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Salinas, Puerto Rico
Flag of Salinas, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms of Salinas, Puerto Rico
Coat of arms
"El Pueblo del Mojo Isleño", "Cuna del Mojito Isleño", "Los Peces Voladores", "Los Marlins"
Anthem: "Salinas"
Location of Salinas in Puerto Rico
Location of Salinas in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded July 22, 1851
 • Total 69.7 sq mi (180.4 km2)
 • Total 31,078
 • Density 445.9/sq mi (172.27/km2)
 • Racial groups
(2000 Census)
74.6% White
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 787-537, 787-824, 787-853

Salinas (Salines) is a 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 7 wards 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 "mojito isleño".

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

Salinas is also home to Miss Universe 2006, Zuleyka Rivera.


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


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.

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