Patillas

  (pah-TEE-yahs)

Patillas is known as "La Esmeralda del Sur" (emerald of the south), because of its green mountains. Patillas was founded in 1811.

Patillas is located in the southeastern coast, south of San Lorenzo; west of Yabucoa and Maunabo; and east of Guayama and Arroyo.

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane and oranges.

There are many well-known "patillenses", among them: Angelita Lind.

Land Area: 125 sq km (47.3 sq mi)
Water Area: 28.62 sq mi
Population: 21,843
Density: 163.9 per sq km (426.0 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 7,677
Housing Density: 164.4
Per Capita Income: $5,950
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Patillenses
Wards: Apeadero, Bajo, Cacao Alto, Cacao Bajo, Egozcue, Guardarraya, Jacaboa, Jagual, Mamey, Marín, Mulas, Muñoz Rivera, Pollos, Pueblo, Quebrada Arriba and Ríos.
Driving Distance: 59.6 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes *

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval de Patillas - May
    The festivities include dances, food, and parades. (787) 839-4120
  • Festival de Harina - December
    (787) 839-4120
  • Festival del Name - December
  • (787) 839-4120
  • Festival Monte y Mar - July
    (787) 839-4120
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Benito Abad - March
    Every year, Patillas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 839-4120

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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.