Rincón (ring-KON) is a municipality of Puerto Rico founded in 1771 by Luis de Añasco. It is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. Rincón is spread over 8 wards and Rincón Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city).
Rincón has a population of about 17,000 and is the third richest municipality only after Carolina and San Juan. It is home to many of the best surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Domes, Marias, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach, Pools Beach, and Rincon Town Beach Plaza.
Created and Designed by Mr. Evaristo Cardona Moreno and Art performed by Jose Luis Cardona Martinez (his older son). The central white star represents the urban zone. The surrounding nine stars represent the nine wards of the municipality. The red and orange colors symbolize the vigor and the vitality of the city. The yellow represents Christianity. The green represents vegetation and the hope of the progress of the municipality. Finally, the white represents purity and the unity between the wards and the urban zone.
Coat of Arms
Created and designed by Mr. Angel L. Cardona Moreno.The shield consists of a green and orange Spanish blazon, with a yellow band inclined left to right. To the right and on a green background a cross, symbol of Christendom. To the left and on an orange background a Spanish ship, symbol of the discovery of Puerto Rico, in the coasts of Rincón (this is greatly disputed, as the towns of Aguada, Rincon and Anasco all claim entry-point status).
- Gorges: Caflo García, Grande de Calvache (longest), Los Ramos, Piletas, Punta Ensenada.
- River: Grande
By Conrado Rodríguez
Rincón es mi pueblo querido
yo amo su cielo y su mar,
son verdes sus campos floridos
con brillo de sol tropical.
Las bellezas de sus montañas
son cual bendiciones de Dios.
Sus flores, su brisa y sus cañas
son gratos mensajes de amor.
Rincón, Rincón yo quiero
en tus playas vivir.
Rincón, Rincón yo quiero
en tu suelo morir.
In 1968, the 1st World Championships of surfing was held at Sandy Beach in the Puntas Barrio of Rincon. Since then, surfers from around the world have been visiting Rincon in search of the perfect wave. Now Rincon has a thriving tourism economy which also boasts world class scuba diving (http://www.tainodivers.com), snorkeling (http://www.sailrinconpuertorico.com), and beautiful sunsets (http://www.rincon.org/).
In 2007, Rincon hosted the ISA World Masters where local surfer Juan Ashton won 1st place in the Masters division.
Rincon is a major surf destination around the world. There are numerous beaches that break anywhere from 2' to 25'+. Puerto Rico's famous big-wave spot, Tres Palmas is located in Rincon. Other favorite waves to ride are Marias, Domes, and Sandy Beach. Rincon has warm tropical water and off-shore winds on the west side. The wave season begins in September/October and ends in April/May. (information provided by Playero.com)
Fruit and sugar cane. Cattle ranching.
Chemical, clothing, electrical and electronic products, scientific instruments.
Landmarks and places of interest
- Domes Beach
- María Beach
- Punta Del Mar
- Macor by the Sea
- Punta Higüeras Lighthouse was built by the Spaniards in the early 1890s and rebuilt after an earthquake in 1921. This working lighthouse uses an unmanned 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon.
Festivals and events
- Whale Festival - March
- Coconut Festival - May
- Feast of the Patron Saint, Santa Rosa de Lima - August
- Triatlon and Triatlon Caribbean Cup
- Numerous Surfing Championships
- Carlos Lopez Bonilla - Major of Rincon.
- Domingo Bonet Santos - Senate legislator.
- Juan Sánchez Martínez - First Puerto Rican named Commissioner of Human Rights in New York.
- Roberto Tirado - Latin Pop Singer related to Firefighter Hector L. Tirado lost at the WTC on 9/11/01
- Evaristo Cardona - Teacher, Retired Municipal Councelor, Creator of the Rincon Municipality Flag