Rincón, P.R.

Rincón (Spanish pronunciation: [riŋˈkon]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico founded in 1771 by Don Luis de Añasco (Founder of Añasco in 1733). It is located in the Western Coastal Valley, west of Añasco and Aguada. Rincón is spread over 8 wards and Rincón Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián Metropolitan Statistical Area.

 

Rincón has a population of about 17,000 and is the third richest municipality only after Carolina and San Juan. It is home to many of the best surfing beaches in Puerto Rico, including Domes, Marias, Tres Palmas, Sandy Beach, Pools Beach, and Rincon Town Beach Plaza. It is also home to many calm, clear Caribbean beaches including Córcega Beach.

 

The word "Rincón" means corner. Rincón is on the North Western Part of Puerto Rico.

 

Economy

Punta Higüeras Lighthouse

 

The 1968 World Surfing Championship was held at Domes Beach in Rincon. Since then, surfers from around the world have been visiting Rincon in search of the perfect wave. Now Rincon has a thriving tourism economy which also boasts world class scuba diving, snorkeling, and beautiful sunsets. Rincon has also been a favorite area for Internet based companies to set up shop.

 

In 2007, Rincon hosted the ISA World Masters where local surfer Juan Ashton won 1st place in the Masters division.

Agriculture

 

Fruit and sugar cane. Cattle ranching.

Industry

 

In Rincón the major industry is tourism. There is much to do in Rincón such as surfing, snorkeling, horse back riding and going to the beach.[2] This is why most of the stores cater to tourists. You'll find that many people speak English in Rincón.

 

Rincón was the site of a small nuclear reactor plant in the 1960s, that was subsequently closed and claimed clean. In the 1980s, the U.S. government reportedly performed more cleaning, and there are now plans to open it to the public as a museum.[citation needed] It was Puerto Rico's only nuclear reactor.

Tourism

 

Landmarks and places of interest

 

-Domes Beach

-María's Beach

-Steps Beach

-Sailing

-Balneario de Rincón

-Punta Higüeras Light was built by the Spaniards in the early 1890s and rebuilt after an earthquake in 1921. This working lighthouse uses an unmanned 26,000-candlepower rotating beacon.

-Tres Palmas Coral Reef Reserve

-The Spanish Wall

-Rincon Skate Park (Only indoor skate park in the Caribbean)

 

Surfing

 

Rincon is well known as a place to surf. What put Rincón on the map was the 1968 World Surfing Championship, held at Domes and Maria's Beaches. The winter surf along Rincón's coast is some of the best in the region. Generally regarded as one of the best surf spots across the globe, Rincón draws surfers from around the world. Rincón is the center of the island surf scene. Dubbed the "Caribbean's Hawaii," winter waves here can approach 25–30 feet (6.7m) in height, sometimes equaling the force of the surf on Oahu's north shore. Famed surfing beaches in town include Little Malibu, Tres Palmas, Maria's, Indicators, Domes, Pools, Sandy Beach and Antonio's. The best time to surf is from November through March, but summer storms can also kick up the surf during the late summer.

 

 

 

 

Festivals and events

 

Whale Festival - March

Rincón International Film Festival - April

Coconut Festival - May

Feast of the Patron Saint, Santa Rosa de Lima - August

Triatlon and Triatlon Caribbean Cup

Numerous Surfing Championships

Local Bands (Reggae and Latin Rock)