Isla Caja de Muertos


The name for this island off shore from Ponce translates as 'coffin island' – at one point it was supposedly thought that its silhouette resembled a casket. The island makes a pleasant day trip from bustling Ponce, and there is good snorkeling plus a lighthouse ruin. Bring a picnic as there is nothing here when you arrive. Boats to the island are run through Island Venture Water Excursions.

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1. La Guancha Paseo Tablado

7.91 MILES

Commonly known as ‘La Guancha,’ this rebuilt public boardwalk is around 3 miles south of the city center near the relatively lonely Ponce Hilton and the…

2. Museo de Arte de Ponce

9.86 MILES

Brush Strokes in Flight, a bold primary-colored totem by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, announces the smartly remodeled MAP, where an expertly…

3. Museo de la Masacre de Ponce


This small museum commemorates the Ponce Massacre, the fated pro-independence demonstration of the 1930s during which almost 20 protestors (and two police…

4. Museo de la Música Puertorriqueña

10.06 MILES

This spacious pink villa designed by Juan Bertoli Calderoni, father of Puerto Rico’s neoclassical style, offers one of Ponce’s best museum experiences. A…

5. Teatro La Perla

10.09 MILES

The 1000-seat, grandly columned Teatro La Perla was designed by Juan Bertoli Calderoni, father of Puerto Rico’s neoclassical style, and completed in the…

6. Museo de la Historia de Ponce

10.1 MILES

Ponce's history museum is extensive for a city of fewer than 200,0000 people – evidence of the city’s reverence for the past. Located in the Casa Salazar …

7. Casa Alcaldía

10.11 MILES

Facing the southern side of Plaza Las Delicias, Ponce’s city hall was built in the 1840s. The last public hanging on the island happened in its courtyard,…

8. Fuente de los Leones

10.13 MILES

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