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But stick central amid the outstanding colonial-era architecture and the city's dozen or so museums (many ranking among the island's best), or 5km south at the seashore-hugging restaurant-lined boardwalk of La Guancha Paseo Tablado, and it's only Ponce's elegant side that you need experience.

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$119 Day Trips & Excursions

Ponce Historical and Cultural Tour from San Juan

Your day trip to Ponce begins with the 1.5-hour drive from San Juan, on Puerto Rico’s north coast, across the island and through the central mountain range to Ponce, which sits on the south coast. When you arrive with your guide, head to your first stop, the Parque de Bombas, which literally translates to Park of Pumps, aka the city’s old firehouse. The striking black-and-red-striped façade of the building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — makes it one of the most iconic attractions in Ponce, if not all of Puerto Rico. Built in the late 1800s, the firehouse is now a museum that displays historic firefighting artifacts. If you don’t want to tour the museum or you finish quickly, you can simply admire and take photos from the outside while waiting for the rest of your group; the firehouse sits on Ponce’s main square, the shady and fountain-filled Plaza Las Delicias.Next up is the Ponce Art Museum (Museo de Arte de Ponce), one of the finest art museums in the Caribbean. After your guide gives you a brief introduction to the museum outside the entrance, you are free to enter and explore it on your own, checking out its collection of European and Puerto Rican art. Known for its pre-Raphaelite works, the museum houses pieces by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens and Eugéne Delacroix. Highlights include Flaming June by Frederic Leighton and The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Sir Edward Burne-Jones. (Entrance fee to the museum is at your own expense.)Meet back up with your guide outside the museum and head to your final site, Serrallès Castle (Castillo Serrallès), a Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1930. More sprawling mansion than true castle, the home was built for the Serrallès family, the founders of the Serrallès rum company, known for its Don Q rum. The beautifully manicured estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now houses a museum. Tour the Moorish-style home with a docent, and then once again meet your guide, who will take you to a local restaurant for lunch. Restaurants vary daily, but you can expect local Puerto Rican cuisine. (Entrance fee to the museum and lunch are at your own expense.)After lunch, make the drive back to Puerto Rico, where you day trip ends.

$175 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ponce History and Culture 10-Hour Day Trip Tour from San Juan

Begin with pickup from your San Juan hotel, and travel in the company of your guide and small group to Ponce, roughly 1.5 hours away.Visit the Ponce Historic Zone, known for its unique architecture and downtown plaza. Admire Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral, the century-old red-and-black wooden firehouse Parque de Bombas, and the neoclassical and Spanish Revival facades as you go. Your day trip includes admission to some of Ponce’s top attractions, including Tibes Ceremonial Indian Park, an ancient Indian site that’s the oldest cemetery uncovered to date in the Antilles. Wander along its 12 stone structures, including ceremonial plazas and ball courts (nine of which are open to the public today). You’ll also pay a visit to the Ponce Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Caribbean. Peruse more than 5,000 European and Latin American works — some dating back 500 years, as well as a growing collection of contemporary art. Admire iconic pieces such as Fredrick Lord Leighton’s gorgeous Flaming June, and Brushstrokes in Flight, a 28-foot-high painted metal sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein that marks the main entrance. When your day in Ponce is through enjoy a leisurely ride back to your San Juan hotel.

$85 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Ponce Beach Trip by catamaran to Caja de Muertos

Trip Itinerary All passengers with previous reservation must be at the pier at 7:40am.Departure from La Guancha, Ponce  is at 8:30 am.At 3:00 pm all passengers must start boarding the catamaran to return to Ponce.At 3:30 pm the catamaran departs to Ponce, arriving at approximately 4:15pm.During high season & holiday’s we may offer an additional trip departing at 10:30 am Passengers must bring: Light clothing, towel, sunscreen, swimsuit, water shoes and/or sneakers and small bag.  (Shoes are required to walk on the island). AMENITIES Caja de Muertos Island has a beautiful and pristine white sand beach called “Playa Pelicano” and was awarded the first Blue Flag award location at a Natural Reserve in the Caribbean. Blue Flag is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)  for beaches, marinas or sustainable boating tourism operators that meets its stringent standards.Snorkeling in crystal clear waters and reefs that surround the island is a MUST. The island is a wonderful destination for beach and nature lovers seeking to experience the pleasures of an uninhabited island.A museum,  where you can learn about the history of the island in depth, review of the flora, fauna and marine life that inhabits the island, as well as learning on the marine turtles (Tinglar and Carey) endangered species that visit the island yearly.  You will also learn on the historic uses by pirates to hide their treasures on the Island, as well as the clandestine meetings of Masons on it’s beautiful shores.Nestled on the highest point of the island you can visit a historic 1887 lighthouse. You are not allowed to enter for your safety, however you may walk around the perimeter of the lighthouse to admire its unique architecture. The real reward are the majestic views from the observation tower *Great photo ops*. However, after Hurricane Maria some paths may not be available as they might be blocked by debris left behind by  the hurricane.*DON’T FORGET YOUR WATER SHOES IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO TAKE ON THE ADVENTURERESTRICTIONSMinimum age is 4 years old, no infants allowed (0-3 years old).Not recommended for people with physical impairments.Not recommended for non swimmers 0guest have to swim to shore).No coolers, chairs or umbrellas allowed.