Ponce and the Southern Coast Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Ponce and the Southern Coast - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Caja de Muertos

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With a name that comes from its coffinlike shape, Caja de Muertos is a few miles off the coast and has the best beaches in the Ponce...

Casa Armstrong-Poventud

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Banker and industrialist Carlos Armstrong and his wife, Eulalia Pou, lived in this neoclassical house designed and built for them in...

Castillo Serrallés

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This lovely Spanish-style villa—so massive that townspeople dubbed it a castle—was built in the 1930s for Ponce's wealthiest family,...

Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

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This pale blue cathedral has always been one of the city's jewels, but it regained much of its luster after a complete renovation in...

Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

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This archeological site, discovered after flooding from a tropical storm in 1975, is the island's most important. Dating from AD 300–700,...

Cruceta El Vigía

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

At the top of Cerro Vigía—a hill where the Spanish once watched for ships, including those of marauding pirates—is this colossal...

Faro De Maunabo

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Route 3 going eastward intersects with Route 901, the eastern portion of the cross-island Ruta Panorámica. Along the way you'll pass...

Hacienda Buena Vista

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Built by Salvador de Vives in 1838, this was one of the area's largest coffee plantations. It's a technological marvel—water from the...

Isla Caja de Muertos

  • Beach–Sight

Named for its shape, this island, which stretches for 2 miles 5 miles off the coast, has the best beaches near Ponce and some of the...

La Guancha

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Ponce's public beach isn't anything to write home about, but the shallow water makes it nice for children. You'll find bathrooms, a playground...