Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

Land of Champions

santa isabel Santa Isabel (SAHN-tah ee-sah-BEL) is known as the “Land of Champions” and the “City of Colts.” The patron saint is Santiago Apóstol.

Santa Isabel is located on the south coast of Puerto Rico in the region known as the southern coastal plain. Is bordered on the north by the municipality of Coamo, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, on the east by the municipality of Salinas and on the west by Juana Díaz.

The Santa Isabel beach, the Petrona and Aguila points, Jauca Bay and Rincón Bay are located in Santa Isabel and Salinas. Off of Petrona Point are the keys of Caracoles, Cabezazos and Alfeñique and to the east of Jauca Bay is the Los Puercos islet. Among the natural resources of the municipality is one the four segments of the Aguirre Forest. The Punta Petrona wetlands are located in the western part of the forest, on the Santa Isabel coast. These wetlands consist of salt flats, coastal forests and mangroves.

A wide variety of vegetables and tropical fruits are grown in Santa Isabel. Large swaths of land are dedicated to agriculture, which is one of the main sources of income in the municipality. There are also several manufacturing factories that produce clothing, electrical and electronic equipment, metal products and food products.

Foundation:

Santa Isabel, was founded October 5, 1842. On May 22, 1840 Antonio Vélez in name of the neighbors asked governor Santiago Méndez Vigo authorization to found a separated town from Coamo. This was justified, as usual, by the distance from the municipal head in Coamo and by the difficulties of the numerous passages of the river and the conditions of the roads.

The necessary arrangements were made and on October 5, 1842 the separation took place and the municiplity of Santa Isabel was constituted. The town was placed under the patronage of Santa Isabel de Hungría. The municipal buildings progressed slowly, and in 1850 mass was celebrated in the home of the Colón family because the church had not been concluded.

Location:

mapa santaisabel It is located in the southern coast. It borders north with Coamo, south with the Caribbean Sea, west with Juana Díaz, and east with Salinas.

Area:

88.9 sq km / 34.2 sq mi

Population:

21,665 (census 2000)

Population Density:

243.7 per sq km / 633.4 per sq mi

People are known as:

Santaisabelinos

Santa Isabel is also known as:

Tierra de Campeones (Land of Champions)
La Ciudad de los Potros (The City of the Colts)

Wards: Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico

barrios santaisabel

Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Santa Isabel
Habitants
Boca Velázquez 2,279
Descalabrado 3,918
Felicia 1 362
Felicia 2 1,889
Jauca 1 2,538
Jauca 2 3,504
Playa 840
Santa Isabel Town 6,335
Total 21,665

Source: Censo 2000

Patrón:

Santiago Apóstol
Santiago Apóstol Parish
Apartado 137
Santa Isabel, P.R. 00757
(787) 845-2450

santaisabel iglesia
Santiago Apóstol Parish

Topography:

Located in the Coastal Plain of the South, its topography is level. Its highest elevation is the Cuevas Hill with 300 meters of altitude above sea level.

Hydrography:

It is watered by the Jueyes, Cayures, Coamo, Descalabrado rivers and the Coamo dam with an area of 158 square kilometers.

Economy:

Manufacture; clothing, electrical and electronic machinery, metal products and nutritional products and agriculture; vegetables and tropical fruits.

Average Salary:

$263.32 weekly (1998)

Flag:

santaisabel banderaThe flag of Santa Isabel is described as follows: Flag of the usual proportions, divided horizontally in three stripes of same the width: white the superior one, yellow the central one and red the inferior one, may be ornamented with sugar cane stems or without them.

Coat Of Arms:

santaisabel escudoThe enamels or colors of the shield and the figures, allude to the name of the town at the time of its foundation, its Patron Saint and the supreme authorities, under which government the Municipality of Santa Isabel was founded. Santa Isabel is symbolized by the latin “I” and its crown of medieval type. The red and silver colors, that are the old colors of Hungary, represent the purity and charity; virtues that shone more in the infuriate princess, Duchess of Turingia, by their marriage and example of sovereign.

