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Here, you will find only my visit of the historical center of the city, as I didn't take pictures while shopping. I have a collection of pictures of the recently refurbished central plaza. Everything is stuck in the 1800s, and it's absolutely enchanting to see the setting of a different time period with modern figures among them. It seems to clash a little more noticably than in Viejo San Juan or San Germán, I suppose because of the time period. There is a natural beauty about Ponce, and a great stmosphere about it, too. Although there were police officers everywhere with machine guns at the time, you couldn't help but to feel safe where you were.

Here, you find that Ponce is truly a "diamond in the rough." With the massive renovation project of the historical center, just a block away, you can see what it really was; a conglomeration of bricks which still happened to be somewhat mortared. The aged look of the posterior of the historical center gives an eerie yet inspiring vibe. It's really wonderful to see 19th century buildings still standing and falling apart with natural grace.

Named after the infamous Juan Ponce de Leon who went in search of the equally renowned Fountain of Youth, Ponce has an ornate fountain in his honor, with another monument on the southern end by the beaches.

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  • Pros:Atmosphere, People, Beauty
  • Cons:Parking
  • In a nutshell:A trip worth making
  • Last visit to Ponce: Mar 2005
  • Intro Written Jun 3, 2005
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