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La Guancha

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La Guancha

Take a stroll down Ponce’s waterfront boardwalk and experience its lively dining scene, local music, playgrounds, boat rides and views out to Isla Caja de Muertos.

Paseo Tablado La Guancha is a boardwalk that hugs the shoreline of Ponce’s dazzling waterfront district, Playa Barrio. Experience life like the Ponceños and revel in the live salsa music, tasty street food and exciting beachside atmosphere. Visit the marina and rent a paddleboat or take advantage of the sweeping sea views from the observation tower.

Wander along the boardwalk and take in the sights. The timber decking is dotted with palm trees and lampposts. See the boats coming and going from the marina, which is sheltered by the narrow Gatas peninsula. On the western end of the boardwalk, you can rent a paddleboat or a kayak and set off on an adventure around the bay. Choose from a charter trip or a public ferry to Caja de Muertos, which can be seen directly offshore from the boardwalk. On the island, check out a 19th-century lighthouse and pretty beaches.

Climb to the upper level of La Guancha’s observation tower and enjoy expansive views across the bay. Walk to the eastern end of the boardwalk to see the tarpon swimming in the shallows. For a fun activity with the kids, visit the nearby Fisherman’s Club to buy small fish for hand feeding the tarpon. Kids will also love the playgrounds and arcade at La Guancha. Explore the sandy stretch of Ponce Beach on the boardwalk’s eastern border. Cool off under a leafy tree or dip your toes in the water.

Be sure to try some of the tasty street food available at the La Guancha vendors. Sample fritters, fried codfish or empañadillas. Grab a beer at one of the waterfront bars or check out the cafés and restaurants. See what’s on at the open-air stage. Live salsa and local music performances regularly occur on weekends.

La Guancha is a 10-minute drive or taxi ride south from the center of Ponce. There is plenty of parking available on site. Visit in the evenings and on weekends to experience the boardwalk at its most lively. Many shops and cafés close on Mondays and Tuesdays. The boardwalk is open year-round for free.

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Caribe Hotel Ponce
Caribe Hotel Ponce
3.5 out of 5
103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce
The price is $120 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Parque de la Ceiba, Museum of the Ponce Massacre, and Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena. Teatro ...
4.1/5Very Good! (948 reviews)
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Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
4.5 out of 5
1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce
The price is $152 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
This Ponce resort is on the beach, 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from La Guancha, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museo de Arte de Ponce and Parque de Bombas. Teatro la Perla and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (960 reviews)
"I like the staff customer service. Thay were always available to help."

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Aloft Ponce
Aloft Ponce
3 out of 5
Street No 2 KM 228.9, Ponce
The price is $165 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Situated in Ponce, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parque de la Ceiba and Museo de Arte de Ponce. Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Teatro la Perla are also ...
3.8/5Good! (80 reviews)
"Great for the whole family"

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Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
Reina Street, Ponce
The price is $104 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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4.5 out of 5
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The price is $152 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
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3 out of 5
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The price is $165 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $120 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $116 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Meliá Century Hotel Ponce
3.5 out of 5
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The price is $135 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Solace by the Sea
3 out of 5
Highway 2 at km 220.1, Ponce
The price is $120 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is $159 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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