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Moca, Puerto Rico

(MO-kah)

Moca is known as "La Ciudad del Mundillo" (bobbin lace capital). Moca was founded in June 22, 1772 by José de Quiñones.

Moca is located in the northwest region of the island, north of Añasco; southeast of Aguadilla; east of Aguada; and west of Isabela and San Sebastián.


Iglesia San Juan Nepomuceno
(Photo: Manuel Santiago)

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

  • Antonio Caban Vale, "El Topo", folklore singer
  • Enrique A. Laguerre Vélez, writer and educator

Moca is made up of 17 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Aceitunas
  • Capá
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Cruz
  • Cuchillas
  • Marías
  • Naranjo
  • Plata
  • Pueblo
  • Rocha
  • Voladoras

Restaurants

  • Dannys Pinchos (Puerto Rican), (787) 877-0743
  • Restaurante Chino Wing Hing (Chinese), (787) 862-6338

Accommodations

  • Hacienda Los Castillos (Hotel), (787) 877-4900
  • La Rocha Inn Hotel (Hotel), 787-896-3238

Festivals and Events

  • Festival del Camaron - May
  • Festival del Mundillo - November
    Moca welcomes everybody to its Bobbin Lace Festival. Exhibits of bobbin lace (mundillo) as well as other types of weaving and knitting take place at the plaza town. The festival also includes: weaving demonstrations, traditional music, food and drinks. (787) 818-0105
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Senora de la Monserrate - September
    Every year, Moca celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 877-2270
  • Mundillo Festival - November
    Moca celebrates every year this festival where you can view displays of delicate bobbin lace. (787) 877-2270
  • Parranda del Enchaquetao - December

Symbols

Moca Flag

Anthem: Doce barrios, doce estrellas...

Education

There are 17 public schools in Moca, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Climate

10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

Population
37,460

Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 50.34 sq mi

Density: 706.1 per sq mi

Median Age: 41

Sex: 51% female

Economics **

Per capita income
$11,214
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $16,033
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 53.3%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
13,482
Housing units density:
333.7 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.62

High school grad or higher: 70.2%

Marital status: 48% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted - Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.
** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3947° N, 67.1133° W

Zip Code: 676

Driving Distance from San Juan: 87 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 11 minutes




Did You Know?

San Juan is the oldest continuously inhabited city in a U.S. territory.