Ponce
Puerto Rico
By Anne Thomas

Ponce is the largest city in the Porta Caribe region of Puerto Rico.  The city is located about seventy-five miles from San Juan.  Known as “The Pearl of the South”, Ponce has a rich history and beautiful sites just waiting to be explored. 

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to book your next vacation in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  You will begin your journey by flying into Mercedita International Airport (PSE).  You can book your flight today with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking on the following link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  Ponce offers unique accommodations for visitors from hotels, resorts, paradores, small inns and even green hotels!  Visit WhatsCheaper.com to book your stay by clicking on the following link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to visit the Museo de Arte de Ponce.  The museum houses a collection of more than 4,500 works of art from various cultures.  At the museum, you will find pieces including sculptures, paintings, photographs, ceramics and much more.  Some of the pieces even date back to ninth century B.C.! 

We also encourage you to visit the El Museo Castillo Serralles, a Spanish Revival house.  Guides will take you through the house where you will see courtyards, dining room, a cafe and souvenir shop.  The El Museo Castillo Serralles is a stunning architectural building with the perfect place to sit and take in the beauty of Ponce.  Make sure to stop by the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Cathedral was built in 1931 and is named after the famous holy shrine in Mexico.

WhatsCheaper.com suggests you stop by Hacienda Buena Vista, a 19th-century coffee mill and plantation.  Hacienda Buena Vista was a working plantation until the 1950’s.  It was purchased in 1984, renovated and opened three years later.  Take a tour and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee!

Your next stop should be El Vigia Hill.  The hill is covered with a maze built between the 19th and 20th centuries.  When you get to the top of the hill, you will see Cruz del Vigia.  Known as the “Virgin’s Cross”, this structure is an observation tower in the shape of a cross.  When you get to the top of the tower, you will get a bird’s eye view of Ponce city.

While Ponce does not have any beaches, some of the best beaches in the region are only about thirty minutes away.  The beach at Guanica boasts pristine and crystal-clear water.  You can go swimming, snorkeling, and diving.  Have you ever wondered where Gilligan’s Island was located? Directly offshore from Guanica!

Downtown Ponce is filled with lots of things to do.  WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to check out the restaurants and try some of the local cuisine.  You will find plenty of shopping perfect for purchasing souvenirs, local artist’s work, brightly painted carnival masks, pottery, clothing, jewelry and more.

Ponce is Puerto Rico’s main shipping port in the Caribbean.  Stop by La Guancha, which is a boardwalk around Ponce’s harbor.  The boardwalk offers a lot of fun and entertainment for everyone.  You can take a ferry from La Guancha to Caja de Muertos, otherwise known as Coffin Island.  Coffin Island is a cay covered with mangrove swamps and surrounded by magnificent beaches.  While you are on the island you can go hiking or snorkeling or both!

Ponce is a wonderful town filled with a lot of fun activities.  But don’t take our word for it.  Click on the link above to book your vacation today! 

MUST SEE IN Ponce LIST:

  • 1. La Guancha Boardwalk
  • 2. Casa Bacardi
  • 3. Cruceta El Vigia
  • 4. Parque de Bombas
  • 5. Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadaloupe
  • 6. Museo Castillo Serrallés
  • 7. Ponce Trolley
  • 8. Museo de Arte de Ponce
  • 9. Mueso de la Histria de Ponce
  • 10. Museo de la Masacre de Ponce

Ponce EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Ponce Carnival - February
  • 2. Regional Crafts Fair - March
  • 3. Danza Week - May
  • 4. Playa Festival - May
  • 5. San Anton's Bomba Festival - July
  • 6. Discovering Our Indian Roots - November
  • 7. Patron Saint's Day Festival - December
  • 8. Christmas Concert - December

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Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort
1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce, Puerto Rico
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Enjoy a view of the Caribbean Sea and immerse yourself in paradise when you stay at the Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort. This hotel is just a ten minutes from Mercedita Airport and just a few minutes from downtown.  There is plenty to do in the exciting area, though you can also just choose to relax. Schedule a trip to Caja de Muertos Island to do some snorkeling or diving, or play a round at the Costa Caribe Golf & Country Club. Head to downtown Ponce to view historical buildings, eat delicious local cuisine and visit the Museum of the History of Ponce and Ponce Art Museum.

If you would rather stay at the resort, you can enjoy the beautiful beach or the outdoor pools, where lounge chairs and shades are provided. In addition, there are several playgrounds for children to enjoy; miniature golf, volleyball courts and ping pong tables and tennis courts are sure to keep everyone entertained. There is a full Precor© fitness center and a spa where you can book a massage. In the evening, you can head to the casino to try your luck at Blackjack, roulette, poker or slot machines.

The fun continues as you explore all of the dining options that are available. La Terraza offers al fresco dining for breakfast daily and for lunch and dinner on the weekends. Snack on sandwiches and and sip rum cocktails while overlooking the pool at El Bohio. Sancho’s offers Chinese cuisine with a twist, as well as a view of the ocean. There are also several bars where you can enjoy a relaxing drink, and you can take a shuttle to Costa Caribe Restaurant in the clubhouse.

The guest rooms and suites offer ocean views and private balconies or patios. Here you will have internet access, televisions with premium channels, and a radio with an MP3 connector.  

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