Locals are known as "Los Sin Sopa" (without soup), because the town did not have a local meat market and people had to travel to long distances buy meat. While the city is known as "La Ciudad del Marlin" (the town of the Marlin).

Ceiba was founded on April 7, 1838 by Luis de la Cruz. Ceiba derives its name from a Indian word seyba, which is the name for a famous tree that grows in the island, the Ceiba Pentandra.

Ceiba is home of the Ceiba Forest (Tel. (787) 724-3647) which extends along the coastline between Ceiba and Fajardo. 95% of the forest is classified as mangrove. Various species of birds can be seen as well as turtles and manatees.

Ceiba is located in the east coast of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Naguabo, south of Fajardo, and east of Río Grande. Major rivers include: Daguao, Fajardo and Demajaguas. The annual precipitation is approximately 1.312mm and the average temperature is 78F.

There are many well-known "ceibeños", among them: former San Juan mayor Felisa Rincón de Gautier and actor Luis Vigoreaux.

Land Area: 70 sq km (27.5 sq mi)
Water Area: 129.78 sq km
Population: 18,004
Density: 251.8 per sq km (654.6 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 6,742
Housing Density: 232.1
Per Capita Income: $9,256
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Ceiba...
Wards: Chupacallos, Daguao, Guayacán, Machos, Quebrada Seca, Pueblo, Río Abajo and Saco.
Driving Distance: 33.0 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 1 minute *

The flag derives its symbolism, design and colors from the municipal coat of arms. In particular, the cross refers to the name of Don Luis de la Cruz, who founded the town.

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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As a result of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba became independent and Puerto Rico was annexed to the United States.