Las Marías, Puerto Rico

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Las Marías

Municipio de Las Marías
Town and Municipality
Flag of Las Marías
"Pueblo de la China Dulce", "Ciudad de los Cítricos"
Anthem: "Por tus montes y tus aguas cristalinas"
Location of Las Marías in Puerto Rico
Location of Las Marías in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°15′5″N 66°59′36″W / 18.25139°N 66.99333°W / 18.25139; -66.99333Coordinates: 18°15′5″N 66°59′36″W / 18.25139°N 66.99333°W / 18.25139; -66.99333
CountryUnited States
TerritoryPuerto Rico
 • MayorEdwin Soto Santiago (NPP)
 • Senatorial dist.4 - Mayagüez
 • Representative dist.16
 • Total46.51 sq mi (120.5 km2)
 • Land46.36 sq mi (120.1 km2)
 • Water.11 sq mi (0.3 km2)
 • Total9,881
 • Density210/sq mi (82/km2)
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code
Major RoutesCR 106 jct wide.svg CR 108 jct wide.svg CR 119 jct wide.svg CR 120 jct wide.svg CR 124 jct wide.svg

Las Marías (Spanish pronunciation: [(lahs mah-REE-yahs)]) is a municipality of Puerto Rico (U.S.) located north of Maricao; southeast of Añasco; south of San Sebastián; east of Mayagüez; and west of Lares. Las Marías is spread over 13 barrios and Las Marías Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city).


Las Marías was founded in July 1, 1872. Don Benito Recio and Moreno were the acting mayor during the founding of Las Marías.

When after the Treaty of Paris (1898), the U.S. conducted its first census of Puerto Rico, the population of Las Marías was 11,279.[1]


Las Marías[2] is located on the central western side of Puerto Rico. According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, the municipality has a total area of 46.51 square miles (120.5 km2), of which 46.36 square miles (120.1 km2) is land and .11 square miles (0.28 km2) is water.

Río Grande de Añasco (also known as Río Guacio) is located in Las Marías.

Hurricane Maria[edit]

Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Las Marías. In some areas of Las Marías there were more than 25 landslides per square mile due to the significant amount of rain that fell.[3][4]


Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Las Marías is subdivided into barrios.[5][6][7][8]


Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

  • Barrietos Cavern
  • Fronteras Hacienda
  • Planell Hacienda
  • Rullán Hacienda
  • San Calisto Hacienda
  • San Carlos Plaza
  • Paco Gaztambide Sugar Mill Ruins
  • Las Canadindias



  • Agriculture: bananas, coffee, and citrus.


  • Manufacturing: clothing.


Festivals and events[edit]

  • Orange Festival - March
  • Foundation of the Town - March
  • Matron Festivities - December
  • Dia De Los Reyes - January


Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, Las Marías is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is Edwin Soto Santiago, from the New Progressive Party (PNP). Soto Santiago was elected during the 2016 general election, having previously served office from 1997 to 2013.

The municipality belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial District IV, which is represented by two Senators. In 2016, Luis Daniel Muñiz Cortés and Evelyn Vázquez were elected as District Senators.[9]


There are 13 bridges in Las Marías.[10]



The flag is divided by an imaginary diagonal line whose ends are the superior left angle of the flag and the opposite lower angle. The superior part is yellow and the lower half is green. The yellow portion represents the sun bathing the town and the green portion represents the nature and vegetation of the municipality.

Coat of arms[edit]

The shield is divided into six parts with three in silver and three in blue. A "María" tree (Callophylum brasiliense antillum), with a pair of coffee tree branches to the sides of its trunk, adorns each silver part. The monogram and crown of Nuestra Señora la Santísima Virgen de Plata is placed in the top center portion of the shield. The shield's border is red with a broken chain at the bottom. Above the shield resides three tower crown in gold.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph Prentiss Sanger; Henry Gannett; Walter Francis Willcox (1900). Informe sobre el censo de Puerto Rico, 1899, United States. War Dept. Porto Rico Census Office (in Spanish). Imprenta del gobierno. p. 164.
  2. ^ "Las Marías Municipality - Municipalities - EnciclopediaPR". Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (FPH).
  3. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico". USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  4. ^ "Preliminary Locations of Landslide Impacts from Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico" (PDF). USGS Landslide Hazards Program. USGS.
  5. ^ Picó, Rafael; Buitrago de Santiago, Zayda; Berrios, Hector H. Nueva geografía de Puerto Rico: física, económica, y social, por Rafael Picó. Con la colaboración de Zayda Buitrago de Santiago y Héctor H. Berrios. San Juan Editorial Universitaria, Universidad de Puerto Rico,1969.
  6. ^ Gwillim Law (20 May 2015). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998. McFarland. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-4766-0447-3. Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  7. ^ Puerto Rico:2010:population and housing unit counts.pdf (PDF). U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. 2010.
  8. ^ "Map of Las Marías at the Wayback Machine" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  9. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
  10. ^ "Las Marías Bridges". National Bridge Inventory Data. US Dept. of Transportation. Retrieved 20 February 2019.