Ponce and the Southern Coast Sights

Hacienda Buena Vista

  • Rte. 123, Km 16.8 Map It
  • Sector Corral Viejo
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 02/01/2016

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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 nearby Río Canas was funneled into narrow brick channels that could be diverted to perform any number of tasks, including turning the waterwheel. (Seeing the two-story wheel slowly begin to turn is fascinating, especially for kids.) Nearby is the two-story manor house, with a kitchen dominated by a massive hearth and furniture that hints at life on a coffee plantation nearly 150 years ago. In 1987 the plantation was restored by the Puerto Rican Conservation Trust, which leads four tours a day (at least one in English) by reservation only (call several days ahead). A gift shop sells coffee beans and other souvenirs. Allow an hour to drive the winding road from Ponce.

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Rte. 123, Km 16.8, Ponce, n/a Puerto Rico, 00730, Puerto Rico

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Sight Details:

  • $10
  • Wed.–Sun., tours at 10, 1:30, and 3:30

Published 02/01/2016


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