Pueblos Of Puerto Rico-Part 9

This is part 9 of a virtual tour of Puerto Rico brought to you by Froggy and his butterfly, Lastheart.

We have been driving through all the Pueblos of Puerto Rico and sharing pictures and information on each one.

As you can see, we are on our 9th installment. Here are links to the others(actually the 10th since San Juan isn't numbered):

Come with us on this trip as we drive through the Southern area of Puerto Rico. We will be on the coast and in mountains. This is a very dry area with many fires. It is almost desert conditions.

Well, on with the 9th part of our virtual tour of Puerto Rico. The map will show you our visits.

show route and directions
A markerSanta Isabel, Puerto Rico -
Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
[get directions]

B markerCoamo,Puerto Rico -
Coamo, Puerto Rico
[get directions]

C markerVillalba,Puerto Rico -
Villalba, Puerto Rico
[get directions]

D markerJuana Diaz,Puerto Rico -
Juana Díaz, Puerto Rico
[get directions]

E markerPonce,Puerto Rico -
Ponce, Puerto Rico
[get directions]

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Santa Isabel

We started in a coastal Pueblo with much beauty. Santa Isabel is the name and it is known as La Ciudad de los Potros or The City of the Colts.

Santa Isabel was founded in 1842 and covers 34.2 square miles.

The mayor of Santa Isabel is Enrique 'Quique' Questell Alvarado

This Pueblo is made up of 12 distinct barrios; they are:

  • Boca Velázquez
  • Descalabrado
  • Felicia
  • Useras
  • Canta Sapo
  • Jauca I
  • Playa
  • Santa Isabel Pueblo
  • Ollas
  • Paso Seco
  • Peñuelas
  • Playita Cortada

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Coamo

We drove inland to a very, very old Pueblo.

Coamo was founded in 1579 and you can tell it by much of the construction.

Coamo is known as Los Maratonistas or The Marathoners. There is a marathon held there every year.

Coamo covers 78.05 square miles and the mayor is Hon Juan Carlos García Padilla.

Coamo is made up of 11 distinct barrios; they include:

  • Coamo Arriba
  • Coamo Pueblo
  • Cuyón
  • Hayales
  • Los Llanos
  • Palmarejo
  • Pasto
  • Pedro Garcia
  • Pulguillas
  • San Idelfonso
  • Santa Catalina

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Villalba

We drove West to the beautiful Pueblo of Villalba.

Villalba is known as Ciudad del Gandul or Gandul Town. It was founded in 1917.

Villalba covers 37.69 square miles and the mayor is Hon. Waldemar Rivera Torres.

This beautiful Pueblo is made up of 8 distinct barrios; they are:

  • Caonillas Abajo
  • Caonillas Arriba
  • Hato Puerco Abajo
  • Hato Puerco Arriba
  • Vacas
  • Villalba Abajo
  • Villalba Arriba
  • Villalba Pueblo

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

Juana Diaz

We drove back South towards the Caribbean coast to the lovely Pueblo of Juana Diaz.

Juana Diaz was founded in 1798 and is named after one of the original people of the town.

Juana Diaz covers 107.04 square miles and the mayor is Ramón "Ramoncito" Hernández.

Juana Diaz nickname is La Ciudad del Maví or Maví City. Maví is a fermented drink made from the root of the mabi tree. It is wonderful and , yes, I am addicted.

Juana Diaz is made up of 14 distinct barrios. They include:

  • Amuelas
  • Cayabo
  • Capitanejo
  • Cintrona
  • Collores
  • Emajagual
  • Guayabal
  • Jacaguas
  • Juana Díaz pueblo
  • Lomas
  • Río Cañas Abajo
  • Río Cañas Arriba
  • Sabana Llana
  • Tijeras

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source
Source

We drove West along the coast to the wonderful Pueblo of Ponce.

Ponce is a large tourist destination and has been the area of many political agendas. During the Spanish/American war, it aided the Americans by capturing Ponce. It was also the scene of a very bad massacre during a political protest in 1985.

Ponce is known as La Perla del Sur or The Pearl of the South. It covers 193.6 square miles and was founded in 1692.

The mayor of Ponce is Dr. María Meléndez Altieri.

Ponce is made up of 31 distinct barrios; they are:

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this scenic trip.

I have been putting a notable figure from one of the previewed Pueblos on each hub. For this one, we will take a man from Santa Isabel; Mario Ortiz.

Enjoy the Salsa!!!!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2012 Greg Boudonck

More by this Author


Comments 1 comment

mary615 profile image

mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, I am back home from Puerto Rico. I did make it down to Ponce: lovely place. Sorry I couldn't meet with you while I was there. I plan to return this next winter. Great Hub.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working