7 Best Beaches In Ponce (2024) – All You Need To Know

Ponce is one of Puerto Rico’s top tourist spots.

This historic city has colorful festivals, amazing food, and great beaches!

I grew up visiting the boardwalks and beaches in this family-friendly area.

In this article, I will cover the 7 best beaches in Ponce, Puerto Rico:


1. Caja De Muertos

This is the number one beach to visit when you go to Ponce. 

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Caja De Muertos beach has clear, calm waters and white sands.

It’s technically an island, reached by taxi boat, or rented kayak. 

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The island is only accessible by boat, making it feel like you are visiting a private island.

Fun fact: The island’s name comes from the coffin-like shape! 

Check out our article 6 Best Tours & Excursions In Ponce for more information.


2. La Guancha

This beach is perfect for suntanning and relaxing.

Watch out for sharp rocks and sea urchins in the water; swimming isn’t recommended here.

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La Guancha boardwalk is lined with food kiosks to enjoy while you lounge at the beach.

The boardwalk has restaurants, bars, live music, and lots of sea life! 

You can even buy bait to feed the pelicans and tarpons that live nearby.

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This destination is mentioned in our article 25 Best Things To Do In Ponce.


3. El Tuque

El Tuque is one of the most family-friendly beaches in Ponce.

The beach is wide and calm so that children can swim safely.

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El Tuque beach is a great place to bring your family for a beach day in Ponce.

There are also hotels, pools, restaurants, and nightlife nearby! 

For the best places to stay, read our article Where To Stay In Ponce – All You Need To Know.


4. Isla Cardona

This island is an amazing place for snorkeling.

Different tour companies offer boat rides and snorkeling tours along the shore.

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If you like hiking, Isla Cardona also has walking paths with amazing views.


5. The Hilton’s Beach

All beaches in Puerto Rico are public.

This means you can enjoy the beach behind the Ponce Hilton Resort without a hotel reservation.

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The Hilton in Ponce offers public use of their facilities and beaches.

Tip: The hotel’s restaurant and restrooms are open to the public, so this is a good spot if you have little ones.


6. Isla de Ratones

This small island can be reached through different southwestern ports, including Ponce.

You can reach it by boat taxis and kayaks, both available in town.

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This island is a great place to observe wildlife and relax.


7. Ponce Playa

This spot is a neighborhood in the town of Ponce.

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Ponce Playa is located close to all of the activities and dining in Ponce.

All of the coast is a swimmable beach, making it a popular spot for locals. 

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Enjoy the sunset from Ponce Beach, then check out the area’s nightlife.

Because it’s so close to the town center, you can stay late and enjoy the sunset right on the water.


FAQ section

Does Ponce Puerto Rico have nice beaches?

Ponce has great beaches! There’s not a huge variety, but the nearby islands are some of the best Puerto Rico has to offer.

Can you swim in Ponce Puerto Rico?

Yes! You can swim or at least splash around every beach on this list. Always practice safety and keep an eye on children!


Final thoughts

Ponce is a beautiful area of Puerto Rico. 

You can find some of the best beaches here. 

My favorite beaches in Ponce are Caja De Muertos and La Guancha.

If you are looking for more beaches, then check out our article 30 Best Beaches In Puerto Rico

Also, you may like our article 25 Best Things To Do In Ponce

7 Best Beaches In Ponce (2024) – All You Need To Know
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Adriana Mercado

Writer at PuertoRico.com. I am a writer, editor, and freelancer. I was born and raised in San Germán, Puerto Rico, where I experienced the best landscapes, local eateries, and shops the region has to offer. Sharing the rich culture and history of Puerto Rico’s Southwest gives me the perfect reason to keep exploring!

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