Las Marías, Puerto Rico
|Las Marías, Puerto Rico|
|Nickname(s): "Pueblo de la China Dulce", "Ciudad de los Cítricos"|
|Anthem: "Por tus montes y tus aguas cristalinas"|
Location of Las Marías in Puerto Rico
|• Mayor||Hon. José Javier Rodríguez (PPD)|
|• Senatorial dist.||4 - Mayagüez|
|• Representative dist.||16|
|• Total||44.07 sq mi (114.15 km2)|
|• Land||44 sq mi (114 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (.15 km2)|
|• Density||220/sq mi (87/km2)|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
Las Marías (Spanish pronunciation: [laz maˈɾi.as]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located north of Maricao; southeast of Añasco; south of San Sebastián; east of Mayagüez; and west of Lares. Las Marías is spread over 13 wards and Las Marías Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
Las Marías was founded in July 1, 1872. Don Benito Recio y Moreno was the acting mayor during the foundation process.
- Alto Sano
- Buena Vista
- Las Marías Pueblo
- Maravilla Este
- Maravilla Norte
- Maravilla Sur
- Palma Escrita
- Purísima Concepción
- Río Cañas
- Río Grande de Añasco (also known as Río Guacio),
Landmarks and places of interest
- Barrietos Cavern
- Fronteras Hacienda
- Planell Hacienda
- Rullán Hacienda
- San Calisto Hacienda
- San Carlos Plaza
Paco Gaztambide Sugar Mill Ruins
- Agriculture: bananas, coffee, and citrus.
- Manufacturing: clothing.
Festivals and events
- Orange Festival - March
- Foundation of the Town - March
- Paso Fino Festival - June
- Matron Festivities - December
- Dia De Los Reyes - January
Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Las Marías is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is José Javier Rodríguez, from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Rodríguez was elected at the 2012 general election.
The flag is divided by an imaginary diagonal line whose ends are the superior left angle of the flag and the opposite lower angle. The superior part is yellow and the lower half is green. The yellow portion represents the sun bathing the town and the green portion represents the nature and vegetation of the municipality.
Coat of Arms
The shield is divided into six parts with three in silver and three in blue. A "María" tree (Callophylum brasiliense antillum), with a pair of coffee tree branches to the sides of its trunk, adorns each silver part. The monogram and crown of Nuestra Señora la Santísima Virgen de Plata is placed in the top center portion of the shield. The shield's border is red with a broken chain at the bottom. Above the shield resides three tower crown in gold.