Top things to do in Ponce & South Coast

Top Choice Gallery in Ponce

Museo de Arte de Ponce

Brush Strokes in Flight, a bold primary-colored totem by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, announces the smartly remodeled MAP, where an expertly presented collection ranks among the best in the Caribbean. It is…
Top Choice Seafood in Guayama

La Casa de Los Pastelillos

After seeing the sorry excuse for what passes for pastelillos (fried dumplings) elsewhere, you might not recognize the namesake of this seaside patio restaurant. The ambitious variations of the fried staple (shark? …
Top Choice Seafood in Playa Salinas

Ladi's Place

From the road, this looks like the Playa Salinas restaurant strip's least appealing option, but from inside, you'll be surprised. Ladi's strives to offer the ideal eating and drinking environment: there's succulentl…
Top Choice Caribbean in Ponce

El Vejigante

A diminutive, cool, cozy little joint perfect for pre- or post-theater dinner and drinks since Teatro La Perla is just around the corner. El Vejigante is far-reaching in its wine list, innovative in its food (Caribb…
Top Choice Puerto Rican in Yauco & Around

Restaurante La Guardarraya

You’ll see the signs announcing chuletas can can island-wide, but this 1957 institution, on stilts in a tropical forest clearing outside Yauco, is the place that invented the dish. What is it? A slab of pork, with t…
Nature Reserve in Guánica & Around

Bosque Estatal de Guánica

The immense 10,000-acre expanse of the Guánica Biosphere Reserve is one of the island's great natural treasures. Located in two wonderfully untrammeled sections just east and west of Guánica, this remote desert fore…
Archaeological Site in Ponce

Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

The ancient ceremonial center of Tibes is one of the Caribbean's most important archaeological sites, due largely to evidence found here of pre-Taíno civilizations, such as the Igneris. Though Tibes lacks the dramat…
Square in Ponce

Plaza Las Delicias

Within this elegant square you’ll discover Ponce's heart as well as two of the city’s landmark buildings, Parque de Bombas and Catedral Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The Fuente de los Leones, a photogenic fountain re…
Notable Building in Ponce

Parque de Bombas

Ponceños (people from Ponce) claim that the eye-popping Parque de Bombas is Puerto Rico’s most frequently photographed building, which is not too hard to believe as you stroll around the black-and-red-striped, Arabi…
Beach in Guánica & Around

Playa Tamarindo

Follow Hwy 333 around to its conclusion at the Bahía de la Ballena and you'll find that the charming little access route to Playa Tamarindo is blocked off from vehicle access because it's a spawning ground for a rar…