Puerto Rico — Ponce

In the south of Puerto Rico is Ponce, named for Juan Ponce de León y Loayza, the great-grandson of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León. A tour we had booked here was cancelled, so we’ve rented a car and are driving south.

Plaza Las Delicias is the main plaza in Ponce, notable for its fountains and for the various monuments it contains. The square dates back to the early Spanish settlement in Ponce of 1670. We wonder the area for a bit, exploring more of the surrounding historic district while heading to Cafe Cafe, recommended for having the best coffee in town.

Next we head to Cruceta El Vigia, which marks the spot where a guard watched for merchant as well as enemy ships approaching the Ponce harbor 3 miles away. This overseas Serrallés Castle, a mansion built during the 1920s by the son of the founder of Destilería Serrallés, known for its Don Q and Captain Morgan rum brands. There is also an unexpected Japanese garden to be found here as well.

Photos taken March 2012 (Nikon D7000).

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