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Plaza of Delights

Ponce’s plaza of delights is true to its name, with heritage architecture, glinting fountains, tree-lined arcades and the scent of freshly baked pastries in the air.

Spend some time in Ponce’s Plaza of Delights (Plaza las Delicias) and the city will show you its heart. Landmark colonial architecture dominates the city’s main square, while leafy Indian laurel trees and pretty gardens provide a feeling of serenity. Take a break from the bustle of downtown Ponce and enjoy people-watching in the city’s favorite meeting place. The plaza is split into two halves, Luis Muñoz Rivera Plaza to the north and Frederico Degetau Plaza to the south.

A great first stop in the plaza is the Parque de Bombas. This 19th-century former fire station is painted an eye-catching red and black. Admire its ornate architecture and then step inside to find Ponce’s visitor center. Find out what’s happening during your visit to the city.

Next door, you’ll see the monumental white-and-gray façade of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A religious building has stood on this site for nearly 300 years. Check out the neoclassical flourishes in the cathedral’s Gothic foundations and survey the interior to appreciate its light-filled nave and beautiful stained-glass windows.

Frederico Degetau Plaza is dominated by the Fuente de los Leones. This gorgeous fountain featured in the 1939 World Fair in New York before reaching its home in downtown Ponce. Check out the fountain’s beautifully carved lion sculptures and brightly colored base. Stroll to the northern plaza to see a statue of the Puerto Rican poet and politician Luis Muñoz Rivera, as well as two smaller fountains. After the sun sets, you might see local bands playing in the spacious plaza.

Some of Ponce’s premier attractions can be found on the surrounding streets. Check out the Teatro la Perla, Museo de la Historia de Ponce and the Museo de la Musica Puertorriguena. There are several cafés and restaurants located nearby, as well as panaderías with tempting freshly baked treats. Cultural festivities and religious processions are held in the square throughout the year. Check with the visitor center for more information.

The Plaza of Delights is located in the center of historic Ponce. It is easy to reach on foot, as well as by car, taxi and public bus. The plaza is free to visit year-round.

Give yourself loads of time at Plaza of Delights. Below are the best activities:

Taken you years to experience this renowned attraction? Then you mustn't head back home without trying out a Ponce Historical City Tour.

If you're chasing more options, have a look at our Ponce things to do page.


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Caribe Hotel Ponce
Caribe Hotel Ponce

Caribe Hotel Ponce

103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Parque de la Ceiba and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Parque de Bombas. Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort $161
    Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

    Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

    1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Ponce resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from La Guancha and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cardona Island Light. Parque de la Ceiba and Parque de Bombas are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino $101
      Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

      Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

      Reina Street, Ponce
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Ponce Centro, this spa hotel is steps from Casa Armstrong-Poventud, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Parque de Bombas. Ponce History Museum and Teatro la Perla are also within 10 minutes.

        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce $99
        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

        #75 Calle Cristina, Ponce
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ponce Centro, this hotel is steps from Museum of the History of Ponce and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

          Boutique Hotel Belgica $95
          Boutique Hotel Belgica

          Boutique Hotel Belgica

          122 Calle Villa, Ponce, Ponce
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ponce Centro, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

            Waterfront Sunset Chalet $120
            Waterfront Sunset Chalet

            Waterfront Sunset Chalet

            Sector Las Cucharas 3702, Ponce
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

              Chandelier 301 $62
              Chandelier 301

              Chandelier 301

              Calle Sol #26, Apt 301, Ponce, Puerto Rico
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

                Gladiolas 2201 $68
                Gladiolas 2201

                Gladiolas 2201

                Calle Villa #121, Apt 2101, Ponce, Puerto Rico
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.