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Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

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Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

30 teens & adults are staying in Coto Laurel at a church retreat center. On our day off, we will be going to La Guancha Beach, is this a nice area to spend the day? Can we swim, get some lunch, etc.? Any ideas, welcome!

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1. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

Although it's located in the south coast, Ponce doesn't have any beaches. La Guancha itself is actually a boardwalk where you can eat, drink, feed the large fish, and just have a good time. The ocean is basically across from it, however I don't believe that the water there is swimmable. But even if it were, I wouldn't recommend swimming in it, as it's not a nice beach. I would recommend going to Caja de Muertos instead, which is the island right off Ponce. The island has a nice swimmable beach. If you do go, be sure to bring enough food and water, as I believe that the boat that goes there has a limited schedule. You might be there for several hours.

Playa Santa in Guanica is also an option. It's a nice, calm, swimmable beach located about 40 minutes west of Ponce.

If you prefer to stay in the city of Ponce, there are other things to do such as the city center, where the old firehouse is located, the Serrallés mansion and La Cruceta del Vigía (you can see the entire city from it), and the Tibes Ceremonial Park. It also has a very nice mall right off the main road called Plaza del Caribe.

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2. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

Thank you for the info. Please share any other advice for travelling in PR (Coto Laurel/Ponce) with 15 teens.

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3. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

What kind of advise do you need? Transportation? Places to go? Please provide details.

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4. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

First, we will need a place to eat lunch when we arrive at San Juan. We will be staying at a facility in Coto Laurel. What is that area like? We will be serving people in Ponce Mon., Tues. Thurs. & Fri. Our day off is Wed. that is when we are to go to that boardwalk area.

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5. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

"we will need a place to eat lunch when we arrive at San Juan"

Metropol in Isla Verde (authentic PRican/Cuban)

Lupis in Isla Verde (TexMex)

Mi Casita in Isla Verde (authentic PRican)

There are plenty of fast foods and chain restaurants in the Isla Verde area: Chili's, Burger King, Taco Maker, KFC, Dennis.

"We will be staying at a facility in Coto Laurel. What is that area like?"

Coto is very rural. There's absolutely nothing to do there, but there are stores, fast foods and chain restaurants, and shopping centers nearby.

Tip: Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and try your best to not go out at night. Ponce can be sketchy at night, specially in areas like Coto.

Edited: 23 June 2014, 20:40
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6. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

Thanks so much for your help :-)

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7. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

What are some important customs that I can make the teens aware of? I would hate to offend...

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8. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

In terms of...?

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9. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

Is the tap water in PR safe to drink?

The facility we are staying at just told us that we cannot flush toilet paper in the toilets..?

Any ideas on what that could be about ;-)

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10. Re: Will be in Ponce on a Christian Mission trip in July,

Regarding the TP issue, it is probably due to prevent any possible clogging on drainage system; either because of construction faults, no city sewage available and housing has septic tank.

Tap water is safe, but currently in PR there is a heavy dry weather and tap water during the day could be limited during some hours. Just buy a gallon pp and have that in own rooms, with just one small plastic bottle to refill.

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