Guaynabo

(gwei-NAH-bo)

Guaynabo is known as "Capital del Deporte" (capital of the sport). Puerto Rico's first settlement, Caparra, was founded in the area in 1508 by Juan Ponce de León. Guaynabo derives its name from a Taino Indian term which means "lugar de aguas dulces".

The Caparra Ruins Historical Museum & Park, the first Spanish settlement on Puerto Rico (1508), includes the remains of explorer Juan Ponce de León's residence.

Guaynabo is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of Cataño; east of Bayamón; and west of San Juan.

Fruits are the principal crops grown in the surrounding rural area.

There are many well-known "guaynabeños", among them: politician Román Baldorioty de Castro, Jose R. Carazo, Jose Pepito Bonano, Cesar Lopez, Lidio Cruz Moclova, and Aurelio Maldonado.

Land Area: 70 sq km (27.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 0.18 sq mi
Population: 107,783
Density: 1,425.2 per sq km (3,705.6 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 36,826
Housing Density: 1,357.5
Per Capita Income: $16,287
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Guaynabo, pueblo querido,...
Wards: Camarones, Frailes, Guaraguao, Hato Nuevo, Mamey, Pueblo, Pueblo Viejo, Río, Santa Rosa and Sonadora.
Driving Distance: 15.8 miles *
Driving Time: 27 minutes *

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Did You Know?

The term "china" originated from a brand of oranges that came to Puerto Rico in the 19th century, advertised as names "Naranjas de la China/Oranges from China" China in PR is the color orange and the fruit. naranja, which is used for oranges in most Spanish speaking countries, only refers to the bitter orange in Puerto Rico.