Ponce, Puerto Rico Overview
Ponce, Puerto Rico’s most populated city outside the San Juan metropolitan area, is named for Juan Ponce de Leon y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon. Ponce is a large municipality, with only Arecibo larger in land area in Puerto Rico. In terms of physical features, the municipality occupies a roughly rectangular area in south-central portion of the Island of approximately 10 miles (16 km) wide (east-to-west) by 13 miles (21 km) long (north-to-south)
The city has been christened as Museum City for its many quality museums. All museums in Ponce are under municipal government administration.
Due to its historical importance, Ponce features many points of interest for visiting tourists. The downtown area contains the bulk of Ponce’s tourist attractions. Tourism has seen significant growth in recent years. Many tourists visited the city via cruise ships.
Detailed Map of Ponce, Puerto Rico
Ponce features a tropical savannah climate. Ponce has winter highs averaging 87 °F (31 °C) and summer highs, 93 °F (34 °C). The rainfall in Ponce varies both by season and locality. The municipality averages 38.52 inches of rain per year, with two distinct, asymmetrical wet and dry seasons. There is a brief, moderately wet season in May, followed by a brief, moderately dry season June through July, and then a more prolonged, intense wet season in September through October, followed by a longer, drier season December through April. Roughly two thirds of the total rainfall occurs in the wettest five months. The driest month is January, which receives less than an inch of rain.
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Museo de Arte de Ponce ( MAP), is an art museum located on Las Americas Avenue ( PR-133) in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is considered one of the finest art museums in Puerto Rico. It houses a collection of European art, as well as work by Puerto Rican artists.
Museo Castillo Serrallés (English: Serrallés Castle Museum) is a museum in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, that showcases the history of sugar cane and rum industries and its impact in the economy of Puerto Rico. The most notorious feature of the museum is the building it sits on.
Caja de Muertos (English: Coffin Island or Dead Man's Chest) is an uninhabited island off the southern coast of Puerto Rico, in the municipality of Ponce. The island is protected by the Reserva Natural Caja de Muertos natural reserve, because of its native turtle traffic.
Hacienda Buena Vista, also known as Hacienda Vives (or Buena Vista Plantation in English), is a coffee plantation and estate in Ponce, Puerto Rico, established in the 19th century. The plantation was started by Don Salvador de Vives in 1833. It is now owned by the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust (Fideicomiso de Conservación), who operates it as a museum.
The La Guancha Recreational and Cultural Complex (Spanish: Complejo Recreational y Cultural La Guancha) is a sector located in barrio Playa in Ponce, Puerto Rico with family recreational and cultural facilities that opened on June 23, 1998. The highlight of the complex is La Guancha Boardwalk, which is flanked by a beach, an observation tower, an amphitheater, and 24 open-air kiosks.
Plaza Las Delicias is the main plaza in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. The square is notable for its fountains and for the various monuments it contains. The historic Parque de Bombas and Ponce Cathedral buildings are located within Plaza Las Delicias.
This article is about the archeological site. For the barrio, see Tibes. The Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center (Centro Ceremonial Indígena de Tibes ) in Barrio Portugués, Ponce, Puerto Rico, houses one of the most important archeological discoveries made in the Antilles.
Parque de Bombas (literally in English "Park of Pumps") is a historic firehouse building in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is one of Puerto Rico's most notable buildings, with some considering it "by far the most easily recognized landmark in the Island". It is located at the Plaza Las Delicias town square, directly behind the Ponce Cathedral.
La Masacre de Ponce es un violento capítulo en la historia de Puerto Rico. El 21 de marzo de 1937 el Partido Nacionalista organizó una marcha en la ciudad de Ponce. La marcha fue organizada para conmemorar el fin de la esclavitud en 1873, y para protestar contra el encarcelamiento del líder nacionalista Pedro Albizu Campos.
Teatro La Perla is a historic theater in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Inaugurated in 1864, it is the second oldest theater of its kind in Puerto Rico, but "the largest and most historic in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean."
The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture is located in the Ponce Historic Zone, across from Plaza Las Delicias. Together with the School of Law, it is one of two semi-autonomous professional colleges of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PCUPR) in the city of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Calle 25 de Enero (25th of January street) is a street and historic Victorian village located in barrio Segundo in Ponce, Puerto Rico, built to house Ponce's volunteer firemen and their families, after the historic fire that took place in the city on 25 January 1899, in appreciation for their labor on that fateful day.
Cardona Island Light (also known as Faro del Puerto de Ponce or Cayo Cardona Light) is the only 6th order lighthouse in Puerto Rico with a cylindrical attached tower. The light is located on Cardona Island, a small island on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Parque de la Ceiba (English: Ceiba Tree Park) is a passive park in barrio San Antón, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Its centerpiece is the historic Ceiba tree, a tree associated with the founding of the city. Now surrounded by the park with the same name, the emblematic 500-year old Ceiba tree stands on the edge of the Ponce Historic Zone.