Welcome to La Jungla
Looking for a calm cove beach while visiting Guánica? Playa La Jungla is a little beach that is mostly visited by locals. Located just north-west of Playa Santa, this little beach is more natural and calm.
Playa Santa is one of the better known beaches in Guánica — it offers a party atmosphere, with a beach bar and water sport rentals. It is a great place. But sometimes you want something a little more natural or a little more laid-back.
Playa La Jungla is surrounded by mangroves, so the water is clear. There is some snorkeling in the area and it is calm, perfect for kayaking.
There is not a ton of sandy beach (maybe 12 feet wide), but it is long — in fact La Jungla is a whole area that has a number of sandy coves, and some little beaches hidden among the mangroves. You kind of just drive along the little dirt road until you find a spot that looks good and has some nearby parking.
Just be careful not to damage the mangroves — the Department of Natural Resources (DRNA) and US Fish & Wildlife Service are working to restore the area.
I hear this area gets very crowded in summer and on weekends and DRNA will limit the number of people if needed. We went during low season, so it was not too crowded.
There is also a mangrove pond across the road from La Jungla that was great for viewing water-fowl.
Getting there is half the fun
In Guánica, take Route 325 to the end (by the large round building). Then to the right of the paved road is an open gate and a dirt “road”. Follow that dirt road until you find the beach.
In some parts of the road, you’ll encounter large, deep, water-filled pot holes — so go slowly and carefully. Also the branches on the road sides may scratch your car (so keep that in mind if you have a rental car).
Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place.
- Playa La Jungla: (17.945251, -66.965321)
- Playa La Jungla, gate: (17.940802, -66.956875)
- Playa Santa, Guanica: (17.936667, -66.954620)
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