Plaza Las Delicias
Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
The twin bell towers of this cathedral cast an impression of piety over the plaza, even as young punks gather to show off skate tricks...
Parque de Bombas
Ponceños (people from Ponce) claim that the eye-popping Parque de Bombas is Puerto Rico’s most frequently photographed building, which...
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
A slightly classy crowd gravitate to the sidewalk tables here, especially when the place hosts live music or DJs. When it gets late, the...
On warm evenings lines stretch down the sidewalk of this institution, located across from Parque de Bombas. Smooth-blended tropical...
Plaza Las Delicias information
Within this elegant square you’ll discover the heart of Ponce and two of the city’s landmark buildings, Parque de Bombas and Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The smell of panaderías (bakeries) follows churchgoers across the square each morning, children squeal around the majestic fountain under the midday heat, and lovers stroll under its lights at night. The Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of Lions), a photogenic fountain rescued from the 1939 World’s Fair in New York, is the square’s most captivating attraction.
Even as the commercial banks and the fast-food joints encroach around the edges, reminders of the city’s prideful history dominate the plaza’s attractions. Watch out for marble statues of local danza icon Juan Morel Campos and poet/politician Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rico’s first governor, in amidst more artsy ones of lions (the city's symbol, which doesn't take too long to realize).