Ponce Things to Do

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    European art in the upstairs collection
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    Fountain in Plaza las Delicias
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Ponce Things to Do

  • Stop by to see the airplane design on...

    We stopped by on the freeway twice to see the palm trees planted in a design of a plane. You have to be on a plane to see the whole design of the airplane. But, on the freway, a part of the design can only be seen. It's worth stopping though to rest from our trip and to get out since we didn't have air conditioning on our van. It was hot and humid...

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  • Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

    Built in 1836, the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is another iconic symbol of Ponce. The striking blue-and-white structure also is found in the Plaza de las Delicias and is impossible to miss. Open fluctuating hours and free to visit, the church is remarkable for its stained glass windows and golden alter.

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  • Parque de Bombas

    Found in the Plaza de las Delicias, the Parque de Bombas is Ponce’s most iconic symbol. The bright red-and-black structure houses a small museum containing antique fire equipment, a timeline of historical events, and portraits of famous firefighters. For most people, the highlight is the old fire engine featuring a bell you can ring and siren you...

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  • Plaza de las Delicias

    Ponce’s primary claim to fame is its main square – Plaza de las Delicias. The square is a typical Spanish colonial square, very similar to those found throughout South America, and features a stately cathedral, grand fountain, and famous museum, among other diversions. The many side streets flowing into the square are filled with shops and,...

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  • El Vigia - Awesome views from here

    We drove up the hill to go to the Museo Castillo Serralles, and upon arriving at the top of the hill, came upon the awesome sight known as El Vigia. It is a cross, but for the non-religious, think of it as an observation tower with two decks sticking out on the side. The site of El Vigia is where the Spanish posted lookouts during the early 1800s....

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  • Hacienda Buena Vista

    A visit to the farm today is a journey into the past. It is a “working” coffee plantation, that recaptures rural life in 19th century Puerto Rico. Hacienda Buena Vista is open to groups by prior arrangement on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Friday through Sunday it is open to the general public, but it is a good idea to call a few days before your trip...

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  • Fun + Food in Ponce

    Up until a decade ago, the Ponce's port area was something "ponceños" rather not mention. Cranes, warehouses, old rusty boats... you get the idea!! That changed dramatically with construction of Paseo La Guancha. Situated just across from the Ponce Yacht Club, La Guancha is a wooden broadwalk along the edge of the Caribbean Sea. You can loiter...

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  • Historic Ponce Starting Point

    Every tour of historic Ponce should start at Plaza Las Delicias, historical and physical center of the city. The plaza's origins go back to 1692, when Ponce was founded and named in honor of the Ponce de Leon (Florida's discoverer and 1st governor of Puerto Rico) family. Today, this delightful square has shady grounds and a large fountain. Two...

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  • View from Vigia Hill

    When you visit the large cross or the Castillo Serrales house on Vigia Hill, don't forget to take in the nice view of the city and the sea.

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  • Cruceta Del Vigia (the large cross on...

    This is a large cement structure is now used as a tourist observation tower on Vigia Hill. It was built in the 1980's to commemorate an older wooden cross built in the 1800's where guards used it as a lookout point towards the harbor.For those who want to go up there is an entrance fee, but the view is fine from the grounds of the hill.

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  • Castillo Serralles

    This house is owned by the Serralles family - the original producers of DonQ rum. It is said to be one of the most beutiful houses on the island that is open to the public and is a fine example of Spanish revival architecture.For those who want to see the inside and the surrounding gardens there is an entrance fee (I think it's $3).

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  • Parque de Bombas

    Parque de Bombas is a red and black wooden firehouse and is about a century old. This museum / monument is free to the public.

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  • Cathedral de Nuestra Senora de la...

    This is one of the largest structure in Ponce. Inside is pretty plain but the stained glass windows near the ceiling is worth a look.

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  • Ponce has several museums,...

    Ponce has several museums, including Museo de Arte de Ponce, Museo de la Arquitectura Ponceña, Museo de la Historia de Ponce and Parque de Bombas. Parque de Bombas is a restored wooden firehouse from the turn of the last century.

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  • Visit Castillo Serralles,is...

    Visit Castillo Serralles,is located at El Vigia and from there you have the city at your feet, because you can see the whole city. Visit the museum of arts, Baños de Coamo,is famous for the natural therapeutic waters, they are naturally hot and heals differents conditions, go fishing and beach all year long.For example:Baños de Coamo, has this...

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  • Ponce Museum of Art: Designed...

    Ponce Museum of Art: Designed by Edward Durrel Stone (Musum of Modern Art, NY) is the only museum of stature, located on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. The Museum was donated by a foundation established by Luis A. Ferre (Governor 968-72). The museum contains one of the most important pre-Raphaelite collections in the western hemishphere.Houses...

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