Culebrinas River

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Culebrinas River (Río Culebrinas)
Culebrinas River.jpg
Looking south, the Culebrinas River and valley just west of the municipality of Moca. Summer 2008.
Country United States
Region Puerto Rico
 - coordinates 18°16′21″N 66°53′39″W / 18.27250°N 66.89417°W / 18.27250; -66.89417
Mouth Mona Passage
 - elevation 0 ft (0 m)
 - coordinates 18°24′21″N 67°10′37″W / 18.40583°N 67.17694°W / 18.40583; -67.17694Coordinates: 18°24′21″N 67°10′37″W / 18.40583°N 67.17694°W / 18.40583; -67.17694
Length 25 mi (40.2 km)
Basin 105 sq mi (272 km2)

The Culebrinas River (Spanish: Río Culebrinas; pron. koo-le-BREE-nahs), is a river in northwest Puerto Rico. It originates in southwestern Lares and flows for 25 miles (40 km) till it empties into the Mona Passage south of downtown Aguadilla.

Variant names[edit]

  • Río Culebrinas
  • Rio Culebrinas
  • Rio de Colovrinas[1]


Christopher Columbus is said to have anchored and come ashore near the mouth of the Culebrinas River in 1493. A stone cross monument was erected to mark the site, but it was destroyed by the 1918 Puerto Rico earthquake.[3][4]


In 2007, Tropical Storm Olga caused flooding on the river, forcing an evacuation.[5]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Río Culebrinas. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.
  2. ^ RIO CULEBRINAS AT AGUADILLA. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Johnsonville District. Retrieved on 2008-08-13.
  3. ^ Van Deusen, Richard James; Elizabeth Kneipple Van Deusen (1931). Porto Rico: A Caribbean Isle. H. Holt. p. 48. OCLC 569158. 
  4. ^ U.S. Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration, Writers' Program (1940). Puerto Rico: A Guide to the Island of Boriquén. The University Society. p. 68. OCLC 245805. 
  5. ^ "Storm Olga floods Puerto Rico, drenches Hispaniola". Reuters. 11 December 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 

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