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Ponce
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Ponce

Ponce is a city located in the south-central region of Puerto Rico. Founded in 1692, it is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. It is the second-largest city on the island and is known for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant nightlife, and stunning beaches.

Ponce is located in the southern coastal plain region of the island, about an hour and a half from San Juan. It is a port city, with a deep-water harbor, and is the gateway to the Caribbean Sea. It is a popular destination for tourists, who come to enjoy its many attractions, including the historic downtown area, the Ponce Art Museum, the Parque de Bombas, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and the beaches of La Guancha.

The city has a long and colorful history. It was founded in 1692 by Juan Ponce de Leon, the first Spanish governor of Puerto Rico. During the 19th century, it became an important political and cultural center, and was known as the "Pearl of the South". In 1898, it was the site of a major battle during the Spanish-American War, known as the Battle of Ponce.

Today, Ponce is a vibrant city, with a strong economy and a thriving arts and culture scene. It is a popular destination for travelers, who come to enjoy its many attractions, its rich history, and its vibrant nightlife.

Excursion tips for a day in Ponce

Ponce is a vibrant city in Puerto Rico that offers a wide range of activities for tourists to enjoy. Here are some ideas for a great day in Ponce:

1. Explore the iconic Ponce Cathedral, a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

2. Visit the Ponce Firefighters Museum, one of the most popular attractions in the city.

3. Take a stroll through the historic downtown area, which is full of interesting shops and restaurants.

4. Relax on the beach at La Guancha Boardwalk and take in the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.

5. Visit the Castillo Serrallés, a 19th-century sugar plantation that has been turned into a museum.

6. Take a tour of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, a world-renowned art museum.

7. Enjoy a traditional Puerto Rican meal at one of the many restaurants in the city.

8. Spend the day at La Parguera Nature Reserve, a stunning area with mangrove forests, lagoons, and coral reefs.

9. Shop for local souvenirs at the Parque de Mercado, a bustling market full of vendors.

10. Visit Tibes Indigenous Ceremonial Center, a fascinating archaeological site with artifacts from the native Taino people.

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The climate in Ponce

Ponce in Puerto Rico has a tropical climate with high humidity and temperatures throughout the year. In the winter months (December to March), temperatures range from lows of around 68°F (20°C) to highs of around 86°F (30°C). The summer months (May to October) are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from lows of around 75°F (24°C) to highs of around 90°F (32°C). The spring and fall months (April and November) are warm and humid with temperatures ranging from lows of around 72°F (22°C) to highs of around 85°F (29°C). In general, Ponce in Puerto Rico experiences warm and humid weather all year round.

Cruise weather for Ponce

Our weather forecast for Ponce helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 30.1 °C
min: 26 °C
26.3 m/s
29.9 m/s
60.7 %
21.7 m
76.7 %
1,017 hPa
06:00:11
19:05:11
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 26 °C
28.4 m/s
32.0 m/s
84.2 %
24.1 m
72.0 %
1,017 hPa
06:00:31
19:04:59
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 25.3 °C
29.2 m/s
33.8 m/s
57.5 %
23.7 m
72.6 %
1,017 hPa
06:00:52
19:04:46
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 25.8 °C
25.2 m/s
34.6 m/s
95.4 %
22.9 m
77.8 %
1,018 hPa
06:01:12
19:04:31
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 31.7 °C
min: 24.7 °C
24.1 m/s
26.6 m/s
51.9 %
24.0 m
70.3 %
1,016 hPa
06:01:33
19:04:16
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 23.8 °C
28.4 m/s
28.8 m/s
46.8 %
24.1 m
69.6 %
1,016 hPa
06:01:53
19:04:00
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 25.6 °C
28.4 m/s
32.0 m/s
46.3 %
24.1 m
71.0 %
1,017 hPa
06:02:13
19:03:42
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 25.6 °C
27.7 m/s
31.0 m/s
82.9 %
21.9 m
72.8 %
1,019 hPa
06:02:33
19:03:24
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 30.3 °C
min: 26 °C
29.5 m/s
45.4 m/s
92.9 %
24.1 m
72.5 %
1,018 hPa
06:02:53
19:03:05
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 31.7 °C
min: 25.8 °C
29.9 m/s
34.2 m/s
39.6 %
24.1 m
70.3 %
1,017 hPa
06:03:12
19:02:44
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 25.1 °C
29.5 m/s
30.2 m/s
61.3 %
24.1 m
71.0 %
1,018 hPa
06:03:32
19:02:23
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 25.1 °C
26.6 m/s
31.0 m/s
37.6 %
24.1 m
74.3 %
1,018 hPa
06:03:51
19:02:00
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 30.0 °C
min: 26.3 °C
25.6 m/s
27.7 m/s
94.9 %
24.1 m
72.8 %
1,018 hPa
06:04:10
19:01:37
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 30.7 °C
min: 26.3 °C
28.1 m/s
29.5 m/s
42.0 %
24.1 m
68.7 %
1,017 hPa
06:04:29
19:01:12
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 25.3 °C
31.0 m/s
31.0 m/s
7.3 %
24.1 m
73.0 %
1,016 hPa
06:04:48
19:00:47

Cruises to Ponce

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Scheduled ship calls in Ponce, Puerto Rico
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