Vigia Cross, La Cruceta del Vigia, is located in Ponce and stands atop the Vigia Mountain (Cerro Vigia), which is actually more of a large hill. Vigia Cross is a large concrete observation tower in the shape of a cross standing about 100 feet high overlooking the city and the Caribbean Sea. You can tour the structure by either taking the elevator up to the top or you can walk up 10 stories if you prefer the stairrcase. At the top is a large expanse of windows that provide great views of the city and Caribbean Sea. Tickets are required to enter Vigia Cross, which can either be purchased at the tower or at Serralles Castle, which is across the street. The structure also contains historial artifacts, a gift store, and restrooms. The surrounding grounds also include Ponce spelled out in stones on the hillside as well as a japanese garden and a butterfly pavillion.
Vigia Hill was originally used as a lookout point for the city of Ponce to both protect it from pirates as well as serve as to communicate with trade ships. A wooden cross with different flags hung from it was used at the top of the hill to communicate with ships and the townspeople. The concrete cross was built as a representation of this history, however there is a replica wooden cross next to the structure as well.
Vigia Cross is open from Thursday through Sunday from 9:30am to 6:30pm, however the last tour starts at 5:30. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. You can call ahead for information or to confirm operating hours at 787-259-3816. The tower is maintained and managed by the city of Ponce.