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History Museum
Survey more than 4,000 European and Latin American art pieces at Museo de Arte de Ponce, the largest art museum in the Caribbean. Puerto Rica
Tours from $204
Pier / Boardwalk
Stroll down La Guancha de Ponce and enjoy the lively beachfront atmosphere. Established in 1998, the recreational complex has since become a
Specialty Museum
Visit Parque de Bombas, a museum of firefighting and a landmark of the city. Built in 1882, the building served as the first fire station in
Tours from $30
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We are the creators and curators of Puerto Rico's best local cultural experiences. starting from Ponce and the south of the island. Our services include: walking tours, special themed-tours, school tours, and private tours. We are a group of historians, educators, travelers, and curious passionate minds that want to ensure local and international visitors get a unique cultural experience in Puerto Rico. This is while learning, engaging, connecting and falling in love with Puerto Rico's history and culture.
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Feel the soft sand under your feet at Isla de Caja de Muertos, a quintessential Caribbean beach. Dive in the sea, and allow the serene ambian
Tours from $114
Plaza Las Delicias represents a vibrant square located at the heart of the city. Explore the historical sites around the square, including Po
Tours from $204
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Ponce is both a city and a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico. The city is the seat of the municipal government.Ponce, Puerto Rico's most populated city outside the San Juan metropolitan area, is named for Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. Ponce is often referred to as La Perla del Sur (The Pearl of the South), La Ciudad Señorial (The Manorial City), and La Ciudad de las Quenepas (Genip City). The city serves as the governmental seat of the autonomous municipality as well as the regional hub for various Government of Puerto Rico entities, such as the Judiciary of Puerto Rico. It is also the regional center for various other commonwealth and federal government agencies.The Municipality of Ponce, officially the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, is located in the Southern Coastal Plain region of the island, south of Adjuntas, Utuado, and Jayuya; east of Peñuelas; west of Juana Díaz; and bordered on the south by the Caribbean Sea. The municipality has a total of 31 barrios (wards), including 19 outside the city's urban area and 12 in the urban area of the city. The historic Ponce Pueblo district, located in the downtown area of the city, is shared by several of the downtown barrios, and is located approximately three miles (3mi) inland from the shores of the Caribbean. Ponce is a principal city of both the Ponce Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Ponce-Yauco-Coamo Combined Statistical Area. The municipality of Ponce is the second largest in Puerto Rico by land area, and it was the first in Puerto Rico to obtain its autonomy, becoming the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce in 1992. Make your own Ponce vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our Puerto Rico trip planner.

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Where to stay in Ponce

Hotels in Ponce cluster close to Plaza Degetau, in the heart of the downtown area. Located right on the square itself, upscale hotels offer spa facilities, restaurants, and swanky cocktail bars. If you're looking for something a little more budget-friendly, check out the little side streets that feed off the main commercial drags in the this central district. Family-run guesthouses and budget inns are the most common places to stay in this range, offering little by way of extra facilities, but an ideal position close to the main tourist attractions.
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