Salinas is known as "La Cuna del Mojito Isleño" (the cradle of the islander dip). Salinas was founded in 1841 by Agustín Colón Pacheco.

Salinas is home of the "Albergue Olímpico", an Olympic training center. The facilities includes: the Puerto Rican Museum of Sports, a botanical garden, several shops, and a Water Park. Open daily: 8:00am-10:00pm, (787) 824-2607.

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1987. The reserve is located between the coasts of Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The two main components: Mar Negro mangrove forest, which consists of a mangrove forest and a complex system of lagoons and channels interspersed with salt and mud flats; and Cayos Caribe Islets, which are surrounded by coral reefs and seagrass beds, with small beach deposits and upland areas. Open Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm, (787) 864-0105. Guided tours are offered upon request andreservation.

Salinas is located in the southern coast of the island, south of Aibonito and Cayey; southeast of Coamo, east of Santa Isabel; and west of Guayama.

The town is a fishing center and known for its seafood restaurants. The surrounding areas produces sugar cane and salt.

There are many well-known "salinenses", among them: Antonio Ferre, and Agustin Colon Pacheco.

Land Area: 179 sq km (69.4 sq mi)
Water Area: 44.93 sq mi
Population: 29,831
Density: 172.4 per sq km (448.3 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 11,876
Housing Density: 171.6
Per Capita Income: $6,133
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Salinas, Salinas...
Wards: Aguirre, Coquí, Lapa, Palmas, Pueblo, Quebrada Yeguas, Río Jueyes and San Felipe.
Driving Distance: 53.4 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes *

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval Abey - February
  • Festival del Pescao - June
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Senora de la Monserrate - September
    Every year, Salinas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 824-3060

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Did You Know?

The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the oldest buildings in San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere; construction began in 1521.