Welcome to Ponce
Lying a few miles inland, in the centre of Puerto Rico's south
coast, the attractive city of Ponce is rich in Spanish colonial
heritage and architecture, with a well-preserved 17th century
historic heart. Pretty colonial homes and majestic churches
surround the lovely city plazas where fountains gurgle in radiant
The preservation of its neo-classical architectural heritage and
several interesting attractions makes Ponce a worthy port of call
for Caribbean cruisers and holidaymakers. The city has a busy port:
the nearby Playa de Ponce Port is Puerto Rico's principal trade
port. Tobacco, coffee, rum and sugar cane from all over the
Caribbean are loaded aboard vessels here, and floods of sightseers
are disgorged regularly from an increasing number of cruise liners
that have added Ponce to their itineraries.
The city, dubbed 'the pearl of the south', also offers some
interesting excursions, and a short drive out of town will take you
to the lovely white sandy Playa de Ponce, where the clear waters
are ideal for snorkelling. The city's built-up beachfront promenade
area, a few miles south of the centre, is called La Guancha. The
boardwalks, bars, souvenir shops, restaurants and snackeries
surround hundreds of yachts and small boats moored in a saltwater
estuary, and the area becomes very crowded with locals and visitors
at weekends and holiday periods. Despite this, Ponce is
determinedly laid-back and fairly quiet in the evenings, making it
a great Caribbean holiday destination for visitors of all ages.
Information & Facts
Spanish and English are the official languages of Puerto
The United States Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency, which is
divided into 100 cents. It is often referred to as the 'peso' in
Puerto Rico. ATMs and bureaux de change are freely available and
all major credit cards and travellers cheques are generally
accepted. Banking hours are 9am to 3.30pm.
Local time is GMT -4.