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Canóvanas, Puerto Rico


Canóvanas is known as "La Cuna de los Indios" (Indian cradle) and "La Ciudad de las Carreras" (race horse town) because of its racetrack call "El Comandante". Juan R. Calderón founded Canóvanas in 1909. Canóvanas derives its name from a local Indian chief Canobaná (Canovanax).

Canóvanas is also known as the "Pueblo Valeroso" (valiant town) because the local Indian chief Yuira was killed defending the Spaniards from the Taínos.

Located about a 15-minute drive from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport the Hipódromo Camarero (formerly known as El Nuevo Comandante) is the only race track in Puerto Rico, holding horse races every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free. (787) 886-5151, (787) 641-6060.

Other places worth exploring include:

  • Los Pilones Falls
  • Charco de los Caballos


The surrounding areas produce coffee, sugar cane and bananas.


Canóvanas is located in the northeastern region, north of Juncos and Las Piedras; south of Loíza; east of Carolina; and west of Río Grande. Its rivers are: Canóvanas, Cubuy, Herrera, Canovanillas and Grande de Loíza.

To the south of Canovanas you'll find portions of the Luquillo Mountain Range, with the Cerro El Negro being the highest peak in the region at 2,592 feet. Other high peaks include La Peregrina (1,903 feet) and Pitahaya (951 feet), both located at Barrio Hato Puerco.

Canovanas is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Campo Rico
  • Cubuy
  • El Verde
  • Hato Puerco
  • Las Lomas
  • Las Mercedes
  • Pueblo
  • Toma Agua


The annual precipitation is approximately 73.62 inches and the average temperature is 75°F.

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Notable People

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

  • Franciso E. Mundo
  • Enrique Sanchez Cappa
  • Julio Jimenez
  • Luis Sanchez Cappa
  • Rafael Albandoz
  • Agustin Lopez Cases
  • Milagros Carillo ("La jibarita de Canovanas")


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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Pilar - October
    Every year, Canovanas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 876-2328
  • Navidad en el Campo - December



Canovanas Flag

Coat of Arms

Canovanas Coat of Arms


The anthem of Canovanas was written by Doris Sandra Estrada Jimenez. The title is Canóvanas.


There are 17 public schools in Canovanas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 32.87 sq mi

Density: 1,372.70 per sq mi

Median Age: 40.8

Sex: 52% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $21,614
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 41.3%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
592.5 (2013)

Persons per household: 3.06

High school grad or higher: 76.1%

Marital status: 40% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted - Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.
** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3792° N, 65.9014° W

Zip Code: 00729, 00745

Driving Distance from San Juan: 10.7 miles

Driving Time: 22 minutes

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