Regardless of the month you visit, there is bound to be an event or two that will catch your interest; whether it be the prominent Ponce Carnival in February, the Jazz Festival in April, or the Patron Saint’s Day Festival in December. If you’re more interested in what clothes to pack in your suitcase then it’s worth noting that the dry season is typically June through to July, which is followed by a longer wet season in September and October. However, since temperatures are usually consistently warm thanks to the tropical climate here, you’ll most likely not be needing your winter layers.
Known to some as ‘The Pearl of the South’, Ponce is a southern city in Puerto Rico, partly bordered by the Caribbean Sea. Home to a vibrant culture, a rich history, and an ever-growing commercial and industrial significance, Puerto Rico’s second largest city is a favourite travel destination amongst the adventurous who are seeking to learn and explore new things. Visitors to the city will find museums, art galleries, recreational spaces, and historical buildings in abundance. The Plaza de las Delicias, or ‘Plaza of Delights’ in the city centre, is always among the top things to see on any travel itinerary of the city. As the city’s main square, people gather here daily to catch up or simply take a break and admire one of the many water fountains or monuments that grace the plaza. Here you’ll find two other must-see sites, the Parque de Bombas and the Cathedral. Park of Pumps in English, the Parque de Bombas is a former red firehouse building that today serves as a museum dedicated to those who worked there during its over 100 years of service history. Today you’ll find artefacts used during its days in operation and stories about the fires it serviced. It is believed to be one of Ponce’s most popular points of interest, so it’s surely worth a visit for those with time to spare in this delightful city. Just in front of the Parque de Bombas is the iconic Cathedral, or the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe if you’re looking for its full title. With a history dating back to 1670, the cathedral certainly has a colourful past behind it and is still in use today as the seat of the Bishop of Ponce. Stop by and marvel at the Neoclassical architecture and the twin bell towers, or wander inside to admire the interior decorations. To explore this historical centre in style, why not opt for a horse drawn carriage ride past all the points of interest for a truly romantic view of the city.
Known for its developed transportation network, the city is served by private taxis, buses, and public ‘publicos’. You’ll find most publicos departing from the city centre area, so look out for the ‘Terminal de Carros Publicos Carlos Garay’ if you’re planning a day trip further afield.
Mercedita Airport (PSE) is located around 4 miles (6 km) from the centre of Ponce, so you won’t have to worry about navigating a complex transportation system to find your way to the city. Simply hop in a cab and you’ll be there before you know it.