Corozal

  (ko-ro-ZAHL)

Corozal is known as "La Cuna del Volibol" (Volleyball birthplace). Corozal was founded in 1795 by Joaquin Marrero and Jos de Rivera Ortiz, and officially became a town in 1804.

The city name is derived from the "palma de corozo" (grugru palm, Acrocomia media) which abounds in the central zone of the Island.

Corozal is located in the central-eastern region, north of Orocovis and Barranquitas; south Vega Alta; southwest of Toa Alta; east of Morovis and Orocovis; and west of Naranjito. Major rivers include: Manat, Cibuco, De los Negros, Corozal and Grande de Manatí.

Corozal is home to the Historical Center of Cibuco, a park and museum with relics from the puertorican natives (tainos) as well as objects, paintings and artifacts from the town's history.

Corozal is made up of 11 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Abras
  • Cibuco
  • Cuchillas
  • Dos Bocas
  • Maná
  • Negros
  • Padilla
  • Palmarejo
  • Palmarito
  • Palos Blancos
  • Pueblo

Things to See and Do In Corozal

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas Patronales de la Sagrada Familia - January
    Every year, Corozal celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Carnaval San Juan Bautista - June
  • Festival Nacional del Platano - October
    Exhibitions of local produce, especially dishes made with green and ripe plantains, crafts, paintings, folkloric music and dance.

Symbols

Corozal Flag

Anthem: Salve Perla de Sabana...

Education

There are 15 public schools in Corozal, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Corozal is also home of 1 colleges and universities.

Climate

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

37,142
Population
36,303 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 42.57 sq mi

Density: 872.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 34.8

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,219
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 52.90 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

12,446
Number of households
Housing units density: 328.8

Persons per household: 3.35

High school grad or higher: 67.0%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3417° N, 66.3169° W

Zip Code: 00783

Driving Distance from San Juan: 32.2 miles

Driving Time: 59 minutes


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The Cuatro is the national instrument of Puerto Rico.