Barranquitas is known as La Cuna de Próceres (cradle of great people). The town was founded in 1803 by Antonio Aponte Ramos.
Luis Muñoz Rivera former home has been converted into a museum and library. Nearby, the Mausoleo Familia Muñoz Rivera holds the bodies of Muñoz Rivera and his son Luis Muñoz Marín, the island's first elected governor.
Barranquitas is home to the largest canyon in Puerto Rico (and in the Caribbean), the San Cristóbal Canyon. Located between the towns of Aibonito and Barranquitas, the canyon is nine kilometers long and approximately 750 feet deep, with two rivers flowing through it, the Usabon and Barranquitas rivers. It is also home to the highest waterfall in Puerto Rico, right on the Río Usabón. Guided hiking trips are available, for more information, call the San Cristobal Hiking Tour at: (787) 857-2094 or (787) 647-3402.
Additional Places and Sights
Other places worth exploring include:
- Museo Casa Natal de Luis Munoz Rivera, Open Fri-Sun 8:00am-noon 1:00pm-4:30pm, (787) 857-0230
- Munoz Marin Mausoleum, Open daily 8:00am-noon 1:00pm-4:30pm, (787) 857-3810
The surrounding areas produce coffee, fruits and flowers.
Barranquitas is located in the central region, north of Aibonito and Coamo; south of Corozal and Naranjito; east of Orocovis; and west of Comerío. Barranquitas rivers include Piñonas, Usabón, Rio Hondo, Barranquitas, La Plata and Grande de Manatí rivers.
Aibonito is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):
- Helechal y Honduras
- Palo Hincado
Rio de Barranquitas, Rio Grande de Manati, Río de la Plata, Piñonas, Río Hondo, and Río Usabón.
Barranquitas annual precipiation is 34.45 inches and its average temperature is 83deg;F. August is on average the warmest month, at around 83°F. January is on average the coolest month, at around 77°F.
There are many well-known "barranquiteños", among them: politician Luis Muñoz Rivera, Luis Muñoz Marín, José Colón, Efrain Colón Torres, José A. Negrón Sanjurjo, Antonio Aponte Ramos, Naldo de la Loma, and Pedro Pereales.
- La Tosca Steak House (Puerto Rican), (787) 857-4288
- Mofongo Criollo (Puerto Rican), (787) 857-0480
- Porkys Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 798-3360
Festivals and Events
- Barranquitas Artisans' Fair - July
Barranquitas is the center of rich artistic traditions. This fair is the oldest crafts fair features exhibitions by more than 130 artisans from around Puerto Rico. You will find your self surrounded of a variety of handcrafts, paintings, sculptures and more. Daytime and evening musical concerts take place in the town's plaza. (787) 857-0520
- Festival de la Vega - May
- Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua - June
Every year, Barranquitas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 857-2065
Coat of Arms
The anthem title is Aquí en el centro de nuestra tierra....
There are 16 public schools in Barranquitas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Barranquitas is also home of 2 colleges and universities.
30,040 (July 2013 est.)
Land Area: 34.25 sq mi
Density: 885.2 per sq mi
Median Age: 32.2
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068
Median household income: $15,127
Puerto Rico: $19,624
Persons below poverty line: 58.30 %
Housing, families and educational attainment *
Number of households
Housing units density: 333.0
Persons per household: 3.31
High school grad or higher: 68.0%
* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.
Coordinates: 18.1867° N, 66.3064° W
Zip Code: 00794
Driving Distance from San Juan: 40.7 miles
Driving Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes