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South | Discover Puerto Rico

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 excursions and sightseeing. 


Driving distance from San Juan’s airport: 1.5–2 hours

Driving distance from Aguadilla’s airport: 2.5–3 hours

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Explore the South Region







CulebraViequesGuánicaCabo RojoRincónSalinasPonceCoamoSan JuanCarolinaBayamónCialesUtuadoOrocovisDoradoManatíAreciboRìo GrandeCaguasFajardo

Things to Do

The South region offers notable historical and cultural riches. 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!

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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More Places to Explore


An intricate mix of culture, nature, and gastronomy.

Ruta de la Empanadilla in Guayanilla


Guayanilla is a piece of paradise adorned with beautiful coasts and luscious mountains.

A statue commemorating the Three Kings in Juana Diaz.

Juana Díaz

Juana Díaz is the town of the Three Kings.

The journey to Charco Azul is as stunning as the destination.  


Patillas is where the mountains and the coast meet.


Waterfalls, history, and more in “The Valley of the Flamboyant Trees.”

Stroll along El Malecón and enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, bars and photo opps. 

Santa Isabel

“The Land of Champions” offers an abundance of natural beauty and baseball.

Puerto Rico South Region — Best Places to Visit & Things to Do

The most popular town is Ponce, the second-largest city in Puerto Rico.  Depending on your interests you can spend a day or a full week exploring the southern region.  Because of the region’s central location, if you choose accommodations on the south side and get a car rental, you will have easy access to other attractions around the island in the west and east regions.

Caja de Muertos Island

For beach lovers, head to Caja de Muertos Island, an offshore secluded island with a gorgeous beach, hiking trails, and great snorkeling.

 + Caja de Muertos Island — Puerto Rico

Top Rated Tours — Offshore Islands & Keys on the South Coast

Go to Plaza de Las Delicias for a Walk Around the

Historic & Cultural Center of Ponce

Ponce is the most visited town on the south region with a number of interesting places to visit.  Visitors will enjoy walking around the main square to admire the architecture, visit museums, and historic sites.  During weekends visitors may find cultural events celebrated at the Plaza de Las Delicias.   The best place to start is by taking a stroll around the plaza of Ponce.  Ponce did suffer damage from the earthquakes in 2020, since then many buildings are being restored. 

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Top Rated Tours to Ponce, Puerto Rico

La Parguera – Lajas

Just 50 minutes from Ponce, you can spend an entire day swimming on the clear waters surrounding the cays of La Parguera Nature Reserve.    It is one of the best places to kayak on the south west coast of Puerto Rico, where you can spend hours paddling through mangrove channels.   La Parguera is a very popular foodies destination with traditional Puerto Rican food at local rates, during the weekends there’s typically live music and local artisan kiosks.  Lajas is home to one of the bioluminescent bays of Puerto Rico, a magical experience you can’t miss while in Puerto Rico.

+ La Parguera Nature Reserve — Lajas, PR

Top Rated Tours to la Parguera Keys & Bio Bay (from Lajas)

Go Sailing & Explore

Bahia de Jobos Nature Reserve – Guayama

In the southeast coastal towns of Salinas & Guayama, visitors can sail to explore Bahia de Jobos (Jobos Bay).  Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve consists of mangroves, coral reefs, seagrass beds, mudflats, and evergreen littoral forests.  Bahia de Jobos is a rich natural educational resource for students and researchers on the island.   Locals love exploring the cays and snorkeling the coral reefs by kayak or boat.  Visitors can book a sailing trip to explore the cays.

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Sailing Charters — South Coast of Puerto Rico

Gilligan’s Island – Guanica

We love this place…you’ll love it too, the clearest water on the southern coast…just 45 minutes from Ponce.  Swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, enjoyment for the whole family, romantics will find spots just for two.  After enjoying Gilligan’s, stop by Copamarina Resort for a nice lunch, some drinks or dinner, and sunset.

Unlike Caja de Muertos, the ferry runs from Tuesday to Sunday, tickets are under $10 per person.   You may also book a private charter, taking care of all the details.

+ Gilligan’s Island  — Guanica, Puerto Rico

Top Rated Tours to Gilligan’s Island & Guanica Activities

Centro Ceremonial Indígena Tibes

Centro Ceremonial Indígena Tibes is the oldest Antillian Indigenous ceremonial complex.  The flooding of Hurricane Eloisa in 1975, uncovered a great archeological treasure in Ponce of great significance to the Antilles and the Puerto Rican people.  

+  Centro Ceremonial Indigena Tibes — Ponce, PR

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Taino Cultural Tours

Visit Hacienda de Café Pomarosa

Leave the city and head up to the mountains to Hacienda Buena Vista, there you can enjoy a guided tour of what used to be one of the most important coffee plantations in Puerto Rico. Hacienda Buena Vista was built in the mid-19th century.   Visitors can learn about the methods of coffee production back in the 1800s.   The plantation was purchased from the Vives family in 1984 by The Conservation Trust of Puerto RicoHacienda Buena Vista is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Visit Hacienda de Café Pomarosa

If you’re a coffee-lover, make a call to make a reservation and head up to the mountains for a tour of a charming Hacienda with passionate coffee growers.  Learn about the island’s coffee history, coffee production in their plantation, and a fun tasting at the end.  Their coffee is delicious and best of all you will be able to grab a bag of fresh coffee to take home.

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Tours are from Tuesday – Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm.  Be sure to call and make a reservation in advance to secure a spot.

