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Famed Residence of the Explorer

Casa Ponce de Leon is the famed home of historic explorer Ponce de Leon who lived on the island from 1502 to 1508. Located near the beautiful Parque Nacional del Este, the homestead is a major tourist attraction and must-see destination for history lovers.

The stone mansion is set next to the sugar plantation that de Leon ran. Restored to its 16th century grandeur, the mansion boasts a unique setting. Now a museum, the mansion features tours and showcases artifacts of the era. Getting to the mansion is a bit of an adventure as there are dirt roads and miles of fields in every direction.

Utrip Tips

*Hours are a bit sporadic for this. If it's not open when you get here, you can at least check out the house from the outside, and then get out and explore the town of San Rafael!

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