Screaming tires and a whole load of adrenaline just waiting to wash over both the unwary and the dedicated racing fan – that’s what the Caribbean Raceway Park offers to its visitors. Located in Carolina, a city in Puerto Rico’s northern part, the Raceway exists to satisfy the need for speed of locals and overseas visitors alike.
Although it may seem incongruous in an island that’s renowned for its idyllic beaches and lovely historical forts, the Raceway is able to hold its own in a city that’s recognized for its agricultural past and current industrial achievements.
The adrenaline push that powers the Raceway is reflected in the character of Carolina, the city. Founded in 1816, Carolina has the been bestowed many nicknames, two of which are both highly unusual. One of the unusual nicknames (hold on to your seats!) El Pueblo de los Tumbas Brazos, literally, “The Town of Arm Hackers.” Folk stories have it that such a gruesome name arose because of the manner that early settlers allegedly settled their conflicts – by holding duels that would supposedly end up with limbs getting hacked off.
It remains a matter of dispute whether such encounters actually took place. Maybe it’s mostly an exaggeration, given how Puerto Rican history is steeped in the machismo that is a staple of both Carib Indian and Spanish cultures.
Whatever it may be, such duels are no longer rampant in Carolina, and instead, what exists is a progressive, highly industrialized city that is home to almost 200,000 residents, which is not surprising, considering how Carolina is the island’s fourth largest city.
Land of the Giants
Another unusual nickname of Carolina is La Tierra de Gigantes, literally, “Land of the Giants.” This titles was in reference to Don Felipe Birriel, known to be the tallest Puerto Rican to have ever lived. Don Felipe stood at seven feet and eleven inches, and he resided in Carolina. Fortunately, the modern people of Carolina are not in any way arm-hacking giants. Instead, they are very friendly and welcoming to visitors.
Other Places of Interest
While the Caribbean Raceway Park may provide great entertainment to those who watch the racing events that take place there – wall collisions and screeching brakes being matters of high expectation – there are other interesting activities and other vibrant places to visit in Carolina.
These include the:
• Buena Vista Ruins
• Loíza’s Big River
• Carolina Beach
• Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
• Julia de Burgos Park
• Roberto Clemente Ciudad Deportiva
• Jesús T. Piñero Monument
• Piñones Beach
• Isla Verde Club Gallístico
• Casa Escute Art Gallery
As is typical in an island that’s surrounded by beaches, tourists who go to Carolina to watch the events at the Raceway Park, also become sun worshippers, play beach volleyball with the engaging locals, or go swimming.
Yet, for all that, sometimes it’s the love of seeing and hearing cars going at top speed in death-defying matches that visitors long for. If that’s the case, it’s easy to call up (787) 768 3424 to get more information about the heart-pumping events that take place in the Caribbean Raceway Park.