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Rincón is known as Pueblo del Surfing (the surfing town) and El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres (the town of beautiful sunsets). Rincón was founded in 1771 by Luis de Añasco.

The town of Rincón is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. To the north, nestles between La Cadena Mountains and a series of beaches facing the Atlantic to the north and the Caribbean to the south. The half-dozen reef-lined Atlantic beaches have become a winter mecca for skilled surfers since the World Surfing Championship was held here nearly twenty years ago. Endangered humpback whales visit in the winter.

Rincon Sunset
Rincon Sunset
Photo: Ramon Morales

The Punta Higuero Lighthouse was built by the Spaniards in the early 1890s, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1921. This lighthouse still in use and it uses an unmanned 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon.

There are a few small hotels and surfing shops in this charming town and mangos grow everywhere. There is also an observation park for whale watching.

Rincón is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Atalaya
  • Barrero
  • Calvache
  • Cruces
  • Ensenada
  • Jagüey
  • Bo. Pueblo
  • Puntas
  • Rincón Pueblo
  • Ro Grande

Things to See and Do In Rincón

Want to know what to see and do in Rincón? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival del Coco - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Santa Rosa de Lima - August
    Every year, Rincon celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 823-2575


Anthem: Rincón es mi pueblo querido...


There are 8 public schools in Rincon, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

14,913 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 14.29 sq mi

Density: 1063.7 per sq mi

Median Age: 40.5

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,842
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 53.50 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 678.4

Persons per household: 3.05

High school grad or higher: 60.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3403° N, 67.2517° W

Zip Code: 00677

Driving Distance from San Juan: 96.7 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 27 minutes

Did You Know?

Many have suggested that the Jones Act of 1917 was solely a means of creating a "blood tax" on Puerto Rico and adding to the supply of available men to add to the World War I effort. (Russell Baruffi)