Ponce and the Porta Caribe

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  • 1. Casa Wiechers-Villaronga

    Museum/Gallery

    In a city filled with neoclassical confections, this is one of the most elaborate. Alfredo B. Wiechers, who returned to his native Ponce after...Read More

  • 2. Castillo Serrallés

    El Vigía | House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 3. Hacienda Buena Vista

    Sector Corral Viejo | House/Mansion/Villa

    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...Read More

  • 4. Museo de Arte de Ponce

    Sector Santa María | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Edward Durrell Stone, who also designed the original Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington...Read More

  • 5. Parque de Bombas

    Museum/Gallery

    After El Morro in Old San Juan, this distinctive red-and-black-stripe building may be the second-most-photographed structure in Puerto Rico...Read More

  • 6. Piscinas Aguas Termales

    Bath/Hot Spring

    In Coamo you can take a dip at the famous Piscinas Aguas Termales, the thermal springs said to have curative powers. Day-trippers can bathe...Read More

  • 7. Albergue Olímpico

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Puerto Rico's Olympic training center isn't just for world-class athletes; it's a massive multiuse sports complex that's open to the public...Read More

  • 8. Antigua Casa Alcaldía

    Government Building

    At the eastern end of Plaza Francisco Mariano Quiñones, this Spanish-colonial-style building served as the town's city hall from 1844 to 1950...Read More

  • 9. Bahía Fosforescente

    Local Interest–Sight

    On moonless nights, large and small boats line up along the dock to take visitors out to view the Bahía Fosforescente. Microscopic dinoflagellates...Read More

  • 10. Balneario Caña Gorda

    Beach–Sight

    The gentle waters at this beach on Route 333 wash onto a wide swath of sand fringed with palm trees. This is one of the few beaches in Puerto...Read More

  • 11. Bosque Estatal de Boquerón

    Forest

    The eastern section of the Bosque Estatal de Boquerón is made up of miles of mangrove forests that grow at the water's edge. Boats from the...Read More

  • 12. Bosque Estatal de Guánica

    Forest

    This 9,900-acre United Nations Biosphere Reserve is a great place for hiking. An outstanding example of a tropical dry coastal forest, it has...Read More

  • 13. Caja de Muertos

    Beach–Sight

    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 area. It...Read More

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  • 14. Capilla de Porta Coeli

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the oldest religious buildings in the Americas, this mission-style chapel overlooks the long, rectangular Plazuela de Santo Domingo....Read More

  • 15. Casa Armstrong-Poventud

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Banker and industrialist Carlos Armstrong and his wife, Eulalia Pou, lived in this neoclassical house designed and built for them in 1901 by...Read More

  • 16. Casa Cautiño

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Built for sugar, cattle, and coffee baron Genaro Cautiño Vázquez and his wife, Genoveva Insúa, Casa Cautiño is an elegant neoclassical home...Read More

  • 17. Casa de Lola Rodríguez de Tió

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Part of the San German Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this house bears the name of poet and...Read More

  • 18. Casa de los Kindy

    House/Mansion/Villa

    East of the Plazuela de Santo Domingo, this 19th-century home is known for its eclectic architecture, which mixes neoclassical and criollo elements...Read More

  • 19. Casa Morales

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Facing Plazuela de Santo Domingo, this Victorian-style house was designed in 1913 by architect Pedro Vivoni for his brother, Tomás. The gleaming...Read More

  • 20. Casa Perichi

    House/Mansion/Villa

    You'll find an excellent example of Puerto Rican ornamental architecture in this elegant mansion, which sits a block south of Plazuela Santo...Read More

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