Vega Baja

(VAI-gah BAH-hah)
Location of Vega Baja

Vega Baja is known as "La Ciudad del Melao Melao" (syrup city). Vega Baja was founded in October 3, 1776 by Antonio Viera, with the name of Vega-baxa del Naranjal de Nuestra Señora del Rosario.

Vega Baja is located in northern coast, north of Morovis; east of Manat&iaute;; and west of Vega Alta.

There are many well-known "vegabajeños", among them: Rafael Balseiro Dvila.

Siesta en Vega Baja (Photo: Peter Padawitz)

Siesta en Vega Baja (Photo: Libby de Vera)

Vega Baja is made up of 14 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Algarrobo
  • Almirante Norte
  • Almirante Sur
  • Cabo Caribe
  • Ceiba
  • Cibuco
  • Pueblo
  • Puerto Nuevo
  • Pugnado Adentro
  • Pugnado Afuera
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Río Abajo
  • Río Arriba
  • Yeguada

Things to See and Do In Vega Baja

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Feria Socio-Cultural - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Virgen del Rosario - October
    Every year, Vega Baja celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Maraton Melao Melao - October
  • Festival Navideo - December


Vega Baja Flag

Anthem: Ms dulce que la miel es tu recuerdo...


There are 26 public schools in Vega Baja, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Vega Baja is also home of 2 colleges and universities.


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Demographics *

58,782 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 45 .86 sq mi

Density: 1301.0 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.5

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,453
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 50.60 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 553.9

Persons per household: 3.23

High school grad or higher: 53.8%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4461° N, 66.3875° W

Zip Code: 00693, 00694

Driving Distance from San Juan: 30.9 miles

Driving Time: 49 minutes


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