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Ciales, Puerto Rico

Municipio de Ciales
Young man and older man horse-back riding in Ciales barrio-pueblo
Horse-back riding in Ciales barrio-pueblo
Flag of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms of Ciales, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms
See below
Anthem: "El cantar de tus ríos es mensaje"
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Ciales Municipality
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Ciales Municipality
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Founded June 24, 1820
 • Total 66.48 sq mi (172.17 km2)
 • Land 66 sq mi (172 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (.17 km2)
 • Total 16,984
 • Density 255.494/sq mi (98.647/km2)
Demonym(s) Cialeños
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 787/939
Major routes PR secondary 140.svg PR secondary 145.svg PR secondary 146.svg PR secondary 149.svg PR secondary 157.svg Ellipse sign 144.svg

Ciales is a town and municipality of Puerto Rico, located on the Central Mountain Range, northwest of Orocovis; south of Florida and Manatí; east of Utuado and Jayuya; and west of Morovis. Ciales is spread over eight barrios and Ciales Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Ciales was founded on June 24, 1820 by Isidro Rodríguez.


  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Rivers are: Río Cialitos, Río Grande de Manatí, Río Toro Negro, and Río Yunes.
  • Zip Code 00638



  • Cialitos
  • Cordillera
  • Frontón
  • Hato Viejo
  • Jaguas
  • Pesas
  • Pozas
  • Toro Negro


Landmarks and places of interest

  • Hacienda Negrón
  • Las Archillas Cavern
  • Las Golondrinas Cavern
  • Parada Choferil
  • Toro Negro Forest Reserve
  • Yuyú cueva
  • El chorro de Doña Juana


Festivals and events

  • Cantata Corretjer - March 19
  • Agua Dulce Festival - August
  • Frontón Festival - July
  • San Elías Festival - July
  • Matron Festivities - October


Ciales is the home town of Juan "Pachín" Vicens - Puerto Rico's undisputed national basketball star, named Best Player in the World at the 1959 World Basketball Championship, Santiago de Chile (a.k.a., Juan "Pachín" Vicens, "Astro del Balón", "El Jeep"; younger brother of Puerto Rico's National Poet, Nimia Vicens, who also hailed from Ciales). Their middle brother, Enrique "Coco" Vicens, a former Puerto Rico Senator, was a track and field athlete in his own right.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 18,115
1910 18,398 1.6%
1920 20,730 12.7%
1930 20,492 −1.1%
1940 22,906 11.8%
1950 19,464 −15.0%
1960 18,106 −7.0%
1970 15,595 −13.9%
1980 16,211 3.9%
1990 18,084 11.6%
2000 19,811 9.5%
2010 18,782 −5.2%
2020 16,984 −9.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010 2020

Ciales has one of the lowest percentages of English speakers in Puerto Rico.

When researching the town's parochial baptismal records historian Fernando Picó found that more than half the offspring baptised at the end of the nineteenth century were born out of wedlock.



The flag is divided into seven unequal stripes described in sequence: yellow, red, yellow, purple, yellow, red, and yellow.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms consists of a gold shield with a lion standing on its rear legs and silverplated nails grasping a silver coiled parchment between its front claws. The lion also shows a red tongue. Above the lion in the superior part of the shield are located three heraldic roses arranged horizontally with red petals and green leaves. A golden crown of three towers rests on the shield. The three towers are united by walls, simulating masonry blocks. The shield is surrounded by a crown of coffee tree branches with their berries, all in natural colors.



The Ciales economy has always depended heavily on agriculture, especially coffee products, minor fruits (such as lettuce) and dairy production.


Ciales, Puerto Rico Terminal for public transportation
Terminal de Carros Públicos Ciales on Calle Palmer

There is a public transportation terminal in downtown Ciales. In addition, there are 18 bridges in Ciales, including the NRHP-listed Manatí Bridge at Mata de Plátano.

Notable people from Ciales

  • Armando Carlo Asencio Rosado-barril de bomba artisan.
  • Edwin Avilés - singer and part of the Los Pleneros de la Cresta quintet.
  • Ramón Barrios - Socialist Party delegate to the Constitutional Convention of Puerto Rico.
  • Juan Antonio Corretjer - Nationalist and poet, considered the National Poet of Puerto Rico.
  • Ángel de Jesús Sánchez - fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
  • Raúl Feliciano - basketball player and lawyer.
  • Ed Figueroa - MLB Baseball Player
  • Juan Figueroa - Former-president of Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.
  • Antonio J. González - Puerto Rico Independence Party founder and gubernatorial candidate, Puerto Rican Union Party gubernatorial candidate, and UPRRP College of Social Sciences dean.
  • Jovino González Rodríguez - seven-time National Troubadour.
  • José Emilio González Velázquez - Politician
  • Luis Maldonado - Politician
  • Ángel Chayanne Martínez - Politician
  • Luis Molina Casanova [es] - Film director and scriptwriter.
  • Jorge Luis Morales [es] - Poet and writer
  • Jorge Shamil Ocasio - Singer/song writer. Finalist on the third season of Idol Puerto Rico and top 5 on Tengo Talento Mucho Talento season 15. Well know in Ciales as Jorgito el Niño Trovador. He is also cousin with Joseph, Joshuan and Jeyluix Ocasio from Pleneros de La Crssta
  • Jeyluix Ocasio - singer and part of the Los Pleneros de la Cresta quintet, brother of Joshua and Joseph Ocasio.
  • Joshua Ocasio - singer and part of the Los Pleneros de la Cresta quintet, brother of Jeyluix and Joseph Ocasio.
  • Joseph Ocasio - singer and part of the Los Pleneros de la Cresta quintet, brother of Joshua and Jeyluix Ocasio.
  • Mercedes Otero - Politician
  • Jorge L. Porras Cruz - Educator and writer, Hispanic Studies department chair at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus
  • Edwin Reyes [es] - Poet and writer
  • José L. Rivera - USMC, recipient of the Navy Cross
  • Gabriel Rodríguez Aguiló - Politician
  • Juan José Rodríguez Pérez - Politician
  • Hiram Rosado - Nationalist
  • Carlos Manuel Rosario - Activist
  • Luis Sánchez Morales - Politician
  • Adalberto Santiago - Salsa singer, Tony Vega's cousin.
  • Arturito Santiago Labrador - singer and restaurateur, highly recognized in the jíbaro music scene.
  • Arturo Santiago Guzmán - four-time National Troubadour, son of Arturito Santiago Labrador.
  • Lisvette M. Sanz González - singer and guitar player, part of the Hermanos Sanz duo.
  • Luis Sanz González - singer and cuatro player, part of the Hermanos Sanz duo.
  • Tony Vega - salsa singer, Adalberto Santiago's cousin.
  • Vanessa Vélez - Volleyball player.
  • Enrique "Coco" Vicéns - Basketball Player
  • Juan "Pachín" Vicéns - Basketball Player
  • Nimia Vicéns - poet, proclaimed Puerto Rico's national poet by Pedro Albizu Campos.

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