Yauco is known as El Pueblo del Café (coffee city). Yauco was founded in February 29, 1756 by Fernando Pacheco. Yauco derives its name from a name given by the Indians to a river close by, Coayuco River.

Yauco is located in the southern coast of the island, south of Maricao, Lares and Adjuntas; east of Sabana Grande and Guánica; and west of Guayanilla.

The surrounding areas produces sugar, coffee, tobacco, cotton and oranges. Yauco also produces textiles and other light manufactures.

There are many well-known "yaucanos", among them: Amaury Veray Torregrosa, José Enamorado Cuesta, Franciso Lluch Mora, Loaiza Cordero, Amelia Agostini, Carmelo Filardi, and Franciso Mattei.

Yauco is made up of 20 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Aguas Blancas
  • Algarrobo
  • Almácigo Alto
  • Almácigo Bajo
  • Barina
  • Caimito
  • Collores
  • Diego Hernández
  • Duey
  • Frailes
  • Jácana
  • Naranjo
  • Pueblo
  • Quebradas, Ranchera
  • Río Prieto
  • Rubias
  • Sierra Alta
  • Susúa Alta
  • Susúa Baja
  • Vegas

Things to See and Do In Yauco

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival Nacional del Caf - February
    Yauco celebrates "la toma de cafe" every year. The festival takes place in the plaza town (Plaza Fernando de Pacheco) and features folkloric music, crafts displays, typical cuisine and demonstrations of coffee preparations. The delicious aroma of coffee fills the air and visitors are able to taste some of the area's finest blends.
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Virgen del Rosario - October
    Every year, Yauco celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Puerto Rican Race Festival - November


Yauco Flag Yauco Coat of Arms

Anthem: Pueblo de gestas gloriosas...


There are 28 public schools in Yauco, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Yauco is also home of 1 university.


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Demographics *

39,819 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 68.19 sq mi

Density: 616.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 38.1

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,053
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 54.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 264.3

Persons per household: 3.22

High school grad or higher: 64.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0369° N, 66.8503° W

Zip Code: 00698

Driving Distance from San Juan: 95.7 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes


Did You Know?

Contrary to popular belief the Puerto Rican flag is not based on the American Flag, but the Cuban flag. Puerto Rico adopted the same flag design, which was unveiled in 1895. In 1952, the blue field was changed from a light blue to a darker blue, like the American flag.