Pueblos Of Puerto Rico-Part 6

Church service was over and Maggie and I did not want to go home yet. "Let's go take pictures and see more Pueblos," my lovely lady said to me. With a smile I pulled over and grabbed her into a big hug and asked where to now?

Many of you have been following the virtual tour I have been hubbing of Puerto Rico. Many people have no idea about this beautiful island, the people or the culture. I have been doing these hubs to give you a taste of Puerto Rico.

Here are links to the other hubs I have done in this series:

  1. Part 1
  2. Part 2
  3. Part 3
  4. Part 4
  5. Part 5
  6. San Juan

Now, scroll down and travel with us through 4 Pueblos in the central, East and SouthEast part of Puerto Rico.

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A markerGurabo,Puerto Rico -
Gurabo, Puerto Rico
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B markerSan Lorenzo,Puerto Rico -
San Lorenzo, 00754, Puerto Rico
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C markerLas Piedras,Puerto Rico -
Las Piedras, 00771, Puerto Rico
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D markerYabucoa,Puerto Rico -
Yabucoa, 00767, Puerto Rico
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Gurabo was founded in 1815. The nickname is El Pueblo de las Escaleras or The Town of the Stairs.

Gurabo has a lot of beauty and is not a far drive for us.

The Pueblo covers 28.28 square miles and the mayor is Victor Manuel Ortiz Díaz.

I didn't put a picture of the stairs because you really need to visit and see them for yourself.

There are 10 distinct barrios within Gurabo. They are:

  • Celada
  • Gurabo Pueblo
  • Hato Nuevo
  • Jaguar
  • Jaguas
  • Mamey
  • Masas
  • Navarro
  • Quebrada Infierno
  • Rincón

Gurabo is also the location of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School. We will see many great baseball players come from there.

Baseball and Puerto Rico go hand-in-hand.

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San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo is a beautiful pueblo located to the South of Gurabo. It was founded in 1811.

San Lorenzo's nickname is The Town of the Samaritans and it is spread over 53.3 square miles.

The mayor of San Lorenzo is Hon. Joe Román.

San Lorenzo is divided into 10 distinct barrios. They are:

  • Cayaguas
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Espino
  • Florida
  • Hato
  • Jagual
  • Quebrada
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Quebrada Honda
  • Quemados

I promised Maggie a song. One of her favorite singers comes from San Lorenzo. Here is a video of Chayanne and it totally fits about how I feel about you Maggie.

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Las Piedras

We drove East to Las Piedras which is known as Ciudad Artesanal or the City of Crafts.

I noticed a very strong Indian culture in this community. A very beautiful and old Pueblo, it was founded in 1773.

The mayor of Las Piedras is Hon. Miguel A. Micky López and it covers 33.2 square miles.

There are 9 distinct barrios to Las Piedras. They are:

  • Boquerón
  • Ceiba
  • Collores
  • Las Piedras Pueblo
  • Montones
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Tejas
  • El Rio
  • La Fermina

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Yabucoa

The sun was setting, but we just had to get one more Pueblo. We went South and near the Caribbean we had Yabucoa. It is beautiful and a fun drive.

Yabucoa is a sweet place and that is why it is known as Ciudad del Azúcar or the City of Sugar. Much sugar is grown there.

Yabucoa was founded in 1793 and the mayor is Hon. Ángel S. García De Jesús.

Yabucoa covers 83.26 square miles and is divided into 10 distinct barrios. They are:

  • Aguacate
  • Calabazas
  • Camino Nuevo
  • Guayabotas
  • Jácanas
  • Juan Martín
  • Limones
  • Playa
  • Tejas
  • Yabucoa

Conclusion

This was another fun drive seeing both mountains and the ocean.

I strongly suggest you give it a try.

Puerto Rico has a lot to offer. Come and see!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck

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Kenneth McLean 4 years ago

I am happy Maggie and you are having a great time traviling around, the country-side. God Bless, Ya'll


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Thanks for the tour. Enjoyed it. I know the thrill of viewing the mountains and the ocean simultaneously. I appreciate it even more after migrating from the Caribbean.

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