Barceloneta

(barselo'neta])

Barceloneta is located in the north region, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Florida, east of Arecibo, and west of Manatí.

Barceloneta is known as La Ciudad de las Piñas (pineapple city), because of its extensive pineapple plantations, which covers a large part of the town's land.

The town was founded in July 1, 1881 by Bonocio Llenza Feliu. Bonocio named the city Barceloneta because it brought back loving memories of his hometown Barcelona, back in Spain.

Barceloneta has the biggest pharmaceutical complex in the world (14 industries). It is known that these companies have chosen Barceloneta to establish their facilities for its underground water reservoirs. The water in Barceloneta is so pure that it requires very little treatment for use in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

The Grande de Manatí River tavels across the town, the river is 73 km (45 mi) in length.

Barceloneta is also famous for its black sand beaches, due to the high iron content found in the sand.

There are many well-known "barcelonetences", among them:

  • Sixto Escobar, the first Puerto Rican to win a boxing championship of the National Boxing Association

Barceloneta is made up of 4 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Garrochales
  • Florida Afuera
  • Pueblo
  • Palmas Altas

Things to See and Do In Barceloneta

Want to know what to see and do in Barceloneta? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

What to Do and See?

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Musica Típica - June
  • Festival de Verano - June
  • Fiestas Patronales de la Virgen del Carmen - July
    Every year, Barceloneta celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Festival de Bomba y Plena - October

Symbols

Barceloneta's Flag

Flag
The flag is a rectangular adaptation of the former Coat of Arms, as are its colors, with the variation of omitting the flowers of "guajana" (sugar cane flower) and that the blazon's gold and silver are substituted by yellow and white, respectively. The flag contains elements of St George's Cross to honor the patron saint of Catalonia, Saint George and the stripes of the Catalonian national flag, the Senyera, since the town was founded by a Catalan immigrant.

Barceloneta Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms
The sugar cane flowers (guajanas) symbolize the source of life of the old agricultural economy of Barceloneta. The blue symbolizes the beaches and marine ports of great importance for industry and commerce. The crown consists of three towers.

Anthem: Querido Barceloneta

Education

There are 8 public schools in Barceloneta, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Climate

The annual precipitation is approximately 53.01 inches, and its average temperature is 77.8°F. June is the warmest, February is the coolest, and the westest month is November. The highest recorded temperature was 99°F in 1969. The lowest recorded temperature was 50°F in 1965.

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

24,816
Population
25,026 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 18.69 sq mi

Density: 1327.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.5

Economics *

$7,235
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $14,848
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 54.20 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

9,165
Number of households
Housing units density: 572.1

Persons per household: 3.18

High school grad or higher: 68.1%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4506° N, 66.5386° W

Zip Code: 00617

Driving Distance from San Juan: 42 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes


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