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Salinas is known as La Cuna del Mojito Isleño (the cradle of the islander dip). Salinas was founded in 1841 by Agustín Colón Pacheco.

Salinas is home of the Albergue Olímpico, an Olympic training center. The facilities includes: the Puerto Rican Museum of Sports, a botanical garden, several shops, and a Water Park. Open daily: 8:00am-10:00pm, (787) 824-2607.

Atardecer en Salinas I (Photo: Eileen Bonilla)

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1987. The reserve is located between the coasts of Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The two main components: Mar Negro mangrove forest, which consists of a mangrove forest and a complex system of lagoons and channels interspersed with salt and mud flats; and Cayos Caribe Islets, which are surrounded by coral reefs and seagrass beds, with small beach deposits and upland areas. Open Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm, (787) 864-0105. Guided tours are offered upon request andreservation.

Salinas is located in the southern coast of the island, south of Aibonito and Cayey; southeast of Coamo, east of Santa Isabel; and west of Guayama.

The town is a fishing center and known for its seafood restaurants. The surrounding areas produces sugar cane and salt.

There are many well-known salinenses, among them: Antonio Ferre, and Agustin Colon Pacheco.

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

  • Aguirre
  • Coquí
  • Lapa
  • Palmas
  • Pueblo
  • Quebrada Yeguas
  • Río Jueyes
  • San Felipe

Things to See and Do In Salinas

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Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval Abey - February
  • Festival del Pescao - June
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Senora de la Monserrate - September
    Every year, Salinas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 824-3060


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Anthem: Salinas, Salinas...


There are 20 public schools in Salinas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

30,371 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 69.37 sq mi

Density: 448.0 per sq mi

Median Age: 34.8

Economics *

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

Median household income: $13,495
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 58.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 207.3

Persons per household: 3.21

High school grad or higher: 68.1%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1144° N, 66.1681° W

Zip Code: 00751

Driving Distance from San Juan: 53.4 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico is a very diverse region, with a mountain range, coastal plains, a desert and a rainforest.