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Maricao

(mah-ree-KOU)

Maricao is known as "El Pueblo de las Indieras" (town of indian settlements). Maricao was founded on April 10, 1874 by Bernardo Collado, Julián Ayala, Francisco M. Sojo Napoleón Pietri and Leoncio S. Martínez.


Maricao Church
Photo: Jose Caraballo

The town borders the Maricao Fish Hatchery, a collection of tanks and ponds in a garden setting, where some 25,000 fish are raised yearly to stock farm fishponds and island lakes. The hatchery is part of the Maricao Forest Reserve, also known as Monte del Estado. Though of dryer vegetation than the other mountain forest, The forest is home to large number of bird species and a vast amount of flora, 582 species, 339 genera and 113 families. Its stone observation tower provides far-flung views to the coast and the Mona Passage.

Economy

Maricao's agriculture is a central part of the city's economy, specifically coffee plantations. Maricao is known for producting one of the best coffees in the island. The city also producews fruits and vegetables.

Geography

Maricao, at the western edge of the mountains, is a small town set around a small plaza in hilly terrain, north of San Germán;, Sabana Grande and Yauco; south of Las Marias and Lares; southeast of Mayagüez; and west of Adjuntas.

Maricao is made up of 7 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bucarabones
  • Indiera Alta
  • Indiera Baja
  • Indiera Fría
  • Maricao Afuera
  • Montoso
  • Pueblo

Climate

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Restaurants

  • Casona de Juanita (Puerto Rican), (787) 831-7575
  • La Casa de Los Tostones Gigantes (Puerto Rican), (787) 838-5572

Festivals and Events

  • Coffee Harvest Festival - February
    Maricao celebrates "la toma de cafe" every year. The festival takes place in the plaza town and features folkloric music, crafts displays, typical cuisine and demonstrations of coffee preparations. (787) 838-2290
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Juan Bautista - June
    Every year, Maricao celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 838-2290

Symbols

Maricao Flag

Anthem: Sobre las verdes altura...

Education

There are 6 public schools in Maricao, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Demographics *

6,276
Population
6,103 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 36.62 sq mi

Density: 171.4 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,104
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 56.40 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

2,289
Number of households
Housing units density: 74.8

Persons per household: 3.23

High school grad or higher: 60.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1808° N, 66.9800° W

Zip Code: 00606

Driving Distance from San Juan: 86.5 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes


Did You Know?

In 1900, Puerto Rico became U.S. first unincorporated territory.