The best beaches in Puerto Rico – Caña Gorda

The south coast of Puerto Rico offers visitors the tranquil, emerald green waters of the Caribbean Sea. They differ from the blue Atlantic waters in that they are much more calm, and the southern coast is drier than the north coast. Many southern towns are sleepy fishing villages that offer some of the freshest seafood found anywhere on the Island.

Located west of Ponce on the south coast, Guánica is a town whose life is intrinsically tied to the ocean. Many Islanders have summer homes in the area, and it is one of the few places where houseboats are a common sight. Guánica’s Caña Gorda Public Beach is a favorite among local families who like calm, tranquil waters that are safe for children and senior citizens alike.

The best beaches in Puerto Rico   Caña Gorda

Long thought to be the landing place of Christopher Columbus, nearby Guánica Bay is a spectacular harbor with a narrow entrance wedged between high, rocky promontories on either side. Farther west, you can drive up to Ensenada, where you’ll find the remnants of the magnificent Guánica Sugar Cane Central, once the largest sugar mill in Puerto Rico.

The best beaches in Puerto Rico   Caña Gorda

For those who wish to satisfy their palate as well as their beach-loving side, Guánica offers visitors some of the best seafood made to order. Enjoy a steaming spiny lobster before taking a dip in the majestic green waters of the Caribbean, or simply take in the sun as you munch on a land crab fritter, a local specialty.

The best beaches in Puerto Rico   Caña Gorda

How to Get There

From San Juan, take Highway. 52 to Ponce, West on Road 2 and South on Route 116 to Guánica. Follow Route 333 to Cana Gorda.