Plaza de Recreo

Ponce & South Coast

On the laid-back Plaza de Recreo, the massive Iglesia Católica Nuestra Señora del Rosario casts a long shadow over domino players and strolling couples. The plaza sits just east of a bustling stretch of shops on Calle Comercio, where a number of jewelers will make gold pendants with your name on them – a nice take-home souvenir.

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