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Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
Municipality
View of the Guajataca Tunnel and coast line of Guajataca Beach
View of the Guajataca Tunnel and coast line of Guajataca Beach
Flag of Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
Flag
Nickname(s): "La Guarida del Pirata", "La Ciudad Pirata", "La Ciudad del Cooperativismo", "El Rincón de Guajataca"
Anthem: "De lejos canto, porque anhela el corazón"
Location of Quebradillas in Puerto Rico
Location of Quebradillas in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded June 7, 1823
Area
 • Total 27.7 sq mi (71.66 km2)
 • Land 23.2 sq mi (60 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (11.66 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 25,919
 • Density 935.7/sq mi (361.69/km2)
Demonym(s) Quebradillanos
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00678

Quebradillas (Spanish pronunciation: [keβɾaˈðiʎas], Smallbrooks) is a municipality of the island of Puerto Rico, located in the north-western shore bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of San Sebastián; east of Isabela; and west of Camuy. Quebradillas is spread over seven wards and Quebradillas Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Quebradillas is called "La Guarida del Pirata" (The Pirate's Hideout). A well known beach in the area, Puerto Hermina, is home to an old structure known to have been a hiding place for pirates and their contraband.

History

The town was founded in 1823 by Felipe Ruiz. This town derives its name from the large amount of streams flowing through it. The name literally means "small streams".

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Cacao
  • Charcas
  • Cocos
  • Guajataca
  • San Antonio
  • San José
  • Terranova

Geography

Quebradillas is home to one of the 20 designated forest preserves in Puerto Rico, the Guajataca Forest. The forest serves as a great example of an unusual topography known as karst country. Karst is characterized by dissolved limestone formations such as sinkholes and haystack-shaped hills known as "mogotes". It is also home to the beautiful man-made reservoir, Guajataca Lake (2.5 mi or 4.0 km long), where you can fish for largemouth bass, peacock bass, tilapia and bluegill (in Spanish known as "chopa"). You can also go hiking or camping. The Boy Scouts of America maintain a campground on the lake known as Camp Guajataca. The name Guajataca comes from the name of a Taíno Indian chief who lived in this area. This Indian chief also gives his name to Guajataca Beach to the north where Río Guajataca flowing from Guajataca Lake meets the Atlantic Ocean. Guajataca Beach is popular with surfers and is known for its white sands and wild waters. This beach is ideal for sunning and collecting seashells.

Climate

The general climate of the town is subtropical.

Climate data for Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 82.5
(28.06)
82.8
(28.22)
83.6
(28.67)
84.6
(29.22)
85.8
(29.89)
86.8
(30.44)
87.1
(30.61)
87.4
(30.78)
87.7
(30.94)
87.5
(30.83)
85.8
(29.89)
84.1
(28.94)
85.5
(29.72)
Average low °F (°C) 66.3
(19.06)
65.4
(18.56)
66.1
(18.94)
67.6
(19.78)
68.7
(20.39)
69.9
(21.06)
71.3
(21.83)
71.4
(21.89)
71.3
(21.83)
70.1
(21.17)
68.7
(20.39)
67.6
(19.78)
68.7
(20.39)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.2
(107)
3.0
(76)
3.4
(86)
4.5
(114)
6.2
(157)
4.8
(122)
3.3
(84)
4.7
(119)
4.7
(119)
5.0
(127)
5.9
(150)
5.0
(127)
54.5
(1,384)
Source: Weatherbase

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • El Merendero (Scenic Park and Ocean Look-Out)
  • Guajataca Lake Reservoir (Inland)
  • La Cabeza del Indio (Indian Head at Puerto Hermina Beach)
  • The Old Liberty Theater (Downtown)
  • El Museo de Muñecas (Doll Museum)[houses over 1,000 Barbie dolls] - in Barrios Cocos
  • Noah's Arc (closed)- in Barrio cocos
  • Puerto Hermina Beach Pirate Ruins
  • El Puente Blanco (Old White Train Bridge)
  • Casa Rafols-Iribas, site of Casa de la Cultura Cacique Mabodamaca (non-profit organization dedicated to preserve the culture, the arts and the historical sites of the town of Quebradillas)
  • ' Los Chorritos Pirata'' kids aquatic park
  • Mini golf course (under construction)
  • Mosaic of nature
  • Miradero Guajataca
  • Race kart course (proposed)

Culture

Festivals and Events

  • Three Kings Wake - January
  • Guajataka Downhill Races & Music Fest - January
  • Kite Festival - February
  • Guajataca Carnival - February
  • Patron Celebrations - October
  • Competition and Festival of the Güiro "Goyo el de Bironcho" - December

Sports

The towns official basketball team is "Los Piratas'' these have won a dramatic amount of tournaments in the past.Presently the team has made a "come back" and has won the championship of the island (2013).

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"The pirates"basketball team
  • Basketball teams
  • Surfing - Guajataca Beach and Puerto Hermina (Pirates Cove)
  • Skateboarding - San Jose Skatepark
  • Baseball - Los Cocos Park
  • Longboarding

Symbols

Flag

It has two red quarters. The red stands for struggle, effort and sacrifice. The other two quarters have each five green and white stripes, similar to those that appear in the shield.

Coat of Arms

The three waved stripes represent the quebradillas, over the green background of the vegetation. The fish and the walking stick (distinctive of the traveler), are insignias of San Rafael Arcángel, by allusion from the episodes narrated in the book of Tobías in the Old Testament.


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