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Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Municipality
Flag of Vega Baja
Flag
Nickname(s): Ciudad del "Melao Melao"
Anthem: "Más dulce que la miel es tu recuerdo"
Location of Vega Baja in Puerto Rico
Location of Vega Baja in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded October 7, 1776
Area
 • Total 55.71 sq mi (144.28 km2)
 • Land 47 sq mi (122 km2)
 • Water 8.60 sq mi (22.28 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 59,662
 • Density 1,071.00/sq mi (413.515/km2)
Demonym(s) Vegabajeños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00693, 00694

Vega Baja (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbeɣa ˈβaxa], Lower Riverplain) is a municipality in north central Puerto Rico located in the northern coast, north of Morovis; east of Manatí; and west of Vega Alta. Vega Baja is spread over 13 wards and Vega Baja Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The name Vega Baja in Spanish means "low plains" Geographically, the North of Puerto Rico goes down lower or slighly higher than the level of the Atlantic Ocean and Vega Baja is a coastal town. Other historians believed that as Vega Baja comes from "La Vega" and Vega is a last name of one of the families that were originally in the foundation of Vega Baja, they took it to name the land. It is also believed that the name comes from the region of Spain "La Vega Baja del Segura". Although is generally believed that Vega Baja was founded on 1776, after the division of Vega Alta from La Vega historians have verified that it was many years after that the Spanish Government officially recognized it. The day of foundation generally accepted is October 7 since it is the commemoration of the "Virgin of the Rosary" and Vega Baja was originally known as "Vega-baxa del Naranjal de Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Vega Baja of the Orange of Our Lady of the Rosary)". Orange comes from its previous name based in the fruit that was cultivated in the place.

"Cibuco", name of one of the rivers that carve its fertile lands, is a variation of the name "Sebuco", a chief or Cacique Taíno Indian of the region. These "cells" of Taíno Indians were known to settle in the vicinity of the rivers. Although the Cibuco river is prone to floods due to heavy seasonal rains even to this day, the benefits provided to the land by the river are numerous.

Taino carvings have been found on some of the exposed reefs in the vicinity of the Cibuco river. Among these carvings, one depicting a face and others shaped as fish. They are an indication that these reefs were frequented for spear fishing and perhaps other day-to-day activities. Other places like Carmelita, Maisabel, Cueva Maldita and Paso del Indio are known as archaeological sites where the aborigins established their communities.

Noteworthy Events

In 1990, over a million dollars in cash was found buried in plastic barrels, thought to have been deposited by drug smugglers for later retrieval. The sudden wealth of a few residents attracted attention and prompted an investigation by FBI and local police.

Cityscape

Barrios

  • Algarrobo
  • Almirante Norte
  • Almirante Sur
  • Cabo Caribe
  • Ceiba
  • Pueblo Nuevo
  • Puerto Nuevo
  • Pugnado Adentro
  • Pugnado Afuera
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Río Abajo
  • Río Arriba
  • Vega Baja Pueblo
  • Yeguada

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Casa Alcaldía
  • Casa Alonso Museum
  • Casa Portela Museum
  • El Trece Recreational Area
  • House of Culture and Tourism
  • Man of the Sugar Cane Monument
  • Melao Melao Artisan Center
  • Migrante Square
  • Museo del Salon de la Fama del Deporte Vega Baja Melao Melao
  • Playa Puerto Nuevo and Recreational Area
  • Plaza José Francisco Náter
  • Teatro América
  • Teatro Fénix
  • Tortuguero Lagoon
  • Tortuguero Recreational Area
  • Trinitarias Park

Culture

Festivals and events

Melao Melao Marathon - October
Matron Celebrations - October
Christmas Festival - December
"Blue Marlin" Fishing Tournament

Symbols

Flag

Vega Baja's flag consists of a yellow cloth, crossed by a green band. The band relates to the fertile valley and the river..

Coat of Arms

The Vega Baja Coat of Arms has a v-shape green band, with overlapping roses in silver and three oranges trees, with fruits in gold. In the superior part a five tower crown, silverplated with black and green. The main colors of the shield; green and gold are used traditionally in civic, scholastic and sport activities. The crown five tower indicates that the town holds the rank of Villa by Royal Real Decree.


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