Florida, Puerto Rico

Florida, Puerto Rico

City of The Cayenalisa Pineapple

florida pinaFoundation: As a known ward, Florida (flo-REE-dah) goes back to the middle of the last century. It was known as Florida Afuera belonging to Manatí. Later it was annexed to Barceloneta. In the 60’s the committee Pro Municipio 78 was constituted by the people who wanted to gain the victory of Florida. From this effort the Senate project “Senado 980” was created thanks to Lic. Juan Cancel Ríos. In 1971 the governor Don Luis A. Ferré, had the honor and the satisfaction to approve the project and Florida was constituted as municipality.

mapa floridaLocation: Close to the nothern coast it borders north with Barceloneta and Manatí, south with Utuado and Ciales, west with Arecibo and east with Manatí and Ciales.
Area: 26.0 sq km / 10.0 sq. mi.
Population: 12,367 (census 2000)
Population Density: 475.6 per sq km / 1,236.7 per sq. mi.
People are known as:: Florideños o Floridianos
Florida is also known as:
Pueblo de la Piña Cayenalisa (City Of The Cayenalisa Pineapple)
La Tierra del Río Encantado (Land Of The Enchanted River)
Tierra de los Mogotes (Land Of Hills)

Wards: Florida is divided en various sectors:

Florida Adentro
San Agustín
Pueblo Viejo
Los Guanos
Los Vázquez
Parcelas Selgas
Parcelas Arroyo
Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Florida
Florida Adentro 12,367
Total 12,367

Información: Negociado del Censo de los EE.UU. Censo 2000

florida iglesiaMatron:
Nuestra Señora de la Merced
Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
P.O. Box 437
Florida, Puerto Rico 00650-0437
(787) 822-2670
Mass Schedule
Daily: 7:00pm – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
Saturday: 5:00pm – Nuestra Señora del Carmen; 7:00pm – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish
Sunday: 8:00am – Santa Rosa de Lima; 10:00am – Nuestra Señora de la Merced Parish


Topografía: Limited to the north with Barceloneta, to the west with Arecibo, to the south with Ciales and to the east with Manati. The municipality belongs to the plains of the north and is surrounded by limestone or mogotes that protect it during the hurricanes. One of the highest hills is the Selgas zero, from which you can observe the entire town of Florida.

Its topography has a particular touch thanks to its mogotes and caves, typical of the north carso. One of its most known caves in Roman cave. It has three caverns inside and two of them pass a stream of water. Other caves are: Cueva Miró and Cueva Juana Gómez.
Economy: Manufacturing (plastics), agriculture (pineapple y juice nectors).
Average Salary: $221.28 weekly (1998)

florida banderaFlag: Florida’s flag derives its colors and symbolism from the Coat Of Arms. It consists of three horizontal stripes, with the following colors and widths: green the superior and white the inferior, with five modules of width each one, the center one red, with a width of one module.

florida escudoCoat Of Arms: Field of silver, in an abyss, a gules (red) anchored cross, between two branches of bloomed poinsettias (Poinsettia Pulcherrima). The Almeneda Campaign in green with a stripe forming waves, sabered, outlined in silver. At the top, a three tower gold crown. The shield can be surrounded, to its flanks and bottom by two crossed coffee tree branches with fruits, in a natural way.

The anchored cross is taken from the shield of the Llanes lineage’s last name that in its modified form is “Yanes”, which corresponds to the history and toponymy of the municipality of Florida but with its colors inverted, because in the family shield the cross is silver and its field is red. It remembers that the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Merced and San Juan Nepomuceno of Florida preceded in existence to the town of this name.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.
Arecibo Region
Florida District

Name Level Telephone Address
ADOLFO EGÜEN K-6 (787) 822-2904 PO Box 1169, P.R. 00650-0000
JUANITA RAMÍREZ GONZÁLEZ PK-6 (787) 822-2190 PO Box 1167, P.R. 00650-0000
RICARDO RODRÍGUEZ TORRES K-6 (787) 822-1005 Box 1175, P.R. 00650-0000
FRANCISCO FRÍAS MORALES 7-9 (787) 822-2263 PO Box 1170, P.R. 00650-0000
High School
JUAN PONCE DE LEÓN II 10-12 (787) 822-2050 PO Box 366, P.R. 00650-0000

Hymn: By Celia Arenas

Florida jardín hermoso
que perfuma tu tierra
con fragancias de amor,
soy el bardo que canta
cual coquí enamorado.

De tu río encantado,
de tu gente y tu honor.
Tienen un raro encanto
tus montes vigilantes.

Parecen esmeraldas
tú eres el medallón.
Que luces apacible
sobre el pecho del río.

Pequeño pueblo mío
adorable anfitrión.
Y aunque de tí me aleje,
llevaré tu recuerdo.
Tu escudo y tu bandera,
sobre en mi corazón.

Levantaré mis manos
bendiciendo tu nombre.
Repitiendo tu himno,
que será mi oración.

Three Kings Festival – January
Aguinaldo Contest – January
Cayenalisa Pineapple Festival – July
Patron Festivities – September
Encantado River Cultural Festivities – October

Places To Visit:
Yanés Cultural Centre
Encantada Cave

Distinguished Citizens:
Francisco Frías
Luciano Sánchez – Lawyer
Mercy Soto – Doctor
Norberto Montoyo
Ovidio Santa – Lawyer


How to get to Florida from San Juan.

direction florida


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