Ponce

Travel Guide
La Guancha
Walk through the labyrinthine streets of Puerto Rico’s second-largest city and you’ll find richly decorated colonial architecture, museums and pretty fountains.

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.

Where to stay in Ponce

Caribe Hotel Ponce
Caribe Hotel Ponce
3.5 out of 5
103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce, 00715
The price is $140 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (971 reviews)
"Nice staff, condition clean, and comfortable!"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Caribe Hotel Ponce
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
4.5 out of 5
1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce, 00716
The price is $244 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful, i think they should have activities for the visitors, example live music, games, dj..."

Reviewed on May 28, 2022

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Aloft Ponce
Aloft Ponce
3.5 out of 5
Street No 2 KM 228.9, Ponce
The price is $179 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 15
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Parque de la Ceiba and Museo ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (372 reviews)
"Excelente!!"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Aloft Ponce
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mavs Boutique Hotel
Mavs Boutique Hotel
Calle Ramon Power, Ponce, Ponce, 00717
The price is $96 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this apartment in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a sitting area. Popular attractions Museo de Arte de Ponce and Museum of the Ponce Massacre ...
Mavs Boutique Hotel
Chandelier 102
Chandelier 102
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #26, Apt 102, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 730
The price is $175 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena and Ponce History Museum ...
Chandelier 102
Chandelier 201
Chandelier 201
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #26, Apt 201, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 730
The price is $125 per night from Jul 6 to Jul 7
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Ponce. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena and Ponce History Museum ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (8 reviews)
"There was no water available due to a major issue with local water company. The situation started a few days before our arrival date, however, the landlord did not notify us ahead of time, and did not provide water bottles or gallons. He did not answered our calls and we could not stay in the ..."

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2021

Chandelier 201
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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