When you fly to Mercedita Airport (PSE) you ll be around four miles from Ponce city center. One of the best times to visit Ponce is at Carnival time. Known locally as Carnaval de Ponce, or Carnaval Ponceno, this week-long party dates back to at least 1858 and it is typically held in February and it starts on the Wednesday before Ash Wednesday.
Cultural activities and festivals take place all year round, the city is full of history, the climate is pleasant (with two wet seasons, May and September-October), and, perhaps best of all, it's under four hours from New York.
The attractions in Ponce are almost endless. Local museums and galleries include the Museum of Puerto Rican Music on Reina Isabel/Salud, which is excellent and allows visitors to try local and indigenous instruments.
The Museo de Arte on Av. Las Americas includes not just local artworks, but also centuries of work from American and European masters of art.
Seafood and pork dishes in Ponce are practically worth the trip on their own. Hotels include many of the major US chains, mostly out of town, as well as a concentration of local businesses around Plaza Las Delicias.
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