Lajas
(LAH-huz)

Lajas is known as "La Ciudad Cardenalicia" (cardinality city). Lajas was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jácome Pagán.

Lajas is located in southwestern region, south of San Germán and Sabana Grande; east of Cabo Rojo; and west of Guánica.

South of semi-arid farmland in the Lajas Valley, the fishing village of "La Parguera" has developed onto a popular resort center while maintaining much of its small town atmosphere. Guest houses and inns, seafood restaurants, water sports and boating centers and small shops fan out from the small plaza. In the evening, boats leave regularly for nearby Phosphorescent Bay, where millions of luminescent dinoflagellates light up when disturbed by movement; moonless nights are best. Numerous mangrove cays and islets form ornate channels places. Bathers and picnickers visit Rosada Beach or Mata de la Gata Cay. Snorkelers and scuba divers explore nearby reefs and spectacular outer shelf walls that lie up to seven miles offshore. On weekends the town becomes more bustling.

There are many well-known "lajeños", among them: first Puerto Rican Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez.

Land Area: 156 sq km (60.2 sq mi)
Water Area: 41.04 sq mi
Population: 27,009
Density: 167.8 per sq km (436.2 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 10,947
Housing Density: 182.1
Per Capita Income: $7,691
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Nuestro Lajas, pueblito querido...
Wards: Candelaria, Costa, Lajas, Lajas Arriba, Llanos, Palmarejo, Parquera, Paris, La Plata, Pueblo, Sababa Yeguas, and Santa Rosa.
Driving Distance: 111.6 miles *
Driving Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes *

Festivals and Events

    Feria Agropecuaria - June
  • Festival de Chiringas - February
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria - February
    Every year, Lajas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 899-1450
  • Feria Agricola de la Reserva del Valle - September
  • Lola Rodriguez de Tio Festival - September

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Did You Know?

Born in Ponce, Juan Morel Campos was considered the most important figure in Puerto Rican music of the 19th century, he composed over 300 danzas.