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Parque de Bombas

This small, wooden fire station in the heart of Ponce is a historical and architectural monument.   

This historic firehouse is named for the traditional hand-pumped water units once used on the island. Situated in Ponce’s town center, the Parque de Bombas is hard to miss. Considered by many to be one of the most iconic building in Puerto Rico, the small wooden structure is painted in vibrant reds and blacks, the traditional colors of Ponce. The former fire station houses a museum that unveils the history of southern Puerto Rico, and includes fascinating information about Ponce, the firefighters and the great fire of 1899. A visit to the Parque is a great excursion for history buffs and families with young children, who will enjoy the traditional fire trucks.

The main exhibit explains the story behind the great fire of 1899. The fire that threatened the town of Ponce was defeated by seven fearless firefighters from the neighborhood of Parque de Bombas. These men became heroes within the town and the museum is named in their honor. Memorabilia and photographs from the early 20th century can be seen at the museum, including the axes used to fight fires.

The historic fire truck that serves as the centerpiece of the museum is a favorite of young visitors and a great photo backdrop. This truck has been lovingly restored and is painted vibrantly like the building.

Parque de Bombas is located in the town of Ponce, in southern Puerto Rico. Visitors staying in Ponce can reach the Parque on foot, or by joining a bus tour, which takes visitors to all the major attractions in town on a two-hour guided tour. Visitors staying elsewhere on the island can reach Ponce by car, and there is ample free parking in the town. Parque de Bombas is open daily and admission is free.


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Caribe Hotel ¥11,097
Caribe Hotel

Caribe Hotel

103 Turpo Industrial Park, Ponce
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ponce, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Parque de la Ceiba and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Parque de Bombas. Museum of the Ponce Massacre and Museo de la Musica Puertorriquena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino ¥9,956
    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

    Ponce Plaza Hotel & Casino

    Reina Street, Ponce
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Ponce Centro, this historic hotel is steps from Casa Armstrong-Poventud, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Parque de Bombas. Ponce History Museum and Teatro la Perla are also within 10 minutes.

      Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort ¥15,893
      Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

      Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort

      1150 Caribe Avenue, Ponce
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Nestled on the beach, this Ponce resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from La Guancha and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cardona Island Light. Parque de la Ceiba and Parque de Bombas are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce ¥9,862
        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

        Meliá Century Hotel Ponce

        #75 Calle Cristina, Ponce
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Ponce Centro, this hotel is steps from Museum of the History of Ponce and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.

          Gladiolas 2201 ¥14,507
          Gladiolas 2201

          Gladiolas 2201

          Calle Villa #121, Apt 2101, Ponce, Puerto Rico
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

            Chandelier 301 ¥13,433
            Chandelier 301

            Chandelier 301

            Calle Sol #26, Apt 301, Ponce, Puerto Rico
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

              Gladiolas 2104 ¥20,417
              Gladiolas 2104

              Gladiolas 2104

              Calle Villa #121, Apt 2101, Ponce, Puerto Rico
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

                Gladiolas 1102 ¥13,433
                Gladiolas 1102

                Gladiolas 1102

                Calle Villa #119, Apt 1102, Ponce, Puerto Rico
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Ponce Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Parque de Bombas. El Museo Castillo Serralles is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.