Ponce Journals

Priceless Episodes; the Ponce Consequence

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A November 2007 trip to Ponce by Jose Kevo

Plaza Delicias Photo, Zaragoza, Spain More Photos
Quote: Flippancy should be reserved for the beach, not the island’s cultural center, but once again Ponce provided another bargain-buster shopping spree amid attractions and distractions!

Priceless Episodes; the Ponce Consequence

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Overview

Plaza las Delicias Photo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Hard to believe but with frequency of visiting the island, an entire decade had passed since coming back to Ponce! Even now, it was simply a diversion on the way to somewhere else; just as previous pair of stopovers. Puerto Rico’s "second city" may now be lagging behind Mayagüez in population, but it’s used to taking a backseat to San Juan and more popular attractions lining the northern coast. If anything, that’s a positive of predicament.Until only the last few decades, the Cordillera Central mountain chain segregated north from south. Even the Spaniards were largely unaware of what else had been developing in the area since mid-16th century, including illegal free-trade shipping acr...Read More

Museo de la Historia

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Attraction

The Main Entry Hall Photo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Considering the impassable Cordillera Central mountains all but alienated Ponce from San Juan and the northern coast, Spaniards neglected and/or stimulated this area with a different approach and identity. To get a glimpse into the city and southern coast’s evolution, Museo de la Historia is worth perusal.This free museum is housed in the Casa Salazar mansion, dating from 1911. While the structure exterior is certainly bravura, don’t be surprised if the interior overshadows impressions of the actual collections! Spacious rooms were strung together to enhance progressive fluctuation of guests. Wooden accents emphasize the vaulted ceilings and massive archways for pa...Read More

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Plaza Delicias

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Attraction | "Plaza las Delicias"

Plaza Delicias Photo, Zaragoza, Spain
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Ponce’s greatest attraction is the centralized Plaza Las Delicias, and the first place any visitor should head. As epicenter of the historic downtown area, most everything is within walking distance from here. But even if time is limited, what you’ll get within the boundaries of this square is heart and soul of the city.Parque de Bombas is said to be the most photographed building on the entire island. This 1883 wooden structure of Arabic design appears rather garish with its black and red stripes screaming 4-alarm fire! Actually, this served as the city’s firehouse until 1990. An antique bomba firetruck commands the main floor. There are a few displays tracing progress...Read More

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Plaza Delicias
CALLE LOS FAYOS 11
Zaragoza, Spain 50017
34-976340440

Downtown Ponce Shopping

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Attraction

Street Treats Photo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
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For all that Ponce offers on the cultural and historical circuit, shopping opportunities hold fondest memories; items I still cling to like some kind of bargain-buster trophy. Potential treasure hunting was what actually baited this expedition and ended-up foiling plans for later in the day – just as it has before.Across from Plaza Las Delicias and Parque de Bombas are a pair of gargantuan-sized souvenir shops that understandably catch the attention of visitors. Perusing the compact aisles of these places reveals a plethora of possibilities, ranging from trinket crap to top-of-the-line local handicrafts. Calculated against sales tags in San Juan, don’t be surprised to want one of everyt...Read More

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La Cruz del Vigía y Serrallés Castle

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Attraction

Entry to the Castle Mansion Photo, Ponce, Puerto Rico
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Perched atop a northern hillside which overlooks the city and sea, El Vigía is the massive concrete cross which can be seen from anywhere within Ponce that affords a clear vantage point. The 100-foot tall structure has rather an abstract design considering it’s just a cross. An interior elevator takes visitors to the apex for $4; the arms containing viewing decks.The structure is enclosed within a small park. Entry gate and parking are to the rear. Street-side parking is also available around outside of the complex. I recommend in front, at the base for enjoying best overviews of the cross and city, and for having quick access to the main attraction....Read More

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