Welcome back on our tour through Puerto Rico! Today, I’d love to show you Rio Grande Puerto Rico. I’m going to try not to bore you to much with the whole history trip but I must say the history of Rio Grande is pretty awesome! Well, it’s an awesome place to visit!
Rio Grande is pronounced (REE-o GRAHN-de)
Ready or not here we go……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. The Río Grande flag consists of two horizontal stripes of equal size united by a white triangle placed on the side of the mast. On the white triangle is a Puerto Rican parrot.
The town was named after the great river that bathe its lands, Río Grande.
Río Grande is located in the Northern Coastal Valley, only 30 minutes from San Juan. North of Las Piedras, Naguabo and Ceiba; east of Loíza and Canóvanas and west of Luquillo.
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. I stayed at the Gran Melia last year in August and it was truly beautiful something out of a storybook! You can go back if you like to search my post on the Gran Melia.
Within a ten-minute drive is El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest within the United States National Forest System.
Did you know that Rio Grande is made up of 9 barrios? (wards/districts):
- Cienega Alta
- Ciénaga Baja
- Guzmán Abajo
- Guzmán Arriba
- Mameyes II
Before I finish you should know there are many well-known riograndeños, among them: Franciso Mojica, Jesus Parilla Calderon, Eugenio Guerra, José Reymundi, Ovidio de Jesus Vargas, Enrique Calderon, Agustin Guerra, Manuel Siaca Rivera, Cecilia Arnaldi de Olmeda, and Carmen Reyes Padro.
Next time you plan a trip to PR make sure to stop by the rain forest before you leave. No trip is complete without going to get in touch with nature!