Ponce, Puerto Rico

GFNY Puerto Rico is held in the city of Ponce. Known as the "Pearl of the South," Ponce is located on Puerto Rico's south coast and is distinguished by its historical and cultural attractions. It's the second-largest city on the Island and has over 500 years of history.
Ponce is famous for its beautiful neoclassical buildings and colonial architecture, especially in the Ponce Historic Zone, which includes the Ponce Cathedral and its iconic Parque de Bombas. This old fire station has been turned into a museum. The city is also known for its cultural scene, which hosts several museums, including the Ponce Museum of Art. This museum is famous for its extensive European and Puerto Rican art collections, and houses the largest art collection in the Caribbean.
The city is surrounded by natural beauty, including the nearby Caja de Muertos island, a nature reserve known for its beaches and hiking trails, and the northern mountains, which offer scenic views and outdoor activities.
Discover amazing food, drinks and shops while exploring the urban side of Puerto Rico, where history and culture intersect with city life and nature. Only 1 hour away from San Juan, Ponce blends elements of the Old World, like cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, with all the amenities of modern urban life, like craft cocktails, contemporary dining, shopping, and nightlife. Immerse yourself in the culture and explore the wealth of art, food, adventure, nature and beauty that is waiting to be discovered.

Historical Landmarks

Ponce, known as “La Perla del Sur" (The Pearl of the South), boats several historical landmarks the reflects its rich cultural heritage and history.

1. Parque de Bombas: An iconic firehouse located in Plaza Las Delicias, Ponce’s main square. Originally built as the main pavilion for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair, it later became the city’s first fire station. Its distinctive red and black striped exterior makes it one of the most recognizable landmarks in Ponce.

2. Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: This cathedral, also facing Plaza Las Delicias, is a significant religious historical building. It has been rebuilt and restored several times since its original construction in the 17th century, reflecting a mix of architectural styles.

3. Castillo SerrallesA Spanish revival style mansion built in 1930s for the Serralles family, owners of a sugar cane and rum business. The mansion, set on a hill overlooking the city, is now a museum showcasing the history of the sugar and rum industries in Puerto Rico. The Serralles family created the Don Q rum.

4Museo de Arte de Ponce: Founded in 1959 by Luis A. Ferré, it houses one of the most important art collections in the Caribbean, including works from Europe and the Americas.

5. La Cruceta del Vigia A large cross located on a hill overlooking the city. It’s the spot where guards used to watch for ships approaching the harbor. 

6. Plaza del Caribe: While not historical in the traditional sense, it is one of the largest and most important shopping centers in the southern region of Puerto Rico, reflecting the modern growth and development. 

7. Hacienda Buena Vista: An old coffee plantation located just outside Ponce, this historical landmark offers a glimpse into Puerto Rico's agrarian past and the coffee industry's role in its history. You pass it on the race course, but make a point to stop by for a visit before or after the race.

8. Teatro La Perla: A historic theater in the heart of Ponce, known for its neoclassical architecture and cultural significance. It has been a center for the performing arts since the 19th Century.

These landmarks, contribute to the historical and cultural fabric of Ponce, Puerto Rico. 


Nightlife in Puerto Rico ranges from buzzing hotel nightclubs to low-key beach bars to roadside chinchorros (food stands) that transform into lively dance parties after dark. Ponce has several places to go and have a great night out. In the heart of Ponce is where everything happens, from eating great food and going to a nice bar and hangout with family and friends. There's always something to do.