Look Through the Window at Punta Ventana

Post Maria- The path is clear to get to the beach and ventana. Enjoy!

Punta Ventana

Nature is spectacular! This was another place that has been on my list of “must visit” places for a while, and we finally got there … and I kick myself for not going sooner.

Punta Ventana is a natural rock “eye” that very few people get to see. It is in an out-of-the-way place, and not visible from any road. But, with the right planning, it is not too difficult to get to — and well worth the effort.

The Punta Ventana rock formation is in the south western part of Puerto Rico, along the coastline in Guayanilla, and adjacent to the Guánica State Forest & Bioshpere Reserve (Bosque Estatal de Guánica). It is a beautiful place, and even though it is on the coast, it is still hot and dry.

Punta Ventana

The beach there is generally covered with floating debris. The water looked rough — so not great for swimming — though there was a small area with a natural barrier that appeared to offer some protection from the waves.

The reason to go here is not the beach, but the rock formation that is amazing, and offers great photo opportunities.

Our Visit

The primary access to Punta Ventana is through a private mango farm. We knew they allowed people to walk or bike from the gate down their road to the beach. So when we arrived one sunny Saturday, we parked our car so as not to block any of the entrances, walked through the gate, and talked with the guard.

Punta Ventana

There is a guard there 24/7. He told us that “sometimes”, on weekends, if they are not working, “some” of the guards “may” allow people to drive down to the beach. Luckily for us, this was one of those days! So we gladly signed in, hopped back in the car, and drove down.

The road to the beach is about 2 miles, and in full sun. We were prepared to hike to the beach, so this turn of events made us very happy!

The road to the beach is straight, flat, and right down the middle of the mango fields. It is in decent shape in the farming area. As it approaches the beach, the farm road veers to the left, but you need to continue straight to get to the beach. Once you get off of the “farm” part of the road, it is pot-holed and muddy in spots, but passable.

Punta Ventana

When you get to the beach, you can’t help but be drawn to the outcropping. We went in the afternoon, so the sun wasn’t in the best location for photos. Note — get there before 1pm or so to get best pictures of the window from the beach.

After taking a load of pictures from the beach, we went for a little hike up to the top of the arch, and walked westward. There is a little path you can follow from the beach. It is sharp rock, so you need good footwear for this hike up.

Punta Ventana

We found, once on top, you really don’t get a great view of the window, no matter how far you walk to the west. But this was a neat area to walk around. There are lots of cliffs that are typical of the southwest region of the island.

An alternate way to get to this arch is to approach it from the west. You can take the Meseta Trail, starting at Playa Tamarindo in Guánica. That walk, also in the full sun, is just under 3 miles one way. But the views along that trail are breathtaking all on their own, so it might be worth the extra effort.

If you have access to a mountain bike, a bike ride through the mango farm, or along the Meseta Trail, would probably be great!

Punta Ventana

Details

You can access the area during daylight hours. Make sure to allow enough time to get back before sunset. If the guard allows you to drive in, make sure you find out what time he will be leaving — you want avoid a hassle by having the same guard be there when you drive out since not all of the guards will let you drive in to begin with.

This is in the full sun. It is hot and dry. Take ample drinking water, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy-soled shoes.

This excursion, if hiking, would probably be close to a full-day. You need to allow time to walk at least 4 miles round-trip, in the full sun. Plus whatever amount of time you want to spend exploring the area around the arch.

From Route 2 in Yauco, take Road 3334 to Road 335. Continue south/east on Road 335 until you get to the gate for the “Tropical Fruit” mango farm (they have a sign). Alternately, if you start in the town of Guayanilla, take Road 335 from the center of town until you get to the mango farm.

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Very interesting read! My family is from Guayanilla and I remember many days spent there throughout my life. Seeing the road through the mango's brought back many memories. My uncle Julio Irizarry used to run the mango farm for the owner and may in fact still be there working. It makes me glad to see that there are people out there enjoying playa Ventanas and a little sad to read that it is full of trash. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Comment by Jose Irizarry on 02 Feb 2016

We don't know about the history of the house, didn't see any house on the farm. We did see an old mill chimney on the mango farm. But it was off the area the guard said we could use, so we only did a quick look. We went to see the beautiful natural view.

Comment by Gwenn on 23 Jan 2016

Always talking about Ventana Beach, but never about the old house in this farm that in some time ago the owner was Arturo Lluberas. Let the people know about the history of that house.

Comment by Luis E. (Wiso) Catala on 22 Jan 2016

Great- thanks for letting us know!

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Jan 2016

Hi Gwenn First of all thank you for your website! It is clearly the best resource one can use regarding hiking in Puerto-Rico. I confirm that it is possible to reach the beach East of Punta Ventana (so you see the hole in all its splendor) via the Meseta trail (or its extension as I am unclear where the trail proper ends)l. I have done it two weeks ago with my teenage son but it was hot, and in my opinion not easy. It took us about four hours round-trip including a short break at the beach (starting at the parking at the end of PR-333) . We had good shoes, hats, and carried about a gallon of water each (and we drank about 3/4 of it). The first 2/3 of the trail starting at the end of PR-333 are not too bad and I suppose could be done on a mountain bike. But then the trails gets narrower and goes up to some cliffs somewhat dangerously close to the edge in my opinion. At the very end getting down from the cliffs to reach the beach is more rock-climbing than hiking and definitively would not be possible on a bike. Note that towards the end we relied on finding short piles of stones to figure out where to go as the trail path is not obvious. I am not sure that the purpose of those piles is indeed to guide the hikers but that took us to our destination and back. The view was magnificent although the beaches are full of trash. I absolutely recommend the trail but only to people prepared for it. Sincerely, Gabriel

Comment by Gabriel A on 13 Jan 2016

I don't know why people insist that Ventana is in Yauco, it is in Guayanilla and so is Tamarindo. Yauco does have a shore and is the shortest in PR. It's only 1,500 meters. Take a look at the map that is in the post. Also you can look for the information online or go to the Dry Forest Guest Center. They will tell you everything. Plus Venta is isnside the forest boundaries. The only way you can get to Yauco's beach is through Guánica. Also it's the only way to get to Playa Tamarindo (using a car). Unless you want to do some hiking, if that is your option, la Meseta Trail is your choice.

Comment by Xiomara Luccas on 28 Nov 2015

Google maps shows the town borders and it is shows Punta Ventana is in Guayanilla. Unless Google maps is wrong. It does have part of the Meseta Trail runs along the Yauco coast.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jul 2015

Ventana is in Yauco. I do not understand why the insistance of trying to keep Yauco without beaches when we have coastline. Otherwise, helpful info.

Comment by K on 06 Jul 2015

Gwenn...I love this..Thank you for touring the island.....great help for visitors.. see you soon Chris

Comment by chris on 02 Sep 2013

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