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Ceiba

(sai-EE-bah)

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 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, (787) 724-3647.

Geography

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.

Ceiba is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Chupacallos
  • Daguao
  • Guayacán
  • Machos
  • Quebrada Seca
  • Pueblo
  • Río Abajo
  • Saco

Climate

The annual precipitation is approximately 4 inches and the average temperature is 78°F.

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Notable People

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

  • Felisa Rincón de Gautier, former San Juan mayor
  • Luis Vigoreaux, actor, radio and television show host

Restaurants

  • Panaderia Cookie (Puerto Rican), (787) 863-6945
  • Restaurant Nueva China (Chinese), (787) 885-3400

Accommodations

  • Casa Marshall (Guest House), (787) 885-4474
  • Ceiba Country Inn (Small Inn), (787) 885-0471
  • La Paloma Guest House (Guest House), (787) 885-4040
    (787) 435-1154
  • The View Condo (Apartment/Condo), 516-379-4238

Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Marlin - May/June
  • Fiesta Nacional de la Raza - October
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua - June
    Every year, Ceiba celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 885-2180
  • Maraton de los Enamorados - February
  • Maraton del Pavo - November

Symbols

Flag

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.

Code of Arms

Ceiba Coat of Arms

In field of gold, one ceiba tree, a mural crown, at the head a cross in gold with lily flowers of the same metal. The shield is flanked by two sugar cane stems, with their leaves crossed at the bottom. The ceiba tree symbolizes the name of the town and simultaneously represents the indigenous prehistory of Puerto Rico. The cross and the lily flowers represent the first and last name of Don Luis de la Cruz, founder of the town. The cross also symbolizes the Christian faith.

Anthem

The anthem of Ceiba was written by Carmen E. Perez. The title is Ceiba....

Education

There are 7 public schools in Ceiba, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Demographics *

13,631
Population
12,946 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 29.04 sq mi

Density: 469.4 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $19,520
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 42.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

5,213
Number of households
Housing units density: 267.0

Persons per household: 3.12

High school grad or higher: 72.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.2381° N, 65.6278° W

Zip Code: 00735, 00742

Driving Distance from San Juan: 33 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 1 minute


Did You Know?

On the United States, Puerto Ricans are the second largest Hispanic origin group (4 million) (Brown and Patten, 2014), following Mexicans (34 million in 2012) and ahead of Cubans (2 million) and Salvadorans (2 million).