Quality Inn El Tuque
3330 Ponce By Pass
Phone: (787) 290-2000
Fax: (787) 290-2002
Situated a few miles away from downtown Ponce, El Vigia Hill is a tranquil mountain that stands tall at a height of 300 feet! The hill is home to a splendid Japanese garden that is an ideal place for picnics and retreats. Besides its scenic environs and the beautiful garden, El Vigia Hill is also visited by many to have a glimpse of the Cruz del Vigia, the 100 feet cross which can be seen from the observation tower. In a nutshell, El Vigia Hill is a must visit for anyone who visits Ponce.
One of the most photographed buildings in all of Puerto Rico, the Parque' Las Bambas is an Arabian-styled red and black striped building located in downtown Ponce. Constructed in 1882 as an industrial and agricultural fair pavilion, the fire house was restored as a museum in 1990 to commemorate the firemen that risked their lives to save the community from the many fires that plagued the city during the 1900s.
Located inside Ponce's grand Plaza Las Delicias, this is the seat of the local diocese. It was constructed during the 1920s and has a style that is strongly neo-Gothic. The main attraction at this church is its huge pipe organ, installed about six decades ago. The Virgen de la Guadalupe or Virgin of the Guadalupe, the patron saint of Puerto Rico and Mexico is honored here. This is a must-see during any walking or motor tour of the city of Ponce. Regularly scheduled Catholic services are held here.
Located in Ponce, the "Bateyes" or ceremonial ballpark of the Taino culture dates back to 700 A.D. It has nine ball fields and three plazas. Containing the largest burial ground, 186 human remains dating back to the 4th century have been located. The park offers archaeological and botanical displays. It is a sanctuary of pre-historic trees, native flora, and birds that existed during the Indian culture. The Museum has many interesting artifacts on display. There is a conference room and a documentary on different Indian cultures.
Guanica is divided into four distinct areas: Tamarindo, Jaboncillo, Manglillo Grande, and Manglillo Pequeño. Each offers recreational facilities. Tamarindo has an extensive beach and offers calm, crystal clear waters. Jaboncillo is a great venue for picnics and features picnic tables, restrooms, and plenty of natural shade provided by guayacan and tamarind trees. Manglillo Grande and Manglillo Pequeño are so named because of their beautiful red mangroves. Families and small children visit these beaches because of their shallow and calm waters. The Department of Natural Resources oversees the maintenance and management of all of these beaches.