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Ponce Introduction


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Ponce, Puerto Rico's fourth-largest city, is the birthplace of a long roster of Puerto Rican writers, statesmen, singers and poets.   Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ponce Geography


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The southern city of Ponce is at the foothills of the Cordillera Central mountain range. You will definitely know when you're entering the city because five monumental letters spell out "Ponce" in alternating black and red colors, positioned at the highway entrance to the city.   Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ponce History


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Ponce was founded in 1692 by Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon's great-grandson Loiza Ponce de Leon. Ponce was Spain's capital city of the southern region until 1898, when Puerto Rico fell to the U.S.   Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ponce Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Visitors to Ponce have no problem exploring the historic downtown by foot or by taking the regularly scheduled free trolley service that whisks you by the historical sites.   Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ponce Nightlife


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Evening activities center on the hotels, especially the La Bohemia cocktail lounge at Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, which has live music on the weekends.   Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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Ponce Restaurants & Dining


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Ponce has several excellent restaurants serving Continental cuisine. You'll also find local eateries serving filling plates of comida criolla (local food) for little money. Fast-food restaurants abound, as do food carts and stalls where you can buy local favorites such as empanadillas (chicken- or beef-stuffed turnovers), rellenos de papa (fried potato balls stuffed with meat) and alcapurrias (plantain wraps filled with meat and seafood) for a dollar or two.  Click here to see the full Ponce travel guide on Travel42 »

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