Ponce Things to Do

  • The Cathedral in the Town Square
    The Cathedral in the Town Square
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    Fuente de Juan Ponce de León

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Fuente de Juan Ponce de Le��n

    A really beautiful fountain when it's on, it's nice to just sit on a park bench and watch it and the birds. It's a great place to do people-watching while eating your gelatto and reading a book. This fountain was dedicated to the man the city is named for: Juan Ponce de León.

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    La Catedral de la Nuestra Guadelupe

    by XanderDone Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    Catedral de Guadelupe

    Construction of this church began in 1670, but it was definately less intricate and more rustic. The catherdal you see today was a part of a design that began to be constructed in 1835, and finished in 1839. However, it was destroyed during the earthquake in 1918, but rebuilt in 1924. Now with an amazing interior and façade, the cathedral is certainly a sight to see. It's still used today, and the day we were there, there was a funeral taking place, so we didn't dare go inside. So take that into consideration. They keep the doors open during the day, so just look inside and if there's something going on in there, please be polite and respect the services.

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    Casa de las Cariátides

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Casa de las Cari��tides

    A perfect example of Ponceño arquitecture, it was built in 1900 as a mansion for a very important Ponceño man. Now it's used as the Regional Office of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, and it's the place to go if you want to know if something festive is going to happen soon in Ponce.

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    Must-do: Eat an Ice Cream at King's Cream

    by gdilieto Updated Jan 13, 2009

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    King's Cream Ice Creamery

    This is the best helado de fruta topical (tropical fruit ice cream) I have ever had in the whole Americas. Yes indeed, in the whole Americas, need any more reasons to make a stop? Across the street the Historical Firehouse, don't need an address, the people standing in line on the sidewalk will guide you there.

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    Visit El Vigia hill

    by risse73 Written Aug 12, 2009

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    Somewhere in El Vigia hill with views of Ponce

    A visit to El Vigia hill is a must when in Ponce. This is one of the highest hills around, so the views of Ponce from here are stunning! Not only is it just a hill with picturesque views, but it is also home to famous points of interest: the Castillo de Seralles, the Cruz del Vigia, and wonderful gardens. Although this area is a tourist magnet, somehow it maintains a quaint & less tourist"y" appeal.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    Visit the Japanese Garden

    by risse73 Written Aug 12, 2009

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    Jardines Japones in Ponce

    The Japanese Garden is close to the Castillo Seralles and located in El Vigia hill where you get sweeping views of Ponce. It is a lush and tranquil place in a fantastic location. There are some tourists, but it hardly appears crowded. Not only do you get wonderful views from here, but also a relaxing atmosphere conducive to reflection and meditation.

    Enjoy your visit!

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    Visit Parque de Bombas

    by risse73 Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    Parque de Bombas of Ponce

    The historical Parque de Bombas of Ponce served as its official firehouse for many years. It was later transformed as a museum in dedication to the city's firemen. The building is visually captivating with its unique architectural design, and its brightly colored painting of red & black. Definitely give this historical gem a visit if you are ever in town.

    Enjoy!

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    Visit the Cathedral in Ponce

    by risse73 Written Aug 12, 2009

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    Nuestra Se��ora de la Guadalupe Cathedral

    The cathedral is an ornate and grand structure located in the heart of Ponce. The area around it is abuzz with activities typical of city environments, and filled with local color and flavor. There are shops and eateries around, and people passing by. The cathedral is in a central area, but the "small town" feel is quite palpable. If you have time and the will for it, do stop by inside and reflect on the day's journey or say a little prayer of thanks.

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    Plaza las Delicias

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Plaza las Delicias

    In English: Plaza of Delights. This is where everything is. A block out of the plaza, almost everything still needs to be renovated, but inside the plaza, it looks like it would have in the early 20th century, and it's very enchanting. Almost everything worth seeing sight-seeing wise is here or a block or two away. In the picture are the fountains of the lions and a statue dedicated to Luís Muñoz Rivera, and on the southern side is a statue dedicated to Federico Degetau.

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    Visit Castillo de Serrallés

    by risse73 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    Castillo de Serrall��s

    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!

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    Visit La Guancha

    by risse73 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    Postcard of 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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    Nice-to-do: The Beaches near Guánica

    by gdilieto Updated Jan 15, 2009

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    The Beach at Gu��nica
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    The friendly concierge of my hotel in Ponce recommended me the beaches near the town of Guánica for spending few hours at the beach. With exception of Playa Caña Gorda, a developed public beach with lifeguards and few basic facilities (do not expect too much), all other beaches that I saw are undeveloped and isolated.

    All those beaches are at easy access through the coastal highway. The surfer guys in one of the photos attached, told me there are few more picturesque beaches outside the beaten track but it takes a 4WD vehicle to access them.

    If you like quite beaches, you can come here for few hours of relax and choose the one that inspire you most. Expect windy weather.

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    ..Of Course, Parque de Bombas

    by XanderDone Written Jun 10, 2005

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    Inside the Parque de Bombas

    Everything you see about Ponce anywhere you go will have a picture of the domineering façade of the Parque de Bombas. Originally built in the 1860s by the Ponceño population after most of the city was killed in a major fire that raged out of control. Later remodeled in 1883, the firehouse finally got funding from the Ponceño government. Now permanently closed, but open to the public to browse inside and look around. Be sure to talk to the man at the table on the left-hand side. He knows a lot more information about the firehouse than I can remember. He also has great reccomendations about the places you should go to in the city if you have time to see the rest of it.

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    City Center Walks

    by HAROLD_PR Written Aug 18, 2004

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    You must definitely take a walk around the city center of Ponce. You will see the beautiful houses in the “colonial” style. Most of them were owned by affluent families that came to Ponce when the Spanish Government, to stimulate commerce, offered free land for the wealthy to administer. Many used their money to build the houses that are kept like monuments today

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    See the fountain & take a picture!

    by risse73 Written Aug 12, 2009

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    Fountain in Ponce

    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!

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