Coffee History 101
Considered one of Puerto Rico's best remaining examples of a coffee plantation, Hacienda Buena Vista is an 87-acre agricultural complex which allows visitors a unique insight into Puerto Rican history. Built in 1833, the estate house is furnished with authentic pieces from the 1850s, and is perfumed with the scent of freshly roasted, freshly brewed coffee. Reservations required.
Over the Boardwalk
A fun stop where you can loiter with lively locals, the Paseo Tablado La Guancha is a popular spot for families, teens, couples and elders alike. Featuring picturesque kiosks with tempting local fare like fritters, seafood, refreshing drinks and live music, the boardwalk is also the departure point for a regular scheduled weekend ferry to "Caja de Muertos" (Coffin Island), a small island of pristine beaches and an old lighthouse (built in 1887). It gets even better than that. After sunset, the boardwalk becomes Ponce's main nightlife destination with fun and entertainment for all ages.
Take Me Out to the Graveyard
Discovered in 1975 after hurricane rains uncovered pottery, the Tibes Indian Ceremonial Center is the oldest cemetery in the Antilles with some 200 skeletons dating from 300 A.D. and plazas dating from 700 A.D. These ancient Indian sites include seven bateyes (ball fields), some carved with petroglyphs, said to have been used for a soccer-like game. On one of two dance grounds, stones line up with the sun during the equinox and solstice, making Tibes a pre-Columbian astronomical observatory. The Tibes also features a museum, an exhibit hall, and a reconstructed Taíno Indian village complete with huts, dance and sporting fields.
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