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 ice cream emporium that sells small cups of passionfruit, peanut, guava, and coconut ice cream (among other flavors) at bargain prices.