Carolina is a city located in the northern part of Puerto Rico, bordering the Atlantic Ocean it lies north of Gurabo and Juncos; east of Trujillo Alto and San Juan; and west of Canóvanas and Loíza. Carolina is spread over 12 wards plus Carolina Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Carolina, led between 1984 and 2006 by mayor José Aponte, is one of Puerto Rico's most important tourist centers. Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, while incorrectly thought to be in San Juan, is actually located in an area, Isla Verde, that is geographically part of Carolina. Also located in Carolina are a large group of hotels, which sit by Carolina's large beach area.
There are several well known hotels on the coast of Carolina, including the El San Juan Resort and Casino, and the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Spa, and Casino.
Landmarks and places of interest:
- Buena Vista Ruins
- Carolina Beach
- Grande de Loíza River
- Isla Verde Club Gallístico
- Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport
- Jesús T. Piñero Monument
- Julia de Burgos Park
- Piñones Beach
- Roberto Clemente Ciudad Deportiva