Paseo Tablado La Guancha

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Paseo Tablado La Guancha
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Paseo Tablado La Guancha
LocationPonce, Puerto Rico
Coordinates17°57′55.3674″N 66°36′52.128″W / 17.965379833°N 66.61448000°W / 17.965379833; -66.61448000Coordinates: 17°57′55.3674″N 66°36′52.128″W / 17.965379833°N 66.61448000°W / 17.965379833; -66.61448000
OwnerPonce Municipal Government
Operating seasonYear-round
Water ridesPaddle boats, Ferries to Caja de Muertos and Isla Cardona, Kayak rentals

The Paseo Tablado La Guancha (English: La Guancha Boardwalk) is a boardwalk in the La Guancha sector of the Playa barrio in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, facing the Caribbean Sea. It was built under the mayoral administration of Rafael Cordero Santiago, Mayor of Ponce from 1989 to 2004, at a cost of 2.6 million dollars,[1] and inaugurated on 23 June 1998.[2] It receives over 750,000 visitors a year.[3]

Bird's eye view of the Boardwalk (center-right) and its surrounding area

Description and amenities[edit]

The Paseo Tablado La Guancha is located in Ponce's sea shore. Built in the 1990s, the boardwalk overlooks the Club Náutico de Ponce and has many restaurants and bars. It also has kiosks which sell food and alcoholic beverages. "It's basically a boardwalk filled with many different local eateries. They mostly sell delicious 'fritters', like what we call 'bacalaitos', or fried cod fish [turnovers]. There are also 'empanadillas', which are basically fried meat- or cheese-filled turnovers. Apart from the food, the boardwalk is a great place to relax and take a light stroll. At one end of the boardwalk there is a lookout tower, giving an elevated view of La Guancha. You can see many big tarpons. These are not the prettiest, and do something really weird with their mouths once in a while. Just outside the boardwalk there are fun playgrounds for kids and a cool arcade. Ponce's beach is very near the boardwalk, you can even walk to it."[4] There is also a marina where visitors can rent pedal boats and kayaks to explore the bay, an open-space stage for social and other similar activities, and an observation tower from where the Cardona Island Lighthouse can be seen. A 45-minute boat ride is also available to Caja de Muertos, a small island that features the 1887 Caja de Muertos Lighthouse and several beaches.


The Paseo Tablado La Guancha is a good place to mingle with local Ponceños. Some visitors simply contemplate the water and relax while catching a cool breeze. During weekends it becomes a very busy place, with lots of live salsa music and large crowds. Except for Mondays and Tuesdays, the boardwalk is usually quite a lively place and great for people-watching.[5]

Recent developments[edit]

In September 2017, the boardwalk was damaged by Hurricane Maria.[6]

On 7 January 2020 La Guancha was damaged and made inoperable by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake so that twenty-four establishments in the area had to shut down their operations.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ponce becomes southern Puerto Rico tourism capitol (sic). Elizabeth Roman. Caribbean Business. 27 June 1991. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  2. ^ Inauguration Date Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  3. ^ Humedad y deterioro: Pasan factura al Tablado La Guancha. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  4. ^ La Guancha's Eateries etc. Accessed 17 July 2009.
  5. ^ Overlooks yacht harbor Archived 2009-06-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  6. ^ Así quedó la Guancha en Ponce tras el paso de María: Aunque los puestos no tuvieron grandes daños, el tablado sí necesitará reparaciones. Sarah Vázquez Pérez. 22 September 2017. Accessed 3 July 2018.
  7. ^ La Guancha queda inoperable luego de los terremotos. Primera Hora. 8 January 2020. Accessed 10 January 2020.
  8. ^ Cierre indefinido en La Guancha en Ponce. Michelle Estrada Torres. Voces del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 8 January 2020. Accessed 11 January 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • Fay Fowlie de Flores. Ponce, Perla del Sur: Una Bibliográfica Anotada. Second Edition. 1997. Ponce, Puerto Rico: Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce. p. 13. Item 65. LCCN 92-75480
  • Nelson Garcia. "Origen del Nombre de La Guancha." La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 23-30 enero 1996. p. 37.