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Florida is known as "La Tierra del Río Encantado" (land of the enchanted river). Originally known as Florida Afuera and belonging to Manatí, Florida was founded on June 14, 1971. Florida was the last founded municipality in Puerto Rico. This town derives its name from the flowers and natural resources that grows in its fields.


Florida is located north of Utuado and Ciales; south of Barceloneta; east of Arecibo; and west of Manatí.

Florida is made up of 2 barrios (wards/districts): Florida Adentro and Pueblo.


Florida annual precipitation is 73 inches, and its average temperature is 76°F.

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Notable People

There are many well-known "florideños", among them: Francisco Frías.


  • La Hamaca Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-4891
  • La Terraza Fried Chicken (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0348
  • Melos BBQ (American), (787) 829-4780
  • Restaurante Las Cabañas (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-3131
  • Restaurante Star Light (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0438
  • Restaurante Vida Ventura (International), (787) 829-9096
  • Sushill's Fried Chicken (Chinese), (787) 829-1952

Festivals and Events

  • Certamen de Aguinaldo - January
  • Festival de Reyes - January
  • Fiesta Cultural Rio Encantado - October
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes - September
    Every year, Florida celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 822-2600



It consists of three horizontal stripes, with the following colors and widths: green the superior and white the inferior, with five modules of width each one, the center one red, with a width of one module.


Florida's anthem was written by Celia Arenas. The title is Florida jardin hermoso...


There are 5 public schools in Florida, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Demographics *

12,590 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 15.21 sq mi

Density: 833.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,750
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 54.80 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 337.7

Persons per household: 3.22

High school grad or higher: 72.0%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3636° N, 66.5714° W

Zip Code: 00650

Driving Distance from San Juan: 31.8 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Did You Know?

Contrary to popular belief the Puerto Rican flag is not based on the American Flag, but the Cuban flag. Puerto Rico adopted the same flag design, which was unveiled in 1895. In 1952, the blue field was changed from a light blue to a darker blue, like the American flag.