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Municipio de Salinas
Town and Municipality
Town Hall of Salinas
Town Hall of Salinas
Flag of Salinas
Coat of arms of Salinas
Coat of arms
"El Pueblo del Mojo Isleño", "Cuna del Mojito Isleño", "Los Marlins"
Anthem: "Salinas"
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Salinas Municipality
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Salinas Municipality
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Founded July 22, 1851
 • Total 69.7 sq mi (180.4 km2)
 • Total 25,789
 • Density 370.00/sq mi (142.95/km2)
 • Racial groups
(2000 Census)
10.6% Black
0.4% American Indian/AN
0.1% Asian
0.1% Native Hawaiian/PI
9.8% Some other race
4.5% Two or more races
Demonym(s) Salinenses
Time zone UTC-4 (AST)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 787/939
Major routes PR secondary 1.svg PR secondary 3.svg Ellipse sign 180.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 52.svg PR primary 53.svg

Salinas is a town and municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico located in the southern coast of the island, south of Aibonito and Cayey; southeast of Coamo, east of Santa Isabel; and west of Guayama. Salinas is spread over 5 barrios and Salinas Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city).

It has long been a fishing spot for Puerto Ricans, known for its beaches, fish variety and the birthplace of the famous "mojo isleño".

Although Salinas doesn't have any commercial airports, there is a military training area there, Camp Santiago, which is one of the training centers of the Puerto Rico National Guard. Army National Guard, Air National Guard, State Guard, U.S. Army ROTC, U.S. Army Reserve and the U.S. Army also conduct military training at Camp Santiago.


Salinas was founded in July 22, 1841 by Don Agustín Colón Pacheco as Mayor, Don Jose Maria Cadavedo as Sargent of Arms, Don Juan Colon as Captain of the Civil Guard and five hacendados which were Don Antonio Semidey, Don Antonio Morelli, Don Francisco Secola, Don Julio Delannoy and Don Jose Antonio Torres.


  • Gorges: The Callao, La Palma y Majada and Pasto Viejo.
  • Lagoons: Mar Negro and Punta Arctias.
  • Rivers: Río Jájome, Río Jueyes, Río Lapa and Río Nigua (Río Salina).
  • Mountains: Cerro Las Tetas.



  • Aguirre (Aguirre Central, Coquí,San Felipe, Las Mareas,Playita)
  • Lapa (Monte Grande, Coco,Parcelas Vazquez, Naranjo,Vertedero, Sabana Llana)
  • Palmas
  • Quebrada Yeguas (Bo. Plena)
  • Río Jueyes (Las 80,Playa)
  • Salinas Pueblo (Pueblo)


Landmarks and places of interest

Cano Matias Salinas Puerto Rico
View of "El Cayo Matias" in Salinas
  • Albergue Olímpico (Olympic Hostel)
  • Aguirre Forest
  • Antigua Central Aguirre (Sugar Cane Mill)
  • Camp Santiago
  • Sports Museum
  • Playa Salinas


Festivals and events

  • Abey Carnival - February
    • Abey - Cacique (Chief) of yucayeque-(village) in the area of Abeyno Salinas, Puerto Rico.
  • Pescao Festival - June
  • Matron Celebration - September
  • Festival Del Mojo Isleño


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 5,731
1910 11,403 99.0%
1920 12,971 13.8%
1930 15,446 19.1%
1940 19,400 25.6%
1950 23,435 20.8%
1960 23,133 −1.3%
1970 21,837 −5.6%
1980 26,438 21.1%
1990 28,335 7.2%
2000 31,113 9.8%
2010 31,078 −0.1%
2020 25,789 −17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010 2020
Demographic distribution
Race - Salinas, Puerto Rico - 2000 Census
Race Population  % of Total
White 4,645 74.6%
Black/African American 647 10.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native 29 0.4%
Asian 8 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Some other race 599 9.8%
Two or more races 211 4.5%



On a green rectangular field, five white isosceles triangles equal in size, placed in the center of the flag and forming a row that covers the extent of the background. The green represents the land and the triangles hills of salt from which the name of the town is derived.

Coat of Arms

The shield uses the traditional colors of the town; green and silver. The salt knolls indicate in graphical form the name of the town: Salinas. The fish refer to the fishing. The sugar cane leaves that surround the shield, symbolize the sugar cane plantations.



Picking tomatoes in Salinas, Puerto Rico
Picking tomatoes in Salinas

Salinas is one of the main agricultural producers on the southern coast of Puerto Rico. It has large banana and papaya farms in its Lapa and Aguirre barrios. The Río Jueyes barrio is one of the main producers of beef in the south, counting with La Hacienda Las Carolinas which supplies Ganaderia Santiago, a slaughter house, with meat. Salinas also is headquarters for Canto Alegre, a company which specializes in poultry. This company supplies most of Puerto Rico's supermarkets with fresh poultry.


  • Apparel
  • Commercial fishing: Salinas has a private marina with a hotel and convention center.


The Aguirre Sugar Cane Mill was the last operational sugarcane mill in Puerto Rico and closed its doors in 1993. The Central Aguirre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic places but there are no current plans to renovate the area and is now mostly in ruins. Some other industries in Salinas include electrical and electronic machinery, plastics, sunglasses.


There are 41 bridges in Salinas.

Notable people

Zuleyka Rivera Miss Universe 2006

Angel Espada former World Boxing Association Welterweight champion of the world

Jay Wheeler Reggaeton singer

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