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Camuy is known as "La Ciudad Romántica" (romantic city) and "La Ciudad del Sol Taíno" (city of the Taino sun). The town was founded in 1807, when it was disassociated from Arecibo by Petrolina Matos.

It is said that Camuy derives its name from a word used by the Indians "camuy", which means sun, at the same time others think that it was the name that the Indians gave to the river that crossed this region.

If you take only one sightseeing trip from San Juan, this should be it. From Arecibo, on the north shore, go southwest along Route 129 to the Río Camuy Cave Park. This incredible 268-acre park is the site of the great subterranean caverns carved out by the Camuy River over one million years ago. The impeccably maintained trails gently descend 200 feet through a fern filled ravine to the yawning, cathedral-like caverns. The caves are home to a unique species of fish that is totally blind. To visit this pristine site is to be transported to another, hidden world. Rio Camuy Cave Park is the third-largest cave system in the world. Sixteen entranced have been found and 11 kilometers (7 miles) of passages explored so far. One special attraction is the Cueva Clara, which measures 695 feet (210m) in length. The park is equipped with picnic areas, walking trails, food facilities, and exhibition hall and a souvenir shop, making it the perfect place to spend a day. Reservations are essential, as this place is understandably popular. Open Wednesdays through Sundays and holidays; 8am to 4pm. For information call: (787) 898-3100 or (787) 763-0568.

Camuy territory is mostly flat because the city it is located on the Valley of Quebradillas, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Lares; east of Quebradillas; and west of Hatillo. Its rivers are: Cibao and Camuy.

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

  • Abra Honda
  • Camuy Arriba
  • Ciénagas
  • Cibao
  • Membrillo
  • Piedra
  • Gorda
  • Pueblo Puente
  • Puertos
  • Quebrada
  • Santiago
  • Yeguada
  • Zanja

Things to See and Do In Camuy

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Velorio de los Reyes - January
  • Carnaval Camuyano - February
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Jos - May
    Every year, Camuy celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Festival Playero Pea Brusi - July
  • Feria de la Cultura - September


Camuy Flag

Anthem: Pedazo de Borinquen


There are 15 public schools in Camuy, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


10-Day Forecast

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Demographics *

34,239 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 46.35 sq mi

Density: 758.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $19,527
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 44.70 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 311.3

Persons per household: 3.17

High school grad or higher: 66.4%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4839° N, 66.8450° W

Zip Code: 00627

Driving Distance from San Juan: 63.1 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


Did You Know?

Puerto Rico has the largest JCPenney in the world.