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.

Set on the island of Puerto Rico, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. This isn't just another pretty beach, it also has a private beach feel——a unique quailty in a touristy place like Puerto Rico. While Ballena Beach may be a little more trouble to reach, visiting this beach instead of a more crowded one could make your experience less stressful.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

If you find that you favor coasts that provide a relaxing environment, then you may want to try Ballena Beach; it's back within a less urban area of Puerto Rico.

What's Nearby


Ballena Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South West coast of Puerto Rico; this area boasts other attractions such as Cana Gorda State Park, which is a mile and a half away.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Hacienda Buena Vista, which is 16 miles to the northeast.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, 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 in the Guánica area, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Guests visiting Ballena Beach who are seeking additional places to explore might consider heading over to Guánica, because it's close-by and is an area full of activity. From the coast, Guánica isn't far off, about three and a half miles (five and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Though there aren't many places to stay close-by, the ones found nearest to the water are shown 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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is Cafe Migdaly.

Nearby dining options are provided in the following table.

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

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have other options if Ballena Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Manglillos Beach, situated just a cab ride away. Still, if you're searching for something a little more active, you might find that Tamarindo Beach is just right. It's located a half mile to the east-southeast.

You may also want to consider Rosado Beach, which is located within the range of a cab.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Ballena Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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