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Ceiba, Puerto Rico

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Country  United States
Unemployment rate  11.7% (Dec 2014)
Area  77.33 sq mi
Founded  April 7, 1838
Mayor  Hon. Angelo Cruz Ramos (PNP)
Population  13,440 (2011)

Ceiba is a small municipality in northeast Puerto Rico. It is named after the famous Ceiba tree. Ceiba is located in the north coast of the island, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Naguabo, south of Fajardo, and east of Rio Grande. Located about one hours driving distance from San Juan. Ceiba is spread over 7 wards and Ceiba Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the Fajardo Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Map of Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Ceiba, situated near Fajardo, used to be home of an American military air-base, the Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. Most of the units there were relocated and the base was closed in 2004. Ex-governor Sila Maria Calderon suggested turning the property into a major international airport, to serve as a relief to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, and to increase the number of international airlines that operate into Puerto Rico. She was met with skepticism about these plans from such groups as environmentalists, economists and others, but in 2008, Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport was inaugurated at the bases former site.

Ceiba puerto rico former us navy base

Locals are commonly known as "Los Come Sopa" (The Soup Eaters). Even though there is no official reason as to why they are called this, a few stories have been suggested. Among the tales is the belief that since the town did not have a local meat market people had to travel long distances in order to buy some meat and therefore mostly ate soup.

Ceiba is also known as "La Ciudad del Marlin" (The town of the Marlin).


Ceiba, Puerto Rico in the past, History of Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Ceiba was founded on April 7, 1838 by Luis de la Cruz. Ceiba derives its name from an Indian word Seyba, which is the name for a famous tree that grows in the island, the Ceiba pentandra,(Kapok).


Ceiba is home of the Ceiba Forest (787) which extends along the coastline between Ceiba and Fajardo. 95% of the forest is classified as mangrove. Various species of birds can be seen as well as turtles and manatees. Its rivers includes; Rio Daguao, Rio Demajagua and Rio Fajardo.

Ceiba, Puerto Rico Beautiful Landscapes of Ceiba, Puerto Rico

The municipality extends northwest into the seas between Fajardo and Culebra and thereby includes the reefs and islets named Arrecifes Hermanos and Arrecifes Barriles. The reef are closest to the coastal barrio (ward) of Machos, but barrio boundaries are not defined in that area.


Ceiba, Puerto Rico Tourist places in Ceiba, Puerto Rico
  • Ceiba Historic Mural
  • Los Machos Beach
  • Medio Mundo Beach
  • Roosevelt Roads Base (a former United States Navy installation which is now closed)
  • The cellist Pablo Casals lived in Ceiba.
  • Culture

    Ceiba, Puerto Rico Culture of Ceiba, Puerto Rico

    Former IBF world Jr. Middleweight boxing champion Carlos Santos hails from Ceiba. Ceiba also has an amateur AAA baseball team Los Marlins de Ceiba. Chi-chi Rodrigez, Pro golfer is from Ceiba.


    Manufacturing (plywood, apparell, hardware products).

    Festivals and events

    Ceiba, Puerto Rico Festival of Ceiba, Puerto Rico
  • Enamorado (Lovers) Marathon - February
  • Air Show - April 2/3
  • Marlin Festival - May - June
  • Fiestas Patronales-San Antonio de Padua (Patron Saint Festivities) - June
  • Fiesta Nacional de la Raza (Race) - October
  • Marathon Del Pavo - November
  • Encendido Navideno Men- December
  • References

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