The Catholic church overlooking Añasco's town square, Plaza de Recreo José A. Pesante.


A hidden gem on the west coast, Añasco is a town that is ripe for discovery for visitors and locals alike. 

Being overshadowed by the surfer hangout Rincón to the north and college town Mayagüez to the south is a blessing in disguise for the town of Añasco. From its pristine beaches and eclectic attractions to local restaurants-turned-go-kart parks, there's much to see and do in this off-the-beaten-path municipality. 

Things to Do

Añasco Beach and Parque Nacional Tres Hermanos

One of the municipality's most popular beaches is Almirante Beach, which it shares with Rincón. The sandy bathing beach is just steps away from the iconic Rincón Beach Resort. Along with Almirante, Añasco boasts two other beautiful beaches: Añasco Beach and Tres Hermanos National Park. Añasco Beach is secluded, picturesque, and serene. Think white sand, tranquil waves, and a rugged coastline as the backdrop. Just make sure to bring everything you need. Tres Hermanos is very similar, the only difference is that, since it is managed by the National Parks of Puerto Rico, this beach has parking, showers and bathrooms, gazebos, campgrounds, and an area for trailers.

Plaza de Recreo José A. Pesante

Añasco's town square is the second largest on the Island and worth the visit if you're interested in history. The plaza is headed by a lovely Catholic church built in 1919 after the original one was destroyed by an earthquake. Curiously, the square also features a statue portraying the moment when the Taíno people finally decided to test whether the Spanish invaders were actually gods. They drowned a soldier in a river and this event led to the Taíno revolt. It also gave Añasco the nickname the "Town Where Gods Die."

El Salto de la Encantada

This waterfall rushes over slick rocks and is hidden behind dense foliage. There is a boardwalk and picnic benches surrounding it, as well as steps leading down to a natural pool. The name means "enchanted waterfall," and there is a legend surrounding the area: a young Taíno woman named Humata fell in love with a Spanish soldier but he didn't reciprocate her love. She died heartbroken and locals say at midnight you can see the young woman combing her hair by the side of the waterfall.

If you're just passing through Añasco, there are a few quick-stop sites to visit, like the Mirador, a three-story watchtower off PR-115 overlooking the Mona Passage, and the Salcedo iron bridge which crosses the Río Grande de Añasco.

The colorful design of Don Maceta restaurant in Añasco.

The colorful design of the restaurant Don Maceta.

Where to Eat

A small, quaint town, Añasco offers many family-owned restaurants that are worth the stop.

What started out as a cart selling frappes and milkshakes has now expanded into a family entertainment center featuring a restaurant, frappe trailer, go-kart track, and an urban zipline. Everything about this place is over the top. Don Frappe serves extravagant frozen drinks while the restaurant Don Maceta serves extremely generous portions of Puerto Rican dishes like mofongo, grilled meats, and seafood, plus enormous desserts and cakes. The go-kart track, called Somos de Aquí Race Track, snakes around the parking lot, while the zipline (called La Torre del Esbocao) sweeps over the restaurant itself. This is guaranteed to be one of the more unusual (and delicious) places you visit in Puerto Rico.

Other local options include Pelican Beachfront Grill at Rincón Beach ResortMahi Mahi Restaurant & Bar, and D' Coffee Shop

Rincón Beach Resort

Whether you're coming for a romantic weekend or spending time with the family, Rincón Beach Resort, located in Añasco, is the perfect setting for a tropical getaway. This luxurious and spacious hotel offers guestrooms and villas with views of the ocean, garden, or right by the pool. Amenities include an enormous infinity pool and private access to Almirante beach. The resort's two restaurants and bar serve Caribbean, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisine, along with creative cocktails.

Discover Puerto Rico's E-Newsletter

Paradise for Your Inbox

Get travel inspiration, news, tips and more delivered monthly. 

Sponsored Content

Añasco Directory


Show Events Between

Show Deals Valid Between

Currently showing: