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Río Grande, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Río Grande, Puerto Rico
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Nickname(s): La Ciudad del Yunque
Anthem: "Entre las ondas que juguetean"
Location of Río Grande in Puerto Rico
Location of Río Grande in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded July 25, 1840
Area
 • Total 89.6 sq mi (232.11 km2)
 • Land 60.7 sq mi (157.28 km2)
 • Water 28.9 sq mi (74.83 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 54,304
 • Density 606.1/sq mi (233.958/km2)
Demonym(s) Riograndeños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00721, 00745

Río Grande (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈri.o ˈɣɾande], Big River) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the Northern Coastal Valley, north of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; east of Loíza and Canóvanas and west of Luquillo. Río Grande is spread over eight wards and Río Grande Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Río Grande was founded on July 16, 1840, by Desiderio and Quilimaco Escobar, with the approbation of governor Miguel López. It was named after the Río Grande and is located where the Río Grande and the Río Espíritu Santo (Holy Spirit) join.

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Ciénaga Alta - 4,606
  • Ciénaga Baja - 18,220
  • Guzmán Abajo - 6,614
  • Guzmán Arriba - 928
  • Herreras - 839
  • Jiménez - 2,903
  • Mameyes II - 2,919
  • Río Grande Pueblo
  • Zarzal - 13,385

Tourism

Río Grande is home to one of the largest secluded areas with beach access (Coco Beach) on the entire island. Major hotels in the area include Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Resort and Gran Melia Puerto Rico Resort. Every March, the Trump International Golf Club plays host to the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.

Within a ten-minute drive is El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest within the United States National Forest System and a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of Nature receiving thousands of votes from around the globe at www.n7w.com.

Hotels

  • The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort and Spa
  • Gran Melia Golf Resort
  • St. Regis Beach Resort

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Coco Beach
  • El Yunque
  • Indio Cave
  • Las Picúas Beach

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Cross Festival (May)
  • Patron Celebrations (July)

Sports

Baseball, basketball and handball are popular sports in Río Grande. Also many play tennis.

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