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Utopía

 

Utopía (Calle Isabel 78), conveniently located in Plaza Las Delicias, has the most imaginative and interesting selection of gift items and handicrafts in Ponce. Prominently displayed are vegigantes, brightly painted carnival masks inspired by carnival rituals and crafted from papier-mâché. In Ponce, where many of these masks are made, they sell at bargain prices of between $20 and $500, depending on their size. Other items include cigars, pottery, clothing, and jewelry; gifts imported from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Mexico; and rums from throughout the Caribbean. Julio and Carmen Aguilar are the helpful and enthusiastic owners, who hail from Ecuador and Puerto Rico, respectively.

The big mall in town is Plaza del Caribe (Hwy. 2), located right off exit 104-B from the Luis A Ferrre Expressway 52. A smaller version of Plaza las Américas, there are still 140 stores, many of them similar to the San Juan mall, in more than 7,000 square feet of shopping space. If you are looking for it, you can find it here. Plus, there are lots of good places to eat, and a Cineplex movie theater as well.