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(bah-yah-MON or bI-auml;-'mon)

Bayamón is known as "El Pueblo del Chicharrón" (fried pig skin city). The town was established in May 22, 1772 by Juan Ramírez de Arrellano. Bayamón derives its name from a local Indian chief Bahamon. However, others claim that the name came from the Taíno word Bayamóngo, which is the name of one of the rivers that cross the city.

Bayamón is part of the metropolitan area of San Juan and is the island's second most populous city. Bayamón is considered to be the most progressive city of the island.

Bayamón is best known for "los carritos de chicharrón", considered the best in Puerto Rico. Chicharron is made with different seasoned cuts of pork (also made with chicken) and deep fried.

Bayamon City Hall (Photo: Manuel Santiago)

There are many places to visit in Bayamón, including the Luis A. Ferré Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) located on Route 167, this 42-acre science-themed park features museums, numerous playgrounds, a zoo, and an observation deck. It is the only place, outside of the United States, where you can find an exhibition of NASA rockets and rockets parts. Open Wednesday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 6pm. Box office closes 1-1/2 hours before park closing time; (787) 740-6868, (787)740-6878 and (787) 740-6871.

Another place is worth visiting is the City Hall, this building crosses over five lanes of highway. While walking through a connecting corridor, right above the road, pedestrians can see passing cars underneath.

Bayamón Central University was founded in 1970, and the town has a regional college of the University of Puerto Rico.

The Santa Cruz Cathedral was founded in 1772.

The city lies in a fertile valley in which sugar, tobacco, grapefruit, vegetables, and coffee are raised. The first hydraulic sugar mill on the island was built in Bayamón about 1548, and sugar has continued to be a valuable commodity. Sugar mills are among Bayamón's chief industrial establishments; others are iron foundries, brick yards, ice plants, dairies, and an oil refinery. Manufactures have included auto parts, machinery, precision tools, watches and clocks, canned foods, tin cans, tobacco products, clothing, and zippers. Merchandise is transported by truck to the Port of San Juan.

Bayamón territory is mostly flat because the city it is located on the Northern Coastal Valley, north of Aguas Buenas and Comerío; south of Toa Baja and Cataño; west of Guaynabo; and east of Toa Alta and Naranjito. Bayamón rivers include: Bayamón, Hondo, Minillas, Bucarabones and Cuesta Arriba.

There are many well-known "bayamoneses", among them:

  • painter Francisco Oller,
  • politician José Celso Barbosa,
  • Francisco Manrique Cabrera,
  • poet Virgilio Dávila,
  • doctor and poet José
  • Antonio Dávila,
  • musician Braulio Dueño Colón,
  • musician Jeśus Sanchez Erazo,
  • musician Pedro Dávila Ortiz (Davilita),
  • Gonzalo Núñez,
  • Isabel Gutiérrez del Arroyo,
  • Chuito el de Bayamón, and
  • world boxing champions Hector "Macho" Camacho and Daniel Santos.

Aibonito is made up of 12 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Buena Vista
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Dajaos
  • Guaraguao Abajo
  • Guaraguao Arriba
  • Hato Tejas
  • Juan Sánchez
  • Minillas
  • Nuevo
  • Pájaros
  • Pueblo
  • Santa Olaya

Things to See and Do In Bayamón

Want to know what to see and do in Bayamón? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

What to Do and See?

Where to Eat?

Festivals and Events

  • Festival de la Santa Cruz - May
    La Santa Cruz is Bayamón's patron saint. Religious processions, music and food are all part of paying her an annual tribute.
  • Festival de Artesania - July
  • Festival del Chicharron - July
  • Jose Celso Barbosa Anniversary - July

Anthem: Bayamón, ciudad hermosa...


There are 67 public schools in Bayamon, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Bayamon is also home of 20 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

198,958 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 44.32 sq mi

Density: 4 695.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.9

Economics *

Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $24,374
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 35.40 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 1 941.8

Persons per household: 3.12

High school grad or higher: 76.3%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3800° N, 66.1633° W

Zip Code: 00956, 00957, 00958, 00959, 00960, 00961

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.5 miles

Driving Time: 28 minutes


Did You Know?

The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the oldest buildings in San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere; construction began in 1521.