Ballena Beach

Due to its representation of biodiversity, Ballena Beach is a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve. Instead of visiting this beach to swim and frolic in the sea, most vacationers head this way to view the beautiful isolated surroundings that is known for being prime nesting grounds for many species of bird, turtles, and toads.

Positioned on the southwestern side of the island of Puerto Rico, You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. This beach is not just a pleasant attraction, it's special in that it's one of the few quiet beaches in Puerto Rico. While Ballena Beach may be a little harder to reach, it permits unparalleled relaxation opportunities.

How to Access The Beach

Access is available off PR-333.

Amenities and Ambiance

The Caribbean Sea laps ashore in a deep blue hue, touching upon the soft white sands. Throughout the protected beach area, visitors can view blue lagoons surrounded by cacti and coconut palms, mangrove forest, and perhaps even a manatee or two.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available. Fortunately, the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

Ballena Beach brings guests a calm and relaxing getaway, as the surrounding region is away from most urbanization.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Ballena Beach is on the South West coast of Puerto Rico; it's located near attractions like Cana Gorda State Park, which is pretty close, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Museo Historico de Las Piedras. This museum is located within cab range, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Ballena Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cana Gorda State Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.5 SW Puerto Rico
Guanica Lighthouse Lighthouse 3.1 W Puerto Rico
Best Western Pichi's Casino Casino 6.5 NE Puerto Rico
La Parguera Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.0 W Puerto Rico
Estadio Luis Tite Arroyo Sporting Event Venue 11.2 NE Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

Ballena Beach is close to Guánica, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. Those visiting Ballena Beach who are hoping to find other interesting places to see will want to consider checking out Guánica, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of Puerto Rico. From Ballena Beach, Guánica is just up the road, maybe three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

While there aren't many hotels nearby, the ones found nearest to the water are listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Ballena Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Copamarina Beach Resort 1.6 mi. W Resort
Parador Guanica 1929 4.8 mi. W Hotel
Pichi's Hotel & Convention Center -- -- Hotel


If during your visit you start getting hungry, this beach has you covered, and you won't have to look too far away. Cafe Migdaly is one of the closest eateries.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Ballena Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cafe Migdaly (787) 821-5601 -- -- -- --
Cana Gorda Cafe Tropical (787) 821-3919 -- -- -- --
Naz Cocktail (787) 821-7318 -- -- -- --
Pizzeria Caa+-O'S & Chicken (787) 821-2524 Italian -- -- --
San Jacinto Restaurant (787) 821-4941 -- -- -- --
Sandwichera Ianrelis (787) 821-1751 -- -- -- --
Semiday Beach Apartments (787) 821-2237 -- -- -- --
Martin's BBQ Yauco (787) 856-5551 Caribbean Very Casual 4.7 mi. N
Armandos Cafe (787) 267-4584 -- -- 4.7 mi. N
McDonald's Yauco -- American Very Casual 4.8 mi. N
El Meson Sandwiches Yauco (787) 267-4242 American Very Casual 4.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Ballena Beach in Puerto Rico.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Manglillos Beach, found only a cab ride away from the coast. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Tamarindo Beach offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. It's located a half mile to the east-southeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Rosado Beach, which is located just a cab ride away.

Puerto Rico has so much to offer, and dropping by Ballena Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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