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Resident Inspection Office Ponce

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Resident Inspection Office (RIO) Ponce is located in Ponce, PR.  Puerto Rico's second largest city, “La Ciudad de los Leones” (City of Lions). Ponce is situated on the south coast of Puerto Rico, a one and a half hour drive from San Juan. RIO Ponce is co-located with the Customs and Border Protection Maritime Unit, near the popular La Guancha and Ponce Playa.


Resident Inspection Office Ponce performs a wide range of Marine Safety roles.  With only 4 active duty personnel, RIO Ponce helps maintain the safety and security of the ports in the south and west coasts of Puerto Rico.

Contact Information:

LT Javier E. Lopez                          
Calle Bonaire #41
Ponce, PR 00716                                   
Tel. (787) 284-4823                          
Fax. (787) 284-4738

Life in Ponce

Ponce has much to offer in the area.  Local activities are numerous, particularly water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, diving/snorkeling, and sailing. There are plenty of beautiful beaches to choose from, including the spectacular “Caracoles” in La Parguera, reachable only by small boat. A modern shopping mall keeps shoppers happy, but culture is what really defines Ponce and the surrounding areas.  Although the area is bilingual, Spanish is the dominant language.  For additional information on life and entitlements at RIO Ponce, please see our Welcome Aboard Letter.

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Last Modified 7/16/2015