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Rio Caribe


Rio Caribe is a colorful fishing town located 22 kilometers (about 14 miles) from Carupano, Sucre State, in Eastern Venezuela. It is the capital city of the Arismendi municipality.

History

Rio Caribe was founded on 1713 with the name of San Miguel de Rio Caribe. The town was the second establishment of the Spaniards in the Sucre State. During the 19th century, it received many immigrants from Italy and Corsica.

Life

Rio Caribe has a port of national and international cabotage, that allows the development of a thriving fishing industry, including seafood processing and packing. Also, it has commercial and banking facilities as well as other amenities for tourists and visitors. The town serves as point of entry to the region beautiful beaches--such as Playa Medina and Playa Pui Pui.

Rio Caribe is called by some the City of the Masters of Cacao, because of the nearby Hacienda Agua Santa. This old plantation produces one of the best cocoa beans of the country, well known both nationally and internationally. Also, the Hacienda offers guided visits where tourists can observe the whole production process, from the plantation to the drying of cacao. These guided visits usually culminate with the tasting of a chocolate prepared in the same property. In addition to cacao, the region also produces banana and maize.

The region is also rich in natural gas and light petroleum reserves, with an important one located about 30 kilometers (some 19 miles) off its shores.

Landmarks

The Church of Rio Caribe represents one of the best examples of Spanish Colonial architecture. It was erected in 1717 and reconstructed in 1919. Also, the town has preserved most of its Spanish colonial houses, many of them built during the late 19th century.

Other important landmarks are found in nearby locations, such as the chapels of El Calvario and San Miguel Arcangel.

People

Rio Caribe is the hometown of Venezuelan Major League Baseball relief pitcher German Gonzalez, who played for the Minnesota Twins during the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

See also

Venezuela

Sucre State

German Gonzalez

External links

"Rio Caribe" Mipunto.com, retrieved December 8, 2005.

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