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Pueblos Of Puerto Rico-Part 15

Updated on July 24, 2013
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

In this edition of Pueblos of Puerto Rico, my wife and I are going to take you down along the West coast of this wonderful island. From the drive you can view the Mona passage and it is a highly popular tourist destination.

We have had so much enjoyment driving and taking pictures of these Pueblos to share with all of you.

Have you read the other Pueblo hubs? Here are links to each and every one.

Pueblos-San Juan Pueblos-Part 1 Pueblos-Part 2 Pueblos-Part 3

Pueblos-Part 4 Pueblos-Part 5 Pueblos-Part 6 Pueblos-Part 7

Pueblos-Part 8 Pueblos-Part 9 Pueblos-Part 10 Pueblos-Part 11

Pueblos-Part 12 Pueblos-Part 13 Pueblos-Part 14

The island of Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States and there is a good chance it may become our 51st State. All citizens of Puerto Rico are also United States citizens. You don't need a passport to come here.

This is a beautiful country with a lot of culture.

Well join Maggie and I on this 15th edition and see the West coast of Puerto Rico.

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A markerRincon Puerto Rico -
Rincón, Puerto Rico
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B markerAnasco Puerto Rico -
Añasco, Puerto Rico
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C markerMayaguez Puerto Rico -
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
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D markerHormigueros Puerto Rico -
Hormigueros, Puerto Rico
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E markerCabo Rojo Puerto Rico -
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
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We drove as far West as possible on this island to a beautiful tourist destination called Rincón.

Rincón was founded in 1771 and is known as El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres or The Town of Beautiful Sunsets.

Rincón is known for world-class surfing and some of the best surfers in the world visit here.

Rincón covers 29.4 square miles and the mayor is Hon. Carlos López.

This Pueblo has 10 distinct barrios; here they are with the last population figures:

  • Atalaya / 824
  • Barrero / 1,019
  • Calvache / 2,169
  • Cruces / 1,296
  • Ensenada / 1,301
  • Jagüey / 865
  • Pueblo / 3,393
  • Puntas / 1,679
  • Rincón Pueblo / 1,030
  • Río Grande / 1,191

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We drove South along the coast not far to the Pueblo of Añasco.

Añasco is known as La Ciudad Donde los Dioses mueren or The City Where the Gods Die and it was founded in 1733.

The Spanish who first settled in this Pueblo were thought to be gods,but when one of them, Diego Salcedo, was drowned by Taino Indians, they realized they weren't gods.

Añasco covers 35.5 square miles and the mayor is Hon. Jorge Estevez.

This Pueblo is made up of 23 barrios; they are:

  • Añasco Abajo
  • Añasco Arriba
  • Añasco Pueblo
  • Caguabo
  • Caracol
  • Carreras
  • Casey Abajo
  • Casey Arriba
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Cidra
  • Corcovada
  • Dagüey
  • Espino
  • Hatillo
  • Humatas
  • Marías
  • Miraflores
  • Ovejas
  • Piñales
  • Playa
  • Quebrada Larga
  • Río Arriba
  • Río Cañas

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Down the coast we drove to a very large Pueblo called Mayagüez. Mayagüez was founded in 1760 and is known as La Sultana del Oeste or The Sultan of the West.

Mayagüez covers 274.09 square miles most of which is water. The mayor is José Guillermo Rodríguez.

Mayagüez is broke up into 21 barrios; they are:

  • Algarrobo
  • Bateyes
  • Guanajibo
  • Isla de Mona e Islote Monito
  • Juan Alonso
  • Leguízamo
  • Limón
  • Malezas
  • Mayagüez Arriba
  • Mayagüez Pueblo
  • Miradero
  • Montoso
  • Naranjales
  • Quebrada Grande
  • Quemado
  • Río Cañas Abajo
  • Río Cañas Arriba
  • Río Hondo
  • Rosario
  • Sábalos
  • Sabanetas



We drove South and slightly inland to a very small but beautiful Pueblo called Hormigueros. I knew of it well because when I had some issues with my laptop computer, the company that fixed it is located in Hormigueros.

Hormigueros was founded in 1874 and is known as El Pueblo del Milagro or The City of the Miracle.

Hormigueros covers 11 square miles and the mayor is Hon. Pedro García Figueroa.

The Pueblo is made up of 6 barrios; they are:

  • Benavente
  • Guanajibo
  • Hormigueros
  • Hormigueros Pueblo
  • Jaguitas
  • Lavadero

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Cabo Rojo

We drove to the furthest SouthWest point of Puerto Rico for our last pueblo of the day. Beautiful Cabo Rojo is known as El Pueblo de Cofres or The Town of Chests.

Cabo Rojo was founded in 1771 and it covers 177.4 square miles.

The mayor of Cabo Rojo is Hon. Perza Rodríguez.

Cabo Rojo is made up of 14 distinct barrios; they are:

  • Bajura
  • Boquerón village
  • Cabo Rojo Pueblo
  • Guanajibo
  • Llanos Costa
  • Llanos Tuna
  • Miradero
  • Monte Grande
  • Pedernales
  • Betances
  • El Combate
  • Buye
  • Puerto Real
  • Joyuda


This one was a blast! I hope you enjoyed visiting the West coast of Puerto Rico too!

As with other ones I am putting something from a famous person from one of the Pueblos listed. This one was raised in Mayagüez and he was great in salsa; Santos Colón.


© G.L. Boudonck


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Good work Froggie. I love salsa, actually it is sad that lyrics now have change to uninteresting themes. God bless you!