Maunabo Beach

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Nestled between the mountains of southeast Puerto Rico is a sleepy little town known as Maunabo. Within this town there are three beaches: Faro Punta Tuna, Playa Faro, and Los Bohios. Although the strength of the waves vary by location and by day, this part of the island does see some of the strongest surf. Faro Punta Tuna in particular is not recommended from swimming, while the other beaches vary by day. Experienced surfers will especially love this section of coast.

Located toward the center of Emajagua, 1.5 miles east of Maunabo, Maunabo Beach is on the South East edge of Puerto Rico. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. The area surrounding the beach is not overly congested, however, the beach itself has plenty of appeal.

How to Access The Beach
From San Juan, take Route 52 to Ponce, then Route 53 to Maunabo. From there, Road 760 will take you to the coast. Once you have found your beach of choice, you will have to park along the road and take the sandy footpath to the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beaches of Maunabo Beach enjoy soft, golden colored sand and aquamarine waters. Some notable landmarks at each beach include the Punta Tuna Lighthouse at Faro Punta Tuna, the marshes at Playa Faro, and a seafood restaurant at Los Bohios.

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.

Maunabo Beach offers visitors an angelic and relaxing place to escape, especially since the region surrounding the beach contains little build-up and is free of urbanization.

What's Nearby


Maunabo Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the South East coast of Puerto Rico. Nearby you'll find accommodations like Parador Costa Del Mar, which is found three and a half miles away, and is one of the closest hotels reachable from Maunabo Beach, despite the lack of additional attractions you can drive to.

Cities and Towns

Maunabo Beach is very close to Palmas Del Mar, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. The nearby town of Palmas Del Mar is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Maunabo Beach, Palmas Del Mar is a little ways off, maybe seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Maunabo Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There are not many major hotels nearby, but it's often visited by guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Though you'll find very few hotels within a several miles, the ones found closest to the shore have been listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Maunabo Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Parador Costa Del Mar 3.4 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel Parador Palmas de Lucia 3.6 mi. NE Hotel


If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from the sea. El Trailer Rojo is one of the closest eateries.

The table below lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Maunabo Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Trailer Rojo (787) 637-7334 -- -- -- --
La Cueva Del Juey (787) 861-2112 Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Pizzeraa Mi Sueno (787) 861-5634 Italian -- -- --
Rico City (787) 861-3939 -- -- -- --
Barberaa Los Amigos (787) 893-2285 -- -- -- --
Barberaa Pai (787) 893-1261 -- -- -- --
Cafe Olores De Mi Puerto Rico (787) 210-8197 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa 7 Potencias (787) 266-6735 -- -- -- --
Cafeteraa Decimo Inning (787) 893-3236 -- -- -- --
Cristian's Cafe (787) 266-0377 -- -- -- --
Doredmar (787) 893-3837 -- -- -- --
El Nuevo Horizonte (787) 893-5492 Creole Very Casual -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches in Puerto Rico, and Maunabo Beach is just one option.

Another location you may want to try is Emajagua Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Maybe Maunabo Beach is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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