Ponce and the Porta Caribe

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  • 1. Hacienda Buena Vista

    Sector Corral Viejo | Farm/Ranch

    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

  • 2. Museo Castillo Serrallés

    El Vigía | Historic Home

    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. Museo de Arte de Ponce

    Sector Santa María | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Museo de la Arquitectura Ponceña

    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

  • 5. Parque de Bombas

    Notable Building

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

  • 6. Piscinas Aguas Termales

    Hot Spring

    In Coamo you can take a dip at the famous Piscinas Aguas Termales, the thermal springs said to have curative powers. There's a changing room...Read More

  • 7. Albergue Olímpico

    Sports Venue

    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

    Other Attraction

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

  • 10. Balneario Caña Gorda

    Beach

    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

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    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 subtropical dry forest, it has some...Read More

  • 13. Capilla de Porta Coeli

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 14. Casa Cautiño

    Historic Home

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

  • 15. Casa de Lola Rodríguez de Tió

    Historic Home

    This criollo-style house bears the name of poet and activist Lola Rodríguez de Tió. Although a plaque claims she lived here, town officials...Read More

  • 16. Casa de los Kindy

    Historic Home

    East of the Plazuela de Santo Domingo, this 19th-century house (a private residence) is known for its eclectic architecture, which mixes neoclassical...Read More

  • 17. Casa Morales

    Historic Home

    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

  • 18. Casa Perichi

    Historic Home

    You'll find an excellent example of Puerto Rican ornamental architecture in this white, gigantic but elegant, 1920 mansion, which sits a block...Read More

  • 19. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 2007. Dedicated...Read More

  • 20. Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes

    Barrio Tibes | Ruins

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

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