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Ponce has a captivatingly distinctive character that sets it apart from the island country’s biggest city, San Juan. Founded by Juan Ponce de León y Loayza in 1692, the city’s aristocratic pride lives on in its exquisite architecture and historic landmarks. Check out this snapshot of old-world Puerto Rico as you explore the city center’s museums and narrow streets and discover a waterfront district with a lively dining scene.
A good place to begin your exploration of Ponce is the city’s main square, Plaza of Delights (Plaza Las Delicias). From here, you can stroll to most of the sights in the compact downtown area. Visit the tourist office in the striking Parque de Bombas, the red-and-black striped façade of the former fire station. Admire the exquisite architecture of the Casa Aldacía (City Hall), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and El Museo Castillo Serrallés, which is a Spanish Revival treasure.
Learn about the local history at the Casa de la Masacres de Ponce and enjoy the cultural insights at the Museum of Puerto Rican Music. Find out about pre-Columbian cultures at the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. The modern Museo de Arte de Ponce is one of Latin America’s most impressive art museums and hosts a series of touring exhibitions.
Make your way south of downtown to find the waterfront district of La Guancha Paseo Toblado. This harborside area can be explored via a boardwalk and features some of the city’s top restaurants.
Go on a tour of some of the city’s outlying destinations, such as Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island) or the coffee plantations on the northern edge of the city. Visit El Tuque Beach or join snorkeling and Jet Ski tours of the nearby cays and islands.
Ponce is located on Puerto Rico’s Southern Coastal Plain. Reach Ponce by air to Mercedita International Airport, which is a 10-minute taxi ride from downtown. You can reach the city via car from San Juan in a little over an hour, while public bus trips take approximately 2 hours. Book accommodations near Ponce’s main square to enjoy having some of the city’s main attractions on your doorstep.
Accommodation in Ponce
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Situated in Ponce, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Parque de la Ceiba and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Parque de Bombas. Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Teatro la Perla are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Ponce, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vicens Coliseum, Parque de Bombas, and Montaner Stadium. Casa Wiechers-Villaronga and Plaza of Delights are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in the heart of Ponce, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
This sprawling resort 5 miles (8 km) south of historic downtown Ponce faces a long, tranquil, dark-sand Caribbean beach 1.75 miles (3 km) from Paseo Tablado La Guancha harborside boardwalk.
Located in the heart of Ponce, this hotel is steps from Plaza of Delights and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
This family-friendly Guayanilla hotel is located near the airport, 6.3 mi (10.2 km) from Volkylandia Museum, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Gilligan's Island and Plaza of Delights. Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadeloupe and Casa Wiechers-Villaronga are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Volkylandia Museum, Gilligan's Island, and Guanica Dry Forest Reserve. Isla Magueyes and Bioluminescent Bay are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Quebrada Grande, this guesthouse is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Casa Natal Luis Munoz Rivera and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Munoz Rivera Family Mausoleum. San Cristobal Canyon and Mirador La Piedra Degetau are also within 12 mi (20 km).