Ponce is Puerto Rico’s second-largest city and is nicknamed the "Pearl of the South." Life here seems to move at a slower pace than San Juan, and that’s the way locals like it. For them, there’s nothing better than an evening or weekend stroll around Plaza Las Delicias, the main square, which is full of history and entertainment. Stop by the unmissable red-and-black–wooden firehouse (now a museum) to learn more about the central roles that fire and firefighting have played in Ponce’s history. Then work your way around the square to see Ponce’s symbol, the lion, anchoring each side of the plaza, the church, the fountains, and finally, Kings Cream, a no-frills emporium that sells small cups of ice cream—with flavors such as passion fruit, peanut, guava, and coconut—at bargain prices.
Constructed in 1670, the Plaza of Delights is the heart of Ponce’s historic zone. It consists of plazas and churches and decorative colonial homes, fountains, and a unique fire station - Parque de Bombas. Plaza Las Delicias also features the Lions Fountain, statues, and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral.