Howard Johnson Ponce PR
Trupo Industrial Park 103, Mercedita, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 00715, Caribbean
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Postcard of La Guancha
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The City Hall Adorned with Christmas Decorations
One More Time
I have visited San Juan and would like to visit Ponce, I will be alone and would like to know the safest places to visit. In addition I am considering re-locating to Puerto Rico I am from Chicago, IL born and raised. I'll be 40 this year no husband/children (my preference) so I can go move at any time!
Re: One More Time
I am wondering where you stayed when you were in San Juan and did you spend any time in OLD San Juan? I'm asking because I think I met (in one day) about 10 men and women from Chicago and New York that moved there in a similar situation as you, and have been there for 10+ years... and I met another 10 or so the next day! I think you would really enjoy it. Not all of them lived in the heart of Old San Juan but there is a lot of culture, variety, and people from the states that reside there. As for Ponce, my bf and I were supposed to spend our last weekend in PR in Ponce and we were told by many people to reconsider. Mostly because they didn't recommend us going without a car, it's too far from the airport (3 1/2 hrs), and there is limited activity and entertainment. I hear it is beautiful and enjoyable as well, however next time we will plan things in a different order. Good luck to you!
Travel Tips for Ponce
Cheap Parking Lot
Well, I thought that parking was miserable if you're trying to see the Historical Center of Ponce. But there's a parking lot that's very inexpensive off Calle de Comercio. It's a one-way street that goes towards the outer streets, Route 14, etc. It's about three blocks from Plaza las Delicias, and is really not a long walk. The rates are $1.00 an hour, I believe, and when you come from a bigger city like New York or Miami, that's pretty cheap; less expensive than a parking meter! Watching tourists circle the place, looking for a place to park on the streets that are filled to the brim with cars, knowing that we have a great place to park, and have known about it for a long time. It's a great place to see. You can see the Historical City in an hour or two, and still have time to go on to another town, like we did this time. You could also go shopping in the malls off Calle las Américas. From Ponce we went to San Germán to see my grandfather's grave.
See the fountain & take a picture!
There is something mesmerizing and relaxing about fountains. I, for one, find them to be a relaxing way to reflect on life & the day's activities, engage in deep profound thought, and/or to plainly disengage from the mentally arduous task of thinking about "what to do next" and "where to go." :-) If you are in Ponce, stop by, enjoy the fountain, and even take a picture of it!
Visit Castillo de Serrallés
Located in El Vigia hill, the Serrallés mansion is a must-see destination in Ponce for its history, its distinctive Spanish Moroccan architecture, and its significance in the area. It was previously owned by a wealthy Puerto Rican sugar cane baron, which was later bought by the municipal government, and subsequently turned into a museum (a rum & sugar museum). You get wonderful views of Ponce from here and a nice breeze.
Enjoy your visit!
Stop by at La Cruz del Vigia
La Cruz del Vigia (Cross of Vigia) is situated in El Vigia hill, thus the name. It is a 100 foot observation tower from where it gives you a wonderful vantage point of Ponce and its surroundings. The views of nearby rolling hills descending into the coast and ending in the Caribbean sea make this tower a particularly great look out spot.
Enjoy your visit to Cruz del Vigia!
Visit La Guancha
La Guancha is the famous beachfront boardwalk of Ponce filled with eateries/restaurants and shops. It is a place to see & be seen in Ponce. The boardwalk is full of life at night with lots of people-watching and mingling going on. It gives off a carnival-like atmosphere with music playing in full blast and people getting ready to be in a party mode. This is a good place to stroll around, get some snacks/food if you haven't eaten yet, and get some nice cold drink/beer if you're in the mood for it. Some of the stall vendors do sell liquor & you can bring it with you as you sit in one of the benches admiring the scene and inhaling the fresh air of the sea.
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Howard Johnson Ponce PR
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Address: Trupo Industrial Park 103, Mercedita, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 00715, Caribbean