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Experience Plaza Las Delicias in Ponce

As the main plaza in the Puerto Rican city of Ponce, Plaza Las Delicias features landscaped gardens, sparkling fountains and many noteworthy monuments and buildings, including the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (more often referred to simply as Ponce Cathedral), and the historic firehouse building Parque de Bombas. Bordering the Plaza Las Delicias is the Teatro Fox Delicias to the north, the Ponce City Hall to the south, the Armstrong-Poventud Residence to the west, and to the east are two historic buildings which previously housed the first banking institutions in Puerto Rico – the Banco de Ponce and Banco Crédito y Ahorro Ponceño. The Plaza Las Delicias dates back to the time of early Spanish settlement in Puerto Rico's history, and is actually a combination of two squares – Plaza Degetau and Plaza Muñoz – with the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and the Parque de Bombas located between them.

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La Guancha Recreational and Cultural Complex

If you're looking for some entertainment or relaxation in the city of Ponce, be sure to make your way to the La Playa barrio where you will find the La Guancha Recreational and Cultural Complex. Opened in June 1998, the area boasts fine facilities that the whole family can enjoy.

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Tricentennial Park in Ponce

Ponce is a city brimming with cultural and historical attractions, many of which are found in the Ponce Historic Zone. Located in the Barrio Tercero, Tricentennial Park (Parque del Tricentenario) stands at the entrance of this Historic Zone. The large urban park was established in 1992 to celebrate the 300th anniversary Ponce's founding. Tricentennial Park encompasses the main entrance of the Ponce Historic Zone, The Bridge of the Lions (El Puente de los Leones), The Illustrious Ponce Citizens Plaza (Parque de los Ponceños Ilustres), The Francisco Porrata Doria Architecture Plaza (Plaza de la Arquitectura Francisco Porrata Doria), and The Latin American Statesmen Plaza (Plaza de los Próceres Latinoamericanos).

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Cementerio Católico San Vicente de Paul

Tucked away in Magueyes Urbano, a residential suburb of Ponce, is the historical landmark of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery (Cementerio Católico San Vicente de Paul). This strictly Catholic cemetery was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by the priests of San Vicente de Paul Catholic Church, and in 1901 parishioners were invited to buy burial plots at the price of $60 each. This price put the plots beyond the reach of anyone but the wealthy, who built elaborately decorated graves and mausoleums, many of which remain today. Named in honor of the French Roman Catholic priest who was known for his dedication to relieving the suffering of the poor, the Cementerio Católico San Vicente de Paul is the only cemetery in Puerto Rico featuring a type of catacomb – a group of niches forming an underground burial chamber.

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Albergue Caritativo Tricoche in Ponce

The Albergue Caritativo Tricoche, also referred to as Hospital Tricoche, is an extremely significant building in the city of Ponce, not only for its historical value but for services it has provided to the community for centuries. The construction of this building would not have been possible if it was not for the endowment left by Mr Valentin Tricoche in his final will and testament in 1878. He left his funds to the City of Ponce and the money was well spent as a shelter hospital was constructed to assist the needy and poor communities of the city.

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Mona Island Lighthouse

The Mona Passage is located between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. To make the passage safer for boats, it was decided to construct a lighthouse on Mona Island. The lighthouse is located on the eastern side of the island and the Spanish Government had two sets of plans commissioned in 1885 and 1886. Since its construction it has become a historical monument and attraction for the Puerto Rican tourism industry.

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Basilica Menor de la Virgen de Monserrate

When touring the city of Hormigueros in Puerto Rico, be sure to stop off at one of its most elegant and awe-inspiring attractions: the Basilica Menor de la Virgen de Monserrate. Its exact date of construction has not been determined, but radiocarbon testing and studies have estimated the year 1570 CE. Don Gerardo Gonzales was a wealthy land owner who commissioned the construction of the basilica, which was a dedication to the Virgin of Montserrat.

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Mountain Biking in Puerto Rico

Mountain biking is a great way to explore Puerto Rico, and there are a number of trails designed to allow hikers and cyclists to see some of the most beautiful parts of the island. Some of the more popular trails include the Guanica State Forest Trail, Aguadilla Coastal Trail, Cerrio Gordo Trail, Corredor Ecologico, and Domes Rincon Trail. Some of the trails will challenge even the most expert riders, while others offer a more leisurely pace. Local tour guides hiring out bikes or the local tourism office will be able to direct you as to which trail will suit your level of fitness and capabilities.

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