Rincón, Puerto Rico

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Municipio de Rincón
Town and Municipality
Sunset at Rincon, PR - panoramio.jpg
Flag of Rincón, Puerto Rico
"El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres", "Pueblo del Surfing"
Anthem: "Rincón es mi pueblo querido"
Location of Rincón in Puerto Rico
Location of Rincón in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°20′25″N 67°15′06″W / 18.34028°N 67.25167°W / 18.34028; -67.25167Coordinates: 18°20′25″N 67°15′06″W / 18.34028°N 67.25167°W / 18.34028; -67.25167
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
 • MayorCarlos López Bonilla (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist.4 - Mayagüez
 • Representative dist.18
 • Total29.4 sq mi (76.12 km2)
 • Land13.9 sq mi (36 km2)
 • Water15.5 sq mi (40.12 km2)
 • Total15,200
 • Density520/sq mi (200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Postal code
Area Codes787, 939
ISO 3166 codePUR

Rincón (Spanish pronunciation: [riŋˈkon]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) founded in 1771 by Don Luis de Añasco (Founder of Añasco in 1733). It is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. Rincón is spread over 9 wards and Rincón Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It is home to many of the surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Domes, Marias, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach, Pools Beach, and Rincon Town Beach Plaza. It is also home to Caribbean beaches including Córcega Beach.

The word "Rincón" means corner. Rincón is on the northwestern part of Puerto Rico.[1]


Rincón was founded in 1771 by Don Luis de Añasco (Founder of Añasco in 1733).


Rincón[2] is located on the western coast.

Hurricane Maria[edit]

Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Rincón with the significant amount of rain that fell.[3][4]


Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Rincón is subdivided into barrios.[5][6][7][8]

Bodies of water[edit]

  • Gorges: Caflo García, Grande de Calvache (longest), Los Ramos, Piletas, Punta Ensenada.
  • River: Río Grande


Punta Higüeras Lighthouse

The 1968 World Surfing Championship was held at Domes Beach in Rincon. Since then, surfers from around the world have been visiting Rincon. Now Rincon has a tourism economy which also boasts scuba diving, snorkeling, and sunsets.[9] Rincon has also been an area for Internet-based companies to set up shop.

In 2007, Rincon hosted the ISA World Masters where local surfer Juan Ashton won 1st place in the Masters division.


Fruits and sugar canes are the primary sources of agriculture in Rincon. Cattle ranching also is popular.


In Rincón the major industry is tourism.[10]

The Boiling Nuclear Superheater (BONUS) Reactor Facility, also known to the locals as "Domes", is a decommissioned nuclear plant in Rincón, Puerto Rico. The construction of BONUS started in 1960, and the reactor had its first controlled nuclear chain reaction on April 13, 1964, achieving full power operation in September 1965. Operation of the BONUS reactor was terminated in June 1968 because of technical difficulties and the ensuing need for high-cost modifications.[11] General decontamination of the reactor was performed with the goal of meeting unrestricted use criteria in all accessible areas of the building. Residual radioactive materials remaining in the structure were isolated or shielded to protect site visitors and workers. During subsequent years, more radioactive contamination was identified in portions of the building, and additional clean-up and shielding activities were conducted in the 1990s and early 2000s.[11] It was Puerto Rico's only nuclear reactor.


Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • La Bandera (Pico Atalaya)
  • Domes Beach
  • María's Beach
  • Steps Beach
  • Balneario de Rincón
  • Punta Higüeras Lighthouse



Rincon is well known as a surfing destination. Rincón rose to international recognition through the 1968 World Surfing Championship, which was held at Domes and Maria's Beaches. The winter surf along Rincón's coast is some of the best in the region. Generally regarded as one of the best surf spots across the globe, Rincón draws surfers from around the world and is the center of the island's surf scene. Dubbed the "Caribbean's Hawaii," winter waves here can approach 25–30 feet (6.7m) in height, sometimes equaling the force of the surf on Oahu's north shore. Famed surfing beaches in town include Little Malibu, Tres Palmas, Maria's, Indicators, Domes, Pools, Sandy Beach and Antonio's. The best time to surf is from November through March, but summer storms can also kick up the surf during the late summer.

Festivals and events[edit]

  • Whale Festival - March
  • Rincón International Film Festival 2011: April 12–16
  • Coconut Festival - May
  • Feast of the Patron Saint, Santa Rosa de Lima - August
  • Triatlon and Triatlon Caribbean Cup
  • Numerous Surfing Championships
  • Local Band (Reggae and Latin Rock)


Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Rincón is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Carlos López Bonilla, from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). López was elected at the 2000 general election.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district IV, which is represented by two senators. In 2016, Luis Daniel Muñiz Cortés and Evelyn Vázquez were elected as District Senators.[12]


There are 8 bridges in Rincón.[13]



Created and designed by Evaristo Cardona Moreno and art performed by Jose Luis Cardona Martinez (his eldest son). The central white star represents the urban zone. The surrounding nine stars represent the nine wards of the municipality. The red and orange colors symbolize the vigor and the vitality of the city. The yellow represents Christianity. The green represents vegetation and the hope of the progress of the municipality. Finally, the white represents purity and the unity between the wards and the urban zone.

Coat of arms[edit]

Created and designed by Angel L. Cardona Moreno, the shield consists of a green and orange Spanish blazon, with a yellow band inclined left to right. To the right and on a green background a cross, symbol of Christendom. To the left and on an orange background a Spanish ship, symbol of the discovery of Puerto Rico, in the coasts of Rincón (this is greatly disputed, as the towns of Aguada, Rincón, and Añasco all claim entry-point status).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-01-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Rincón Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  3. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico". USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  4. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico" (PDF). USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  5. ^ Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
  6. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  7. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  8. ^ "Map of Rincón at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ Barbara Balletto (2003). Insight Guide Puerto Rico. Langenscheidt Publishing Group. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-981-234-949-1.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2010-11-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ a b "BONUS, Puerto Rico, Decommissioned Reactor Fact Sheet" (PDF). Legacy Management. Department of Energy. 2009-04-04. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  12. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
  13. ^ "Rincon Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 19 February 2019.

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