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Guayama

(gwah-YAH-mah)

Guayama is known as "La Ciudad Bruja" (witch city) or "Pueblo de los Brujos" (city of witches). Guayama was founded in 1736 by Matías de Abadía.

The Casa Cautiño is a beautiful home designed in creole-style architecture, built in 1887, now is a museum and cultural centre. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm; (787) 864-9083.

Church in Guayama

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1987. The reserve is located between the coasts of Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The two main components: Mar Negro mangrove forest, which consists of a mangrove forest and a complex system of lagoons and channels interspersed with salt and mud flats; and Cayos Caribe Islets, which are surrounded by coral reefs and seagrass beds, with small beach deposits and upland areas. Guided tours are offered upon request and reservation. Open Daily 8:00am-4:00pm, (787) 864-0105.

The Carite Forest Reserve is a 6,000-acre nature reserve with a dwarf forest that was produced by the region's high humidity and moist soil. It is inhabited by over 50 species of birds, making this spot a recognized area for birding. The highest point is Cerro La Santa, at 3,000 feet. From several peaks there are panoramic views of Ponce and the Caribbean Sea. There is a picnic area and 10 campgrounds (permit is necessary for camping). Located at Rt. 184, (787) 722-1726.

Nearby you will also find the Aguirre Forest Reserve, full of mangroves, tidal flats, bird rookeries and a large manatee population. Facilities include Kayaks routes identified with buoys, docks for the disembarking of kayaks and for recreational fishing, floating Pier, campsite, parking, showers, picnic and barbecue areas, drinking water, compost bathrooms, sitting area, and labeled trails for walking. Open Monday to Sunday; 9:30 AM to 2: 30 PM. Located off route 3, east of Salinas, (787) 999-2200.

Geography

Guayama territory is located on the Southern Coastal Valley region, bordering the Caribbean Sea, south of Cayey; east of Salinas; and west of Patillas and Arroyo.

Guayama is made up of 17 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Algarrobo
  • Caimito
  • Carite
  • Carmen
  • Guamaní
  • Jobos
  • Machete
  • Palmas y Pozo Hondo
  • Pueblo

Rivers
There are several rivers that run through Guayama. These rivers include Rio La Plata, Rio Guamani, and Rio Seco.

Climate

The annual precipitation is approximately 52 inches and the average temperature is 81°F.

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Economy

The surrounding areas produces sugar, tobacco, coffee, and livestock. Guayama has been noted for its developments in irrigation, which have increased agricultural production, as well as in electrification.

Notable People

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

  • Luis Palés Matos,
  • Joaquin Lopez Lopez
  • Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero
  • Eluterio Derkes
  • Enrique Lefebre
  • Jacinto Texidor
  • Fran Cervoni
  • Franciscp Antonio Ortiz
  • Andres Jose de Rivera

Symbols

Flag

Guayama Flag

Coat of Arms

Guayama Coat of Arms

Anthem

Guayama's anthem was written by Elias Lopes Garcia. Himno de Guayama

Restaurants

  • La Hamaca Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-4891
  • La Terraza Fried Chicken (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0348
  • Melos BBQ (American), (787) 829-4780
  • Restaurante Las Cabañas (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-3131
  • Restaurante Star Light (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0438
  • Restaurante Vida Ventura (International), (787) 829-9096
  • Sushill's Fried Chicken (Chinese), (787) 829-1952

Accommodations

  • La Posada El Coqui (Guest House), (787) 735-3150
  • Casa Aurora (Rental), (787) 306-2694

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval Brujo - March
  • Carnaval de Guayama - April
    The region around Guayama still honors African legends of sorcery and witchcraft. The Brujo Carnival retells these old stories "brujo" means warlock or spell, and incorporates them into a weekend-long festival. (787) 864-0600
  • Feria Dulces Suenos - March
  • Feