The very first recorded name of Vinzons was Tacboan and was later changed to Indan at which time the Mayor was Pedro Barbin. The town was then renamed "Vinzons" in honor of Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, a former governor of the province. He was the youngest delegate to the Philippine Constitutional Convention of 1935, and a guerrilla leader martyred by the Japanese during World War II.
The town was established in 1581 by the FranciscanPriests without a patron saint and without a church. In 1611, Fr. Juan de Losar, OFM built a church named after Saint Peter. Fr. Losar was the first Parish Priest of the church. In 1624, the whole town of Tacboan was relocated and it was called Indan where a new church was built with the same Patron Saint, St. Peter the Apostle. Vinzons is known for the religiosity of its inhabitants, contributing priests and nuns to the Catholic Church more than any other town in the province. Curiously, the town has always been known as the town of politicians, having had more provincial elective officials than in any other town in the province. There was a time, in fact, when all three candidates for governor hailed from Vinzons as when Dominador Asis, Fernando V. Pajarillo, and Wenceslao G. Vinzons, Jr. ran for governor in the elections of 1964. Before that, majority of the provincial governors came from Vinzons: Carlos Balce (1928-1931) Wenceslao Q. Vinzons (1937-1940), Carlos Ascutia (1944-1946), Regino Z. Guinto (1946-1947), Cayetano Vinzons (1958), Dominador Asis (1959-1963), Wenceslao G. Vinzons, Jr. (1964-1968), Fernando V. Pajarillo,(who died while in office). Education is likewise valued by the inhabitants in that every family would attempt to send their children to study in Manila despite the prohibitive costs of lodging and tuition. It is the only town where in a single year, four lawyers passed the Bar examinations in 1978: Oscar G. Raro, Fernando Saludes, Dominador Ferrer, Jr., and Joseph Balce. On the political side only one Mayor in this town has accomplished to finish the three (3) terms. he is Buding Segundo. Buding Segundo is actually Jose Tacalan Segundo, is also the only Municipal Mayor in this town who is actually from a rural Barangay, which is Barangay Sabang. Another prominent mayor who served for two terms is Cesar Asis Cereno, who pushed for massive agricultural development in the countryside, particularly seaweeds production, which uplifted the living conditions of constituents in most fishing villages and island barangays. The present mayor is Joseph Vernon Ang of Cagayan province.
St. Peter the Apostle Church - Fire destroyed the St. Peter the Apostle Church on 26 December 2012 at around 0130 hours which started from the old convent. The 400 year old church was one of the oldest churches in Bicol and erected during the Spanish Colony in 1600.
St. Paul The Apostle Quasi Parish in Sabang
Our Lady of Peace & Good Voyage Parish in Calaguas