inn Ponce & Tropical Casino 2.8 mi. W Hotel
Quality Inn El Tuque -- -- Hotel
Howard Johnson Ponce 3.8 mi. ENE Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Puerto Rico's specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is Cold Stone Creamery Ponce. The restaurant features International cuisine. They are also known for their ice cream. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Playa de Ponce
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cold Stone Creamery Ponce (787) 290-3400 International Very Casual 0.6 mi. E
Popeye's Ponce Mall (787) 978-2444 American Very Casual 1.0 mi. N
Subway Ponce Mall (787) 385-5119 American Very Casual 1.0 mi. N
Ponce Mall Snackbar (787) 840-5750 Snackbar Very Casual 1.0 mi. N
La Pagoda Cream (787) 844-4030 Chinese, Creole -- 1.0 mi. N
Pizzeria Hot Bite (787) 290-3322 Italian -- 1.0 mi. N
Ponce Internet Cafe -- -- -- 1.0 mi. N
El Meson Sandwiches Ponce (787) 848-4971 American Very Casual 1.3 mi. NE
Paraiso Criollo (787) 841-0912 -- -- 1.3 mi. NE
Romano's Macaroni Grill Ponce (787) 812-2800 Italian Informal 1.3 mi. NE
Soft & Creamy Ponce (787) 844-0111 -- -- 1.3 mi. NE
La Ceiba (787) 970-0668 Eclectic Informal -- --

Other Beaches

Puerto Rico has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also like Ponce Beach, which is home to plenty of activity. You'll find it a mile and a half to the west. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Bainairo Beach is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is La Guancha, which is located within a short distance.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Puerto Rico, so visiting Playa de Ponce is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.


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