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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 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…
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…
Fountain in Ponce

Fuente de los Leones

A lovely fountain in the middle of the Plaza Las Delicias – a survivor from the 1939 World Fair.
Plantation in Ponce

Hacienda Buena Vista

The overgrown coffee fields and lovely, rusting historic buildings of Hacienda Buena Vista make up one of the best-preserved 19th-century coffee plantations in Puerto Rico. Wandering its grounds while listening to t…
Viewpoint in Ponce

El Vigía

It doesn’t really compare with the hilltop cross in Rio de Janeiro, but the 100ft reinforced-concrete Cruceta del Vigía looking over Ponce is one of the city’s more reliable points of orientation and offers a cracki…
Museum in Ponce

Museo Castillo Serrallés

On the same property as the mammoth El Vigía, Museo Castillo Serrallés was the home of Ponce’s rum dynasty, the Serrallés family. Docents lead bilingual walking tours through the lovely Moorish-style castle. When th…
Carnival in Ponce


Ponce’s Carnaval is a time of serious partying. Events kick off on the Wednesday before Ash Wednesday with a masked ball, followed by parades, a formal danza competition and the coronation of the Carnaval queen and …