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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.

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Weather

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.