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Ponce
Travel Guide

Walk through the labyrinthine streets of Puerto Rico’s second-largest city and you’ll find richly decorated colonial architecture, museums and pretty fountains.

Ponce has a captivatingly distinctive character that sets it apart from the island country’s biggest city, San Juan. Founded by Juan Ponce de León y Loayza in 1692, the city’s aristocratic pride lives on in its exquisite architecture and historic landmarks. Check out this snapshot of old-world Puerto Rico as you explore the city center’s museums and narrow streets and discover a waterfront district with a lively dining scene.

A good place to begin your exploration of Ponce is the city’s main square, Plaza of Delights (Plaza Las Delicias). From here, you can stroll to most of the sights in the compact downtown area. Visit the tourist office in the striking Parque de Bombas, the red-and-black striped façade of the former fire station. Admire the exquisite architecture of the Casa Aldacía (City Hall), the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and El Museo Castillo Serrallés, which is a Spanish Revival treasure.

Learn about the local history at the Casa de la Masacres de Ponce and enjoy the cultural insights at the Museum of Puerto Rican Music. Find out about pre-Columbian cultures at the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center. The modern Museo de Arte de Ponce is one of Latin America’s most impressive art museums and hosts a series of touring exhibitions.

Make your way south of downtown to find the waterfront district of La Guancha Paseo Toblado. This harborside area can be explored via a boardwalk and features some of the city’s top restaurants.

Go on a tour of some of the city’s outlying destinations, such as Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island) or the coffee plantations on the northern edge of the city. Visit El Tuque Beach or join snorkeling and Jet Ski tours of the nearby cays and islands.

Ponce is located on Puerto Rico’s Southern Coastal Plain. Reach Ponce by air to Mercedita International Airport, which is a 10-minute taxi ride from downtown. You can reach the city via car from San Juan in a little over an hour, while public bus trips take approximately 2 hours. Book accommodations near Ponce’s main square to enjoy having some of the city’s main attractions on your doorstep.

Where to stay in Ponce

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
4.5 out of 5
1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce
The price is Rs14,127 per night from 2 May to 3 May

This Ponce resort is on the beach, 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from La Guancha, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Museo de Arte de Ponce and Teatro la Perla. Parque de Bombas and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Beds extremely too small full beds are outdated. Should have queen beds in the rooms"…"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
3.5 out of 5
Reina Street, Ponce
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Located in Ponce Centro, this spa hotel is steps away from Casa Armstrong-Poventud, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. Ponce History Museum ...

4/5Very Good! (931 reviews)

"Everything was prefect and would love to stay again."…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr 2021

Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino
Caribe Hotel Ponce
Caribe Hotel Ponce
3.5 out of 5
103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce
The price is Rs10,091 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Parque de la Ceiba, Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena. Teatro ...

4/5Very Good! (984 reviews)

"We stayed just on night but it was beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Caribe Hotel Ponce
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Chandelier 102
Chandelier 102
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #26, Apt 102, Ponce, Puerto Rico
The price is Rs12,427 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena, Teatro la Perla and Ponce History Museum. Museum of Puerto ...

Chandelier 102
Chandelier 101
Chandelier 101
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #26, Apt 101, Ponce, Puerto Rico
The price is Rs8,876 per night from 13 Apr to 14 Apr

Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena, Teatro la Perla and Ponce History Museum. Museum of Puerto ...

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Chandelier 202
Chandelier 202
3 out of 5
Calle Sol #26, Apt 202, Ponce, Puerto Rico
The price is Rs8,778 per night from 12 Apr to 13 Apr

Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena, Teatro la Perla and Ponce History Museum. Museum of Puerto ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Great location, walking distance from downtown. Very cozy place."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2020

Chandelier 202
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