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What to do When Visiting Ponce, Puerto Rico

Updated on December 26, 2014
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...


I was suffering from a bit of writer's block. I desperately wanted to write a hub today, but I just didn't have any idea what to write about. Hubpages has a wonderful system that allows authors to use when suffering that dreaded disease of writer's block. It is called Hubpages Exclusives. If your hub score is high enough, you can click "start a hub," and start typing a word into the title. Popups will come of titles that have not been taken and are considered exclusive to Hubpages. I used this system today and typed in Puerto Rico. This title was available. I was amazed and had to grab it immediately. I had authored another hub that covered Ponce slightly, but this one will be exclusively about Ponce, Puerto Rico. That other hub is entitled Pueblos Of Puerto Rico-Part 9.

Ponce is located on the Southern coast of Puerto Rico. It is a big tourist destination. You can find it on the following map.

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Go To Ponce

Whether you fly into Carolina, Puerto Rico or bring a cruise ship into San Juan, I highly recommend renting a car, or using a tourist agency and visiting Ponce. If need be, you could contact myself or my lovely wife, Lastheart, and for a minimal charge, I am sure we could arrange a nice tour of Ponce.

You may want to purchase one of our books at the side for your trip. We have not finished the Ponce book as of yet, but we will let you know when we do. The two shown are full color and bilingual.

Ponce has many things to do and see. You could probably book a hotel there for a week and still not see and do everything.

At the side below are pictures either my wife or I have taken on our visits to Ponce.

Try some of these enjoyable places out for fun after seeing this beautiful sky picture taken by my lovely wife:

A view of the Ponce skyline and the Catholic Church
A view of the Ponce skyline and the Catholic Church | Source

Photographs From Ponce, Puerto Rico

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Don Q CastleFountain in Ponce squareFirehouse museum in PonceEl Vigía  in PonceSerrallés Castle  in PonceLeaving Ponce
Don Q Castle
Don Q Castle | Source
Fountain in Ponce square
Fountain in Ponce square | Source
Firehouse museum in Ponce
Firehouse museum in Ponce | Source
El Vigía  in Ponce
El Vigía in Ponce | Source
Serrallés Castle  in Ponce
Serrallés Castle in Ponce | Source
Leaving Ponce
Leaving Ponce | Source

The House That Rum Built

You can see a picture of it at the right. Serrallés Castle or in Spanish, Castillo Serrallés is a beautiful mansion that was built by the Serrallés family who were the makers of Don Q rum.

This is an amazing structure. When you visit Ponce it is a must see and while there drive further up the mountain and visit the next location.

El Vigía Cross

Do you like to see views? You can go into Cruceta del Vigía or the Watchman's Cross and see for miles. It is a 100 foot tall cross with glass windows that is above the castle.

This cross allows you to view for miles upon miles.

Nuestra Señora de la Guadalupe Cathedral

Every pueblo within Puerto Rico has a main Catholic sanctuary located on the main square of that pueblo. Nuestra Señora de la Guadalupe Cathedral is Ponce's Catholic church. It is listed as a historical site and goes all the way back to the late 1600s.

When in Ponce, be sure and visit this enticing piece of architecture.

Tibes Ceremonial Indian Center

The natives of puerto Rico were called Taino Indians. This center located within Ponce's borders was a discovery that taught many how the natives lived.

It is now a tourist attraction. You can learn how the Taino lived, played and worked when you visit this amazing attraction.

Ponce Museum of History

This location will tell you all about Ponce and how it became a pueblo. It will lead you through all the history throughout the many years Ponce has been around.

Buena Vista Hacienda

This property was originally purchased as a fruit growing farm. The owner, Don Salvador de Vives started it in 1833. He developed it into a rich coffee plantation.

There is so much history available when visiting Hacienda Buena Vista. It is now a museum and is there for humans to learn from.

I recommend that this be a priority visit when you come to Ponce.

Other Museums

Ponce is rich in museums. The old firehouse is located next to the square and is now a museum. I will provide the link below to the Ponce website.

You will find many, many things to do in Ponce. I could go on and on, but I will save them for the book we write.

Another thing you will note in Ponce are artisans. You can find souvenirs in many forms. Have a local paint your picture or get a cup of Puerto Rican coffee with a special design in the foam on top of it. Get a photo before you drink it.

Ponce is a tourist loving location. Even though Puerto Rico is a Spanish speaking country, you will find that many speak and understand English.

Come visit Puerto Rico and Ponce, you will love it here. Take it from the Frog; the Gringocua.

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    • Froggy213 profile image

      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thank you. I wish you could see the huge smile I have on my face right now.

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

      I love the way you write, it is like sitting across from a table having coffee and listening to you talk about a wonderful place that you have enjoyed greatly. I would love to visit Ponce.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Yes, I love it here.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      It sounds like you are really enjoying living in Puerto Rico. It looks like a beautiful country.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and thank you for sharing.


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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Yes, it is a beautiful island and you are a beautiful woman. I have beauty all around me.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Good job! Everything in Puerto Rico is neat. Thanks for loving the island I was born in.

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Thank you Ms Dora.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks to HubPages Exclusive! You did a heck of a job with the topic it gave you. Voted Up!

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      Greg Boudonck 4 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      The light is on for my friend. Would love to meet you in person. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Looks like a future Hub of the Day winner to me. I'd love to visit there some day. Leave the light on for us; we might make it eventually.