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

Añasco

A hidden gem on the west coast

Being overshadowed by the surfer-hangout Rincon to the north and college town Mayaguez to the south is a blessing in disguise for the town of Añasco. Its pristine beaches are just as breathtaking as its neighbors but with fewer people around. There are also interesting places to explore that might even be new to locals.

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

Rincon Beach Resort

Whether you're coming for a romantic weekend or spending time with the family, Rincon Beach Resort 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, a sandy bathing beach shared by both Añasco and Rincon. The resort's two restaurants and bar serve Caribbean, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisine, along with creative cocktails.

Añasco Beach and Parque Nacional Tres Hermanos

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 its 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 Indians 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 the "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.

The colorful design of Don Macete restaurant in Anasco

The colorful design of restaurant Don Macete

Don Frappe and Don Maceta

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, and enormous desserts and cakes. The go-kart track is called Somos de Aqui Race Track and the giant track snakes around the parking lot. The zipline is called La Torre del Esbocao and sweeps over the restaurant itself. This is guaranteed to be one of the more unusual (and delicious) places you've ever visited.

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