Pueblos of Puerto Rico-Part 2
Recently, I wrote part 1 of this series describing the towns or pueblos in this beautiful island paradise I call home: Puerto Rico. You can see that hub here: Pueblos of Puerto Rico-Part 1.
This round we made a drive visiting regions all near the Capital of San Juan. I am skipping San Juan as it will have a hub of its own.
I know many Americans have false conceptions of Puerto Rico. I believe we have lived on hear say all these years. I know I was always led to believe that it is full of slums and poverty. I find that not true. Yes, there is some; no different than anywhere in the United States.
The purpose of these hubs is to take you on a "virtual" tour of this beautiful island.
Every Pueblo is set up with a "center". What we would call a town square. It holds the main Catholic church and the Alcaldia or courthouse is what we would consider it. Most of these centers are quite beautiful and breathtaking. I am attempting to picture all, but please understand that some may be under construction much like Trujillo Alto's in this hub. I will still share photos of each and describe the particulars to each Pueblo.
Come with me on the second tour of Puerto Rico.
CarolinaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Carolina was founded in 1857. It is known as the Land of the Giants or "La Tierra de Gigantes " in Spanish. It is also nicknamed "El Pueblo de los Tumba Brazos " or Arm Hackers Town because all problems were settled by duals.
Carolina was first known as Trujillo Baja but when Don Gaspar Martínez, the person who donated the land, requested it be named after his daughter, the name was changed to Carolina.
Carolina sits on 46.5 square miles. Barrios of Carolina are:
- Cangrejo Arriba
- Hoyo Mulas
- Martín González
- Sabana Abajo
- San Antón
- Santa Cruz
- Trujillo Bajo
Carolina is well known for past sugar production and is very large in industry. Famous baseball player Roberto Clemente was from Carolina.
The mayor of Carolina is Jose C. Aponte Dalmau (PPD)
Trujillo AltoClick thumbnail to view full-size
Trujillo Alto is just off the San Juan municipality.It was founded in 1801. It is highly known for the hydro-electric dam it has within its borders. Trujillo Alto's nickname is: "El Pueblo de los Arrecostaos " which means laid back town.
Trujillo Alto sits on 21.5 square miles. The mayor is Hon.Jose Luis Cruz (PPD )
The barrios include:
- Las Cuevas
- Dos Bocas
- La Gloria
- Quebrada Grande
- Quebrada Negrito
- Saint Just
- Trujillo Alto Pueblo
- Cooperativa Jardines de Trujillo Alto
Guaynabo is the area where Ponce De Leon made his home. It was founded in 1769 and has some very interesting landmarks. Guaynabo's nickname is "Capital del Deporte" or Capital of the sport. It has one of the best baseball teams in Puerto Rico: the Guaynabo Mets.
Guaynabo sits on 27.1 square miles.
Barrios of Guaynabo incude:
- Hato Nuevo
- Pueblo of Guaynabo
- Pueblo Viejo
- Santa Rosa
Guaynabo also holds a large United States Federal Prison within its borders.
BayamónClick thumbnail to view full-size
Bayamón is known as "El Pueblo del Chicharrón" or Pork Rind Town. They love their pork rinds in this Pueblo.
Bayamón covers 44.5 square miles and is a part of the metropolitan area and was founded in 1772.
The mayor of this Pueblo is Ramón Luis Rivera, Jr. (PNP).
The barrios of Bayamón are:
- Buena Vista Bayamón
- Cerro Gordo Bayamón
- Guaraguao Abajo
- Guaraguao Arriba
- Hato Tejas
- Juan Sánchez Bayamón
- Nuevo Bayamón
- Pueblo of Bayamón
- Santa Olaya
Dorado has exemplary city or "Ciudad Ejemplar" as its nickname. It is an "upper class" Pueblo. It has many golf courses and is a tourist destination.
In the early 1900's, the Rockefeller's built a vacation resort in Dorado which now holds a major golf course along with the Hyatt Hacienda Del Mar.
Dorado was founded in 1842 and the mayor is Hon. Carlos A. López Rivera (PPD). It covers 23.2 square miles.
Barrios of Dorado are:
- Dorado Espinosa
- Pueblo of Dorado
- Puertos which include Ritz-Carlton Reserve and Dorado Beach.
- Rio Lajas
- Dorado San Antonio
I hope you enjoyed this second series in this tour of Puerto Rico's Pueblos. Keep checking back; more will be coming.
If you get the chance, come visit Puerto Rico, You will love this island and may end up like this frog that never left.
© G.L. Boudonck
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