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Ponce is a city in the Porta Caribe region of Puerto Rico.

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Points of Interest in Ponce

Most of Ponce's sights are tightly packed around the main square of Plaza las Delicias.

  • Parque de Bombas, east side. The former fire station, painted with highly distinctive red and black stripes, and the symbol of the city. The building now houses the tourist office and a free exhibition of the history of fire fighters in Ponce, and is the departure point for the sightseeing train around the city.
  • Casa Alcaldía (City Hall), south side.
  • Catedral de la Guadalupe, west side. Directly behind Parque de Bombas,
  • La Guancha Paseo Tablado. A boardwalk south of downtown, near the harbor.
  • Castillo Serralles
  • Casa de la Masacre de Ponce
  • The Museum of Puerto Rican Music, 70 Christina St,  787-844-9722. Open W-Su 9AM - noon, 1-5:30PM. Free
  • Ponce Museum of Art (787) 840-1510. Is quite impressive. A modern building, that is arguably one of the top and finest museums in Latin America. Covers European art -- most notably "Flaming June", symbol of Ponce -- as well as some Puerto Rican art. The museum hosts many visiting exhibits, as well. Daily 10AM - 6PM Close on Tuesdays. Adults $6, children $3, students $3.
  • La cruceta El Vigia. (Open Th-Su)
  • Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes - Indigenan Park about the Tainos (Puerto Rican Native Americans) Open Daily, close on Mondays. Adults $3

Parque de Bombas

Plaza of Delights (Plaza de las Delicias)

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Museum of the History of Ponce

Museum of Puerto Rico Music

Casa Armstrong-Poventud

Teatro la Perla

Museum of the Ponce Massacre

La Guancha

El Museo Castillo Serralles

El Vigia Hill

Museo de Arte de Ponce

Hacienda Buena Vista

Montaner Stadium

Vicens Coliseum

Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center

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About Ponce

Background

Ponce is the second largest city in Puerto Rico. The city was founded by Ponce de Leon's grandson Juan Ponce de León y Loayza in 1692, but not much seems to have happened since then, and it's far less touristy in character than San Juan. Ponce's draw is its rich history and unique architecture. The atmosphere is charmingly laid-back, a stark contrast to the bustling economic and nightlife districts of San Juan. Even as the island's second largest city, tourists may be shocked or refreshed to find that Ponce's downtown is a single quaint city square with no steady nightlife.

Activities

  • Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island) is an uninhabited island just off the coast where you can visit an abandoned lighthouse, empty stretches of beach and a marked underwater snorkel trail. Ferries leave from the pier, weekends. $4. 787-842-8546
  • "Caribbean Images Tours, La Guancha,Ponce ☎ 787 244-6283. Url=" [1]. 9AM-6PM. 1/2 day guided snorkeling excursions to Caja De Muertos. All snorkel equipment is provided. For the novice and non swimmer, we offer instruction and an actual 'hand holding’ experience, if necessary, as safety and education are our top priorities which in turn makes an enjoyable day for everyone. $55.
  • Hacienda Buena Vista Plantation, is a historic coffee plantation turned into a museum about growing and processing coffee. It is located north of the city of Ponce, along Carretera 123 in the Corral Viejo neighborhood.
  • Hacienda Pomarrosa Plantation. Tours on request, $15/person. Hacienda Pomarrossa is a privately run active specialty coffee plantation in the mountains north of Ponce at the intersection of highway 143 and 511 (note that highway 511 from Ponce is blocked off by a gate roughly 2/3 of the way to Pomarrosa; take highway 143). Owners conduct the tours themselves and speak English, Spanish and German.
  • El Tuque Beach
  • Caribbean Water Sports, La Guancha, Ponce,  787 244-6283. 9AM-6PM. We guide you on an exciting jet ski ride to near by deserted cays and islands. You can snorkel on the beautiful reefs of these cays or tour around them at your own pace. Fast or slow! $80 per hour.

Food

  • King's Cream 787-843-8520. Calle Marina 9322 (opp Parque de Bombas). A Ponce institution dishing out hand-made ice cream in a dozen flavors for two generations. Generously sized portions start from $1.10.
  • Classic Delights Calle Marina, Ssq Comercio Ste 3. If you've had your fill of heavy meat & fish dishes, head over to Classic Delights for some fresh baked breads, veggie wraps, pizzas and lasagna. They offer a full breakfast menu, fresh juices, and salads, soups and sandwiches too.

Drinks

Central Ponce has a number of bars around the main square. Note that many are closed Monday nights and Holidays.

Shopping

  • Centro Comercial Plaza del Caribe
  • Centro del Sur Shopping Center
  • Fox Delicias Mall

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