The Apostle Santiago is symbolized by scallop shells, also denominated in heraldic with the Christian names of shells of Santiago or shells of Pilgrims, because they were emblem of romeos, peregrinations and sanctuaries in the Middle Age. In Spain, they got to identify themselves as much as with the famous peregrinations to Compostela, that became standard of this Apostle.

The shells recall, in addition, that the territory of Santa Isabel is rich in archaeological deposits of the Taíno Indians, pre-columbian inhabitants of Puerto Rico. These deposits, generally, are denominated “concheros”, due to the abundance of shells and snails. In addition, it recalls that the sea that bathes the coast of Santa Isabel, these shells were collected in abundance. The colors red and gold of the shield and the crown, represent the Spanish origins of the founders of Santa Isabel, and that the town depended on Villa of San Blas de Coamo, whose Coat of Arms has as dominant colors gold and red. The crown is standard of the towns and municipalities. The sugar cane stems that surround the shield, allude to the main agricultural product of Santa Isabel and to elements characteristic of its landscape.

Events: 

  • Three Kings Festival – January
  • El Indio Carnival – January
  • Crab Festival – June
  • Patron Saint Festival – July
  • Pine Carnival – November
  • Turkey Festival – November

Places To Visit: 

  • Aguirre Forest
  • Boardwalk
  • Indigenous Museum
  • Jauca Beach
  • Ruins of the Alomar Estate

Distinguished Citizens:  

  • Rafael Hernández Usera – Writer and essayist.
  • Francisco Anselmi – Senator and delegate to the Commonwealth Constituent Convention.
  • José Mimoso Raspaldo – Member of the House of Representatives and delegate to the Puerto Rico Commonwealth Constituent Convention in the middle of the 20th century.
  • Adolfo Monserrate Anselmi – Member of the House of Representatives and president of the Pharmacists Association of Puerto Rico in the middle of the 20th century.
  • Efraín Bermúdez Rivera – Farmer and lawyer. Member of the House of Representatives in the 1980s.

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.

Santa Isabel District

Name Level Telephone Address
ANA L. ROSA TRICOCHE Elementary (787) 845-2291 PO Box 847
ANA VALLDEJULY (JAUCA) Elementary (787) 845-6147 PO Box 1440
APOLONIA VALENTÍN Elementary (787) 845-5337 PO Box 753
EMILIO CASAS (PEÑUELAS) Elementary (787) 845-5577 PO Box 1440
ESTHER RIVERA Elementary (787) 845-5901 PO Box 847
FELICITA OLIVIERI SANTINI (OLLAS) Elementary (787) 845-4494 PO Box 847
JOHN F. KENNEDY Elementary (787) 845-2560 PO Box 1090
MARTIN G. BRUMBAUGH Elementary (787) 845-3315 PO Box 847
PLAYA Elementary (787) 845-2241 PO Box 847
MANUEL MARTÍN MONSERRATE Intermediate (787) 845-3160 PO Box 847
PLAYITA CORTADA Secondary (787) 845-3565 PO Box 847
ELVIRA M. COLÓN High School (787) 845-2751 PO Box 847

Hymn:

By Víctor R. Blanco Santiago

En un pedazo del sur estás presente
Pueblo Cielo, Pueblo Tierra, Pueblo Mar.
Santa Isabel tú te elevas digno de gracias
que celebran los que te aman al cantar.
Pueblo Cielo, Pueblo Tierra, Pueblo Mar.

Nuestra gente dulce y maravillosa
se bautiza con las olas de tu encanto.
Eres mi pueblo rico en tierra, fabulosas
eres mi pueblo tierno en gentes de agradar.
Pueblo Cielo, Pueblo Tierra, Pueblo Mar.

Son virtuosos y el Señor está en las mentes
y los niños regocijan el valor
de este nido tan hermoso, tan querido,
que nos brinda el noble arte del amor.
Pueblo Cielo, Pueblo Tierra, Pueblo Mar.

No te puedo jamás, nunca, olvidar
mi corazón se llena de ternura
cuando siento sutil toque en mi existir.
Tomas todo lo de vida en mi fortuna
eres parte de mi vida y soy feliz.
Pueblo Cielo, Pueblo Tierra, Pueblo Mar.

How to get to Santa Isabel from San Juan.

direction santaisabel

 

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