Rincon, Puerto Rico

Rincón, Puerto Rico

Town of Beautiful Sunsets

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Punta Higüeras Lighthouse built by the Spaniards in 1890.

Foundation: Rincón (ring-KON) was founded in 1770. It was known formerly as Santa Rosa de Rincón. It is said that the name comes from Don González Rincón that was owner of the land.

Rincón has been receiving visitors since 1770, although many believe that Columbus made a brief visit in 1493. The local legend mentions Pirate Cofresí and his hidden treasure, that could be still buried in the beaches and hills of the area. In fact, Spanish treasures have been found in the clear and swallow waters of Rincón.

Since the celebration of the World Surfing Championship almost twenty years go, Rincón’s six beaches have turned into the winter mecca for people who practice surfing. Whales in danger of extinction can be observed in the area during the months of winter.

mapa rinconLocation: Rincón is approximately 15 miles north of Mayagüez and 11 miles southwest of Aguadilla. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north, south and west; and to the east with Ańasco and Aguada.
Area: 36.0 sq km / 13.8 sq mi
Population: 14,767 (census 2000)
Population Density: 410.1 per sq km / 1,070.0 per sq mi
People are known as: Rinconeños
Rincón is also known as:
El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres (Town of Beautiful Sunsets)
Los Surfers (The Surfers)
El Pueblo del “Surfing” (The Surf Town)

Wards: Rincón, Puerto Rico
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Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Rincón
Atalaya 824
Barrero 1,019
Calvache 2,169
Cruces 1,296
Ensenada 1,301
Jagüey 865
Pueblo 3,393
Puntas 1,679
Rincón Town 1,030
Río Grande 1,191
Total 14,767

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

Santa Rosa de Lima
Santa Rosa de Lima Parish
Apartado 128
Rincón, P.R. 00677
(787) 823-2650
Mass Schedule
Daily: 7:30am
Saturday: 7:30am & 7:30pm
Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am & 11:00am
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Santa Rosa de Lima Parish

rincon playaTopography: The municipality of Rincón constitutes the most prominent lands of the Western Coastal Valley region and of Puerto Rico. Its terrain is uniformly level, except for some small spurs of the San Francisco Mountains, found in the southeastern corner and in the Atalaya and Jaguey wards. The Atalaya hill with 362 meters (1,187 feet) is one of highest elevations of Rincón.
Hydrography: It is bathed by the Grande river, that borders with Aguada; born in the Jagüey ward it has a length of approximately 9.7 kilometers (6 miles). It is also has the Grande de Calvache, Los Ramos, Punta Ensenada, Piletas and the Caflo García gorges. The Grande de Calvache gorge, seven kilometers (4.5 miles) long, is the longest.
Climate: Temperatures average 73 degrees in winter and 85 degrees in summer.
Economy: It is known for its agricultre, based on the cultivation of sugar cane and fruit. Cattle ranching and tourism are other source of income. It has several industries that manufacture chemical, electrical and electronic products, scientific instruments and clothing.
Salario promedio: $249.71 semanal (1998)

rincon banderaFlag: The municipal assembly approved the flag on September 28, 1973. The central white star represents the urban zone. The surrounding nine stars represent the nine wards of the municipality. The red and orange colors symbolize the vigor and the vitality of the city. The yellow represents Christianity. The green represents vegetation and the hope of the progress of the municipality. Finally, the white represents purity and the unity between the wards and the urban zone.

rincon escudoEscudo: The shield consists of a green and orange Spanish blazon, with a yellow band inclined left to right. To the right and on a green background a cross, symbol of Christendom. To the left and on a orange background a Spanish ship, symbol of the discovery of Puerto Rico, in the coasts of Rincón. The orange color symbolizes vegetation and hope, and the yellow represents our Christendom. The banner has the inscription “Municipio de Rincón”.

Rincón public schools.

Name Level Telephone Address
CONRADO RODRÍGUEZ Elementary 787) 823-0005 PO Box 681
GENOVEVA PÉREZ Elementary 787) 823-5254 PO Box 1559
JORGE SEDA CRESPO Intermediate (787) 823-2087 PO Box 857
JUAN RUIZ PEDROZA Elementary (787) 823-5212 PO Box 1546
MAESTRO GANDIA Elementary (787) 823-1110 PO Box 1829
MANUEL GARCÍA PÉREZ (NUEVA) High School 787) 823-0335 PO Box 1823
MANUEL GONZÁLEZ MELO Secondary (787) 823-1197 PO Box 1806
OCTAVIO CUMPIANO Elementary 787) 823-5184 PO Box 1829

Hymn: Author Conrado Rodríguez

Rincón es mi pueblo querido
yo amo su cielo y su mar,
son verdes sus campos floridos
con brillo de sol tropical.

Las bellezas de sus montańas
son cual bendiciones de Dios.
Sus flores, su brisa y sus cańas
son gratos mensajes de amor.

Rincón, Rincón yo quiero
en tus playas vivir.
Rincón, Rincón yo quiero
en tus playas morir.

rincon humpback
One of many Humpback wahles that can be observed in the coasts of Rincón.

Coconut Festival – May
Matron Celebrations – August

Places To Visit:
Domes Beach
María Beach
Punta Del Mar
Punta Higüeras Lighthouse

Distinguished Citizens:
Domingo Bonet Santos – Senate legislator.
Juan Sánchez Martínez – First Puerto Rican named Commissioner of Human Rights in New York.

How to get to Rincón from San Juan.

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