Museo Castillo Serrallés
On the same property as the mammoth cross, this is the house of Ponce’s rum dynasty, the Serrallés family. Docents lead bilingual...
Perhaps the most grand of Ponce’s historic homes, this mansion was designed by Paris-educated ponceño architect Alfredo Wiechers. The...
After restoration for the better part of a decade, Casa Armstrong-Poventud’s caryatid columns emerged from behind a veil of scaffolding....
Kenepa’s at Café Plaza
After graduating from the Calle Luna party scene, a slightly classier crowd comes here to thin their blood on juice drinks and beer. The...
A menu changes daily, leaning toward international fusions of local fare, such as the delicious Paella Con Tostones.
17 El Vigía · interesting places nearby
El Vigía information
It doesn’t really compare with the hilltop cross in Rio de Janeiro, but the 100ft reinforced-concrete Cruceta El Vigía looking over Ponce is one of the city’s more reliable points of orientation. The site was first used for a similar purpose in the 19th century, when the Spanish Crown posted lookouts here to watch for smuggling along the coast. Today, the site is on shared grounds with the Museo Castillo Serrallés and a scrubby Japanese garden, but it still offers an expansive view. The $4 elevator ride to the top is optional; the view is probably better in the open air at the base, without the hazy obstruction of worn Plexiglas windows. A combined ticket with Museo Castillo Serrallés costs $9.50.