Lares is known as "El Pueblo del Grito" (the city of the revolt). Lares was founded in April 26, 1827 by Francisco de Sotomayor and Pedro Vélez Borrero. The city was named after one of its settlers, Don Amador de Lariz.

On September 23, 1868, Lares was the scene of the events that gave birth to a social revolution against Spain for Puerto Rican independence, known as "El Grito de Lares".

The surrounding areas produces coffee, oranges, bananas, and avocados.

Lares is located north of Camuy; north of Maricao and Yauco; south of Camuy, east of San Sebastián and Las Marias; and west of Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas.

There are many well-known "lareños", among them: Francisco Matos Paoli, Luis Hernandez Aquino, Justo A. Mendez, Antonio Coll Vidal, Obdulio Bauza, Josť Feliciano, former Miss Universe 2000 Denise Quiñones, and Clemente Soto.

Land Area: 161 sq km (61.7 sq mi)
Water Area: 0.18 sq mi
Population: 32,999
Density: 214.5 per sq km (557.5 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 12,060
Housing Density: 196.2
Per Capita Income: $4,634
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: En las verdes montañas de Lares...
Driving Distance: *
Driving Time: 1.8 hours from San Juan
North    Camuy
South Maricao and Yauco
East Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas
West San Sebastián and Las Marias
Wards: Bartolo, Buenos Aires, Callejones, Espino, Lares, La Torre, Mirasol, Pezuela, Piletas, Pueblo and Río Prieto.

Festivals and Events

  • Festival de la Almojabana - October
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival de la Hacienda Rabino - October
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival de Lares - September
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival del Guineo - June
    (787) 897-3290
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Jose - March
    Every year, Lares celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 897-2300

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Puerto Rico is home to one cultural site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Old San Juan.