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This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2010) Rincón, Puerto Rico —  Municipality  — Flag Nickname(s): "El Pueblo de los Bellos Atardeceres", "Los Surfers", "El Pueblo del Surfing" Anthem: "Rincón es mi pueblo querido" Location of Rincón in Puerto Rico Coordinates: 18°20′25″N 67°15′06″W / 18.34028°N 67.25167°W / 18.34028; -67.25167Coordinates: 18°20′25″N 67°15′06″W / 18.34028°N 67.25167°W / 18.34028; -67.25167 Country United States Territory Puerto Rico Founded 1771 Government  - Mayor Hon. Carlos López (PPD)  - Senatorial dist. 4 Mayagüez  - Representative dist. 18 Area  - Total 29.4 sq mi (76.12 km2)  - Land 13.9 sq mi (36 km2)  - Water 15.5 sq mi (40.12 km2) Population (2000)  - Total 14,301  - Density 486.6/sq mi (187.9/km2) Demonym Rinconeños Time zone AST (UTC-4) zip 00677 Website rinconpr.net [1] 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 Corcega Beach. The word "Rincón" means corner. Rincón is on the North Western Part of Puerto Rico.[1] Contents 1 Flag 2 Coat of arms 3 Geography 4 Economy 4.1 Surfing 4.2 Agriculture 4.3 Industry 4.4 Landmarks and places of interest 4.4.1 Festivals and events 5 References 6 External links // Flag Created and Designed by Mr. Evaristo Cardona Moreno and Art performed by Jose Luis Cardona Martinez (his eldest son). The central white star represents the urban zone. The surrounding nine stars represent the nine wards of the municipality. The red and orange colors symbolize the vigor and the vitality of the city. The yellow represents Christianity. The green represents vegetation and the hope of the progress of the municipality. Finally, the white represents purity and the unity between the wards and the urban zone. Coat of arms Created and designed by Mr. Angel L. Cardona Moreno.The shield consists of a green and orange Spanish blazon, with a yellow band inclined left to right. To the right and on a green background a cross, symbol of Christendom. To the left and on an orange background a Spanish ship, symbol of the discovery of Puerto Rico, in the coasts of Rincón (this is greatly disputed, as the towns of Aguada, Rincón, and Añasco all claim entry-point status). Geography Gorges: Caflo García, Grande de Calvache (longest), Los Ramos, Piletas, Punta Ensenada. River: Río Grande 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. Surfing Rincon is an amazing place to surf. What put it on the map was the 1968 World Surfing Championship held at Domes Beach. Some places to surf are Domes, Marias, Indicators and many more. If you are learning to surf definitely try getting an instructor, these will show you where the best places are for your level of surfing. The winter surf along Rincón's coast is some of the best in the region. Most 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 Pipeline," winter waves here can approach 25 feet (6.7m) in height, equaling the force of the surf on Oahu's north shore. Famed surfing beaches in town include Puntas, Domes, Tres Palmas, Steps, Sandy Beach, Antonio's, Pools, and Maria's. The best time to surf is from November through April, but summer storms can also kick up the surf. 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 tourism. You'll find that many people speak English in Rincón. You will even find Estella Pizza, a pizza shop located on the beach in Corcega beach.[3] Rincón was the site of a 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. Landmarks and places of interest A beach scene in Rincón Domes Beach María Beach Steps Beach Punta Del Mar Macor by the Sea 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. Rincón Pottery: Working studio and gallery in Cruces, Rincón. Offers "Hands on Clay" workshops. Festivals and events Whale Festival - March Rincón International Film Festival 2009: April 28- May 3 Coconut Festival - May Feast of the Patron Saint, Santa Rosa de Lima - August Triatlon and Triatlon Caribbean Cup Numerous Surfing Championships References ^ http://www.rincon.org/ ^ http://rincon-pr.com/ ^ http://www.rincon.org/4-beach-areas-of-rincon/, the Shop belongs to Carlos Rosado and this information can be verified by calling the Municipality of Rincón at (787) 823-2180 Puerto Rico portal Geography portal External links Rincón travel guide from Wikitravel v • d • e Porta del Sol Quebradillas · Isabela · San Sebastian · Moca · Aguadilla · Aguada · Rincon · Añasco · Mayagüez · Las Marías · Maricao · Hormigueros · San Germán · Sabana Grande · Guánica · Lajas · Cabo Rojo v • d • e  Commonwealth of Puerto Rico San Juan (capital) Topics Culture | Geography | Government | History | Economy Metropolitan areas Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastián | Fajardo | Guayama | Mayagüez | Ponce | San Germán-Cabo Rojo | San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo | Yauco Municipalities Adjuntas | Aguada | Aguadilla | Aguas Buenas | Aibonito | Añasco | Arecibo | Arroyo | Barceloneta | Barranquitas | Bayamón | Cabo Rojo | Caguas | Camuy | Canóvanas | Carolina | Cataño | Cayey | Ceiba | Ciales | Cidra | Coamo | Comerío | Corozal | Culebra | Dorado | Fajardo | Florida | Guánica | Guayama | Guayanilla | Guaynabo | Gurabo | Hatillo | Hormigueros | Humacao | Isabela | Jayuya | Juana Díaz | Juncos | Lajas | Lares | Las Marías | Las Piedras | Loíza | Luquillo | Manatí | Maricao | Maunabo | Mayagüez | Moca | Morovis | Naguabo | Naranjito | Orocovis | Patillas | Peñuelas | Ponce | Quebradillas | Rincón | Río Grande | Sabana Grande | Salinas | San Germán | San Juan | San Lorenzo | San Sebastián | Santa Isabel | Toa Alta | Toa Baja | Trujillo Alto | Utuado | Vega Alta | Vega Baja | Vieques | Villalba | Yabucoa | Yauco Islands Culebra | Desecheo | Icacos | Caja de Muertos | Isleta de San Juan | Mona | Monito | Puerto Rico | Vieques