Located in the northern part of Puerto Rico and part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area, Carolina is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. There are approximately 177,000 people living within the 60 square miles of the city and over 2.5 million in the metropolitan area.
Carolina is a major tourist destination in Puerto Rico and the location of the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport – Puerto Rico’s main connection to the United States and the headquarters of Executive Airlines. There are various hotels, resorts and casinos along the beaches as well. Carolina is also the home of the Plaza Carolina – the largest shopping mall on the island, boasting over 240 stores and restaurants. Along with tourism, Carolina’s other economic sectors include pharmaceutical, medical equipment and chemical manufacturing and commerce. Eastern University, Caribbean University and the University of Puerto Rico all have campuses in Carolina.
Known as the Land of Giants, Carolina was famously the home of a man who grew to be 7’11”. In addition, Carolina is also the home of Roberto Clemente – the first Latin American person to play Major League Baseball.
When Spanish colonists first settled the area in 1816, it was originally called Trujillo Bajo and Trujillo Alto after the city of Trujillo in Spain. However, in 1857 it was renamed San Fernando de la Carolina, later shortened to just Carolina.
You’ll find the Buena Vista Ruins, El San Juan Resort and Casino and the Jesús T. Pinero Monument – dedicated to the first Puerto Rican governor in the United States.
Carolina is considered to be a tropical monsoon climate. Between June and October, average high temperatures reach into the upper-80s. For the most part, highs are in the 80s throughout the year. The coldest months are January through March with the average low dipping to the upper-60s. The average rainfall in Carolina is approximately 59 inches. The wettest months are August, October and November with an average of 6 inches of rainfall per month.
Real estate and rentals are a great deal compared to other nearby cities in Puerto Rico as well as waterfront areas of the United States. From the beach to the inland hills and forests, there are homes, condos and apartments available to suit all budgets and preferences.
Most people who visit Puerto Rico will see Carolina. As home to the Luis Munoz Marín International Airport, the majority of those flying from the United States will land here. With its resorts and hotels, manufacturing and industrial sectors and beautiful coastal areas, Carolina continues to be an attractive place to call home.