Puerto Cabezas

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Puerto Cabezas
Municipality
Pier in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas
Pier in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas
Flag of Puerto Cabezas
Flag
Official seal of Puerto Cabezas
Seal
Puerto Cabezas is located in Nicaragua
Puerto Cabezas
Puerto Cabezas
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 14°01′41″N 83°22′51″W / 14.02806°N 83.38083°W / 14.02806; -83.38083
Country  Nicaragua
Department Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte
Area
 • Municipality 2,311 sq mi (5,985 km2)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality 66,169
 • Density 29/sq mi (11/km2)
 • Urban 39,428
Time zone Central Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) No DST (UTC-6)

Puerto Cabezas (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpweɾto kaˈβesas]; English: Bragman's Bluff; Miskito: Bilwi) is a municipality in, and capital of, the North Atlantic Coast department (Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte) of Nicaragua.

The municipality and the entire region are indigenous lands. The city of Bilwi is part of The Community of Karata, including land north of Bilwi, which borders The Community of Ten Communities. The owners are the various community groups who have demarcated their particular land areas under national law providing for recognition of aboriginal title to the land.

Hurricane Felix hit Puerto Cabezas on September 4, 2007, killing about 100 people.[1]

Education[edit]

The University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN) has a campus in Puerto Cabezas, as well as in several other locations in RAAN and RAAS.

Transportation[edit]

The city is served by Puerto Cabezas Airport.

The culture, like the rest of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, has a very prominent Caribbean influence.

Climate[edit]

Puerto Cabezas has tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am) with significant precipitation year round, and a short dry season in March and April. Even so, these months see an average precipitation of 48 millimetres (2 in) and 54 millimetres (2 in).[2] The average temperature ranges from a low of 24.5 °C (76.1 °F) in February to 27.8 °C (82.0 °F) in May.[2] The average annual precipitation is 2,799 millimetres (110 in) with 198 days with measureable rainfall.[2]

Climate data for Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.7
(85.5)
29.7
(85.5)
30.5
(86.9)
31.3
(88.3)
31.8
(89.2)
31.4
(88.5)
30.8
(87.4)
31.2
(88.2)
31.2
(88.2)
31.6
(88.9)
30.8
(87.4)
29.7
(85.5)
30.81
(87.46)
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.0
(77)
24.5
(76.1)
26.5
(79.7)
27.2
(81)
27.8
(82)
27.5
(81.5)
27.1
(80.8)
27.1
(80.8)
27.0
(80.6)
26.3
(79.3)
25.8
(78.4)
25.4
(77.7)
26.43
(79.58)
Average low °C (°F) 18.8
(65.8)
18.6
(65.5)
19.8
(67.6)
20.9
(69.6)
21.8
(71.2)
22.0
(71.6)
21.9
(71.4)
22.0
(71.6)
22.2
(72)
21.6
(70.9)
20.8
(69.4)
19.3
(66.7)
20.81
(69.44)
Precipitation mm (inches) 148
(5.83)
83
(3.27)
48
(1.89)
54
(2.13)
183
(7.2)
378
(14.88)
414
(16.3)
370
(14.57)
303
(11.93)
338
(13.31)
278
(10.94)
202
(7.95)
2,799
(110.2)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 16 11 7 8 12 20 23 22 20 20 19 20 198
Source: Hong Kong Observatory[2]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Puerto Cabezas is sister city to:

Bilwi has a "sistership" link with Manchester.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFP news
  2. ^ a b c d "Climatological Information for Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua". Hong Kong Observatory. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "International networks and partnerships". Manchester City Council. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 14°01′41″N 83°22′51″W / 14.02807°N 83.380791°W / 14.02807; -83.380791