View of Plaza Las Delicias from the Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino.


Immerse yourself in the colorful architecture, historic art, and stunning natural beauty of this hub of culture and history.

Puerto Rico's southern region is comprised of 11 towns that offer visitors remote beaches nestled up to the calm waters of the Caribbean and marinas for boating excursions. This area is a natural destination for outdoor recreation such as water sports and sightseeing. 


Driving distance from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU): 1.5–2 hours

Driving distance from Rafael Hernández International Airport (BQN): 2.5–3 hours

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VIEQUES CULEBRA & VIEQUES CULEBRA y NORTH NORTE METRO SOUTH SUR WEST OESTE CENTRAL MOUNTAINS CORDILLERA CENTRAL EAST ESTE Culebra Vieques Guánica Cabo Rojo Rincón Salinas Ponce Coamo San Juan Carolina Bayamón Ciales Utuado Orocovis Dorado Manatí Arecibo Rìo Grande Caguas Fajardo

No passport needed for U.S. travelers

Since Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States, American citizens and permanent residents don't need a passport to travel to the Island. However, they must always travel with a valid ID, such as driver license or a state ID card.

The red-and-black-striped Parque de Bombas, a former fire station in. Ponce, Puerto Rico, is illuminated at night.

Parque de Bombas, a former fire station, is one of Ponce's most iconic sights.

Things to Do

The South region offers notable historical and cultural attractions. In Ponce, you can visit museums like Museo de Arte de Ponce and Castillo Serrallés, and see colorful landmarks of colonial and European architecture, including el Parque de Bombas and la Cruceta del Vigía.

To cool off from the southern heat, visit Ponce’s famous Pelícano Beach, located on the small island of Caja de Muertos, which is a beautiful nature reserve a short boat trip from the city. Another point of interest in the southern region is the Hot Springs of Coamo. Legend has it that the hot springs are the fountain of youth that Juan Ponce de León, the first governor of the island, searched for during his exploration of the New World. Experience its rejuvenating powers for yourself!

A couple enjoys their cocktails at a restaurant in Ponce.

Lola Eclectic Cuisine offers excellent service and a menu that will suit everyone from carnivores to vegans.

Where to Eat

The southern region is well distinguished by its fresh seafood restaurants and mesones gastronómicos like El Roble in Salinas. The mesones are iconic restaurants outside the metropolitan area that offer specialties of local cuisine as well as other Caribbean and international dishes. These gastronomic destinations can be found around piers and fishing villages in the towns of Ponce, Arroyo, and Salinas.

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