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 coast of Puerto Rico. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Though Playa de Ponce is certainly not known for being empty and quiet, it's also not overwhelmed by crowds, as many of the other beaches in Puerto Rico are. So while this isn't the most isolated or intimate part of the coast, it's a good alternative to beaches in urban areas, where the noise of crowds and traffic can kill a romantic mood.

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.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You may also have the option to purchase food from one of the mobile 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're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. 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 is close to Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino, which is seen two miles to the east-southeast, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Museo de Arte de Ponce (located two miles away) offer a fun learning experience and help visitors understand Puerto Rico's interesting past.

If you can't wait to see as many of Puerto Rico's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

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 close to Ponce, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Guests visiting Playa de Ponce who are hoping to find other interesting places to see might think about heading to Ponce, because it's nearby and is an active, busy area. From Playa de Ponce, Ponce is not far away, maybe two miles (three kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Visitors will find a good range of lodging options to choose from in the vicinity of the beach. The most accessible of which have been listed in the table that follows.

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


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Cold Stone Creamery Ponce. This restaurant offers a menu of International food. They also specialize in ice cream. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Puerto Rico, and Playa de Ponce is just one option.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa de Ponce is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider checking out Ponce Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it a mile and a half to the west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Bainairo Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors.

Another location you may want to try is La Guancha, which is located two and a half miles to the east-southeast.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Playa de Ponce is just one of the many options.


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