  • Tel: 787-844-3541
  • Cost of Tour: $20 per p/p /  Children (10 and under) – $10. (Prices subject to change)

Guanica State Forest – Guanica

The Guánica State Forest is a subtropical dry forest located in southwest Puerto Rico with a number of hiking trails through the forest and along the beach where you can bird watch, swim, enjoy sweeping views of the coastline and mountainside and see flora specimens unique to this forest.   The area was designated as a forest reserve in 1919 and a United Nations Biosphere Reserve in 1981.

Ranger station will be happy to give you maps and suggestions to explore the forest.  Drive to Guanica State Forest is about 45 minutes from Ponce.

+  Guanica, Puerto Rico

Castillo Serrales – Ponce, PR

Castillo Serralles, a 4 story mansion built in the early 1930’s designed with an elegant Spanish revival style.  The mansion was built by Juan Serrales, son of Juan Serralles, founder of Destileria Serralles (Serralles Distillery), which was the family’s headquarters for 70 years.   Today the mansion houses a museum; it is one of the most photographed buildings in Puerto Rico, a popular venue for events and weddings, and one of the most visited attractions in Ponce.  As you drive around town you can see Castillo Serralles sitting at the top of the hill next to La Cruceta overlooking the center city of Ponce.

+ Castillo Serralles — Ponce, Puerto Rico

Visit the Colorful Hills of Yauco

Macromural Brisa Tropical / Yaucromatic

If you ask anyone about the town of Yauco, they’ll first tell you about the colorful hillside.   For the past few years, Yaucromatric, a non-profit organization began to take abandoned and not-so-attractive spaces in town and converted them into works of art.  Their colorful eye-catching work began to change the look of the town, turning it into an attraction and pulling residents from all over the island to visit Yauco.  The art has helped the economy of Yauco and revived the spirit of the residents, especially life with Hurricane Maria, the colors certainly were uplifting.

We invite visitors to take a drive along the south and make a stop in Yauco.  The most visited area is “Macromural Brisa Tropical”, a street full of colors; every house, stairway, and walls painted with the happiest colors.  Samuel Gonzalez led the community with this fun project.  On Sundays, the street is filled with music, a few street vendors, and just happy people walking around and taking selfies in the most colorful street on the island.

Top Rated Tours w/ stop in Yaucromatic

Flying Options

  • San Juan Airport, offering the most daily flight and choice of airlines (about 45 minutes away).
  • Meredita International Airport in Ponce – Many locals fly into Ponce and budget-savvy travelers may want to check rates.

Driving from San Juan

From the San Juan International Airport (Luis Munoz Marin), head south on Rt. 52. Most towns are easily accessible from Rt. 52.

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MYSTERY: Russian billionaire zagina with helicopter Monaco (PICTURES) — Light


Russian billionaire, borrowing from cryptocurrencies, there will be fewer cases when a businessman masturbates under mysterious circumstances. Helicopter for 53-year-old businessman Vyacheslav Taran is broken into a clear and sunny day close to Monaco. The aircraft is flying close to the resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer from Lausanne, Switzerland.

Taran is the third Russian billionaire, has started in the past few weeks, write to DailyMail. Minalata Week 30th Anniversary Tianthian Kulander an initiative to take off, dokato negovite colleague crypto millionaire 29th Anniversary Nikolay Mushegian hit the beach in Puerto Rico, posting a message on the social network, fearing that the CIA and the Mossad would kill him.

This catastrophic catastrophe, when Taran sank for some time, it appeared at a bad and clear time, and a trace of the message that a friend of the pilgrim did not cancel it at the last moment — the mystery of obgirna smartt on a billionaire.

Taran, co-founder of the trading platform and investor of Libertex and Forex Club, fly from Lozan with an experienced pilot to a single-engine h230 helicopter, which breaks around 13:00 on November 25th. At the place of the bend and the 35th year of the French pilot.

Crypto millionaire Nikolai Mushegian, died mysteriously in a drowning after tweeting that he feared the CIA and Mossad were going to murder him.
Now, two more crypto billionaires have died in mysterious circumstances.

What the hell is going on?

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 29, 2022

Deputy prosecutor on Nica, someone visit the scene of this, kaza, why can’t you turn off the blame and on the third face.

Local media dispute, a friend of an unidentified visitor tried to join Taran during the flight, but he changed his intentions at the last moment.

Taran, an extremely successful offshore specialist, who has been living in Monaco for the last ten years, and has three children from his wife Olga, who is the owner of Hello Monaco media.

A passenger who was supposed to ride the helicopter with the Russian crypto billionaire Vyacheslav Taran ‘canceled’ last minute.

— Crypto Dreams (@thecryptodreams) November 29, 2022

The Ukrainian news agency UNIAN told, without any evidence that Taran was beaten by “crypto billionaire, probably out of sync with Russians”. Tvardi se, the fourth is connected with the agency for foreign espionage SVR and dissuaded for «prana on Russian funds through the system from the operation with cryptocurrencies».

Traces of the helicopternate catastrophe waved from the condolences of the family hall in Monaco.

“Since the beginning of the Libertex Group’s death on its own co-founder and chairman of the board on the director Vyacheslav Taran after the disaster with the helicopter, stood on the side of Monaco on November 25, 2022”, this is a statement to the company’s statement to the financier.

«Board on the director of the Libertex Group and the servants of the company utter my sincere condolences and sympathy to the Taran family. Taran beshe “is well known and much respected by the businessman, described as kind-hearted, courteous and humble from a match, which is imach kasmeta and go to know”, he will also tell from the company about Taran’s death.

French authorities and Airbus, who are the makers of the h230 helicopter, carried out a horrific incident.

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