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Bayamón

(bah-yah-MON or bI-auml;-'mon)

Bayamón is known as "El Pueblo del Chicharrón" (fried pig skin city), considered the best in Puerto Rico. Chicharrón is made with different seasoned cuts of pork (also made with chicken) and deep fried. The town was established in May 22, 1772 by Juan Ramírez de Arrellano. Bayamón derives its name from a local Indian chief Bahamon. However, others claim that the name came from the Taíno word Bayamóngo, which is the name of one of the rivers that cross the city.

Bayamón is part of the metropolitan area of San Juan and is the island's second most populous city. Bayamón is considered to be the most progressive city of the island.

There are many places to visit in Bayamón, including the Luis A. Ferré Science Park (Parque de las Ciencias) located on Route 167, this 42-acre science-themed park features museums, numerous playgrounds, a zoo, and an observation deck. It is the only place, outside of the United States, where you can find an exhibition of NASA rockets and rockets parts. Open Wednesday through Friday, from 9am to 4pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, from 10am to 6pm. Box office closes 1-1/2 hours before park closing time; (787) 740-6868, (787) 740-6878 and (787) 740-6871.

Another place is worth visiting is the City Hall, this building crosses over five lanes of highway. While walking through a connecting corridor, right above the road, pedestrians can see passing cars underneath. Built in 1978 of concrete, glass, and lemon-yellow steel I-beams is the only suspended building of its kind in the Caribbean and is believed to be the only one of its class around the world.

Located on the former Bayamon City Hall, Francisco Oller Art and History Museum features memorabilia of the city's history, arts and sports. Located bewteen Maceo and Degetau Sts. (787) 785-6010.

Former home of Jose Celso Barbosa, who is often referred as the father of statehood, now houses the Jose Celso Barbosa Museum featuring objects that belonged to Barbosa, such as family photos, medals, and certificates. Open Mon-Fri 8:00am-noon 1:00pm-4:00pm, (787) 977-2700.

Bayamón Central University was founded in 1970, and the town has a regional college of the University of Puerto Rico.

Additional Places and Sights

Other places worth exploring include:

  • Santa Cruz Cathedral, founded in 1772
  • Parque Central, open Tu-Su: 9:00am-6:00pm, (787) 798-8191
  • Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, (787) 725-2110
  • Plaza del Sol, Shopping center with over 120 stores. Open Mon-Sat 9-9, Sun 11-5.

Economy

The city lies in a fertile valley in which sugar, tobacco, grapefruit, vegetables, and coffee are raised. The first hydraulic sugar mill on the island was built in Bayamón about 1548, and sugar has continued to be a valuable commodity. Sugar mills are among Bayamón's chief industrial establishments; others are iron foundries, brick yards, ice plants, dairies, and an oil refinery. Manufactures have included auto parts, machinery, precision tools, watches and clocks, canned foods, tin cans, tobacco products, clothing, and zippers. Merchandise is transported by truck to the Port of San Juan.

Geography

Bayamón territory is mostly flat because the city it is located on the Northern Coastal Valley, north of Aguas Buenas and Comerío; south of Toa Baja and Cataño; west of Guaynabo; and east of Toa Alta and Naranjito.

Bayamón rivers include: Bayamón, Hondo, Minillas, Bucarabones and Cuesta Arriba.

Bayamon is made up of 12 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Buena Vista
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Dajaos
  • Guaraguao Abajo
  • Guaraguao Arriba
  • Hato Tejas
  • Juan Sánchez
  • Minillas
  • Nuevo
  • Pájaros
  • Pueblo
  • Santa Olaya

Climate

Bayamon annual precipiation is 40.78 inches and its average temperature is 83°F. June is on average the warmest month, at around 88°F. January is on average the coolest month, at around 70°F.

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Notable People

There are many well-known "bayamoneses", among them:

  • Francisco Oller, painter
  • José Celso Barbosa, politician
  • Francisco Manrique Cabrera
  • Virgilio Dávila, poet
  • Joseacute;, doctor and poeat
  • Antonio Dávila
  • Braulio Dueño Colón, musician
  • Jeśus Sanchez Erazo, musician
  • Pedro Dávila Ortiz (Davilita), musician
  • Gonzalo Núñez
  • Isabel Gutiérrez del Arroyo
  • Chuito el de Bayamón
  • Hector "Macho" Camacho, world boxing champion
  • Daniel Santos

Restaurants

  • Andiamo Italian Restaurant (Italian), (787) 787-7013
  • Bambu Burger (Puerto Rican), (787) 786-9379
  • Bonanza Bayamon (Puerto Rican), (787) 288-1777
  • Casa Pepe (Puerto Rican), (787) 785-2009
  • Chihuahuas Cocina Mexicana (Mexican), (787) 787-4919
  • Chili's Grill & Bar (Bayamon) (American), (787) 778-8811
  • Chili's Grill & Bar (Rexville, Bayamon) (American), (787) 799-2880
  • Dennys Bayamon (American), (787) 740-6264
  • El Tiede (Spanish), (787) 785-0320
  • Longhorn Steakhouse (American), (787) 778-0880
  • Outback Steak House (American/Steak), (787) 269-4099
  • Tropical III (International), (787) 785-2009

Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Artesania - July
    (787) 787-8620
  • Festival de la Santa Cruz - May
    La Santa Cruz is Bayamon's patron saint. Religious processions, music and food are all part of paying her an annual tribute. (787) 780-3058
  • Festival del Chicharron - July
    (787) 787-8620
  • Jose Celso Barbosa Anniversary - July
    (787) 787-8620

Symbols

Flag

The anthem was written by Ramon Luis Rivera. The title is Bayamón, ciudad hermosa....

Education

There are 67 public schools in Bayamon, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Bayamon is also home of 20 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

208,116
Population
198,958 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 44.32 sq mi

Density: 4 695.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.9

Economics *

$7,235
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $24,374
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 35.40 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

76,834
Number of households
Housing units density: 1 941.8

Persons per household: 3.12

High school grad or higher: 76.3%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3800° N, 66.1633° W

Zip Code: 00956, 00957, 00958, 00959, 00960, 00961

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.5 miles

Driving Time: 28 minutes


Did You Know?

In Puerto Rico, life expectancy at birth for the population has increased from 29.8 years in 1902 to 79.4 years in 2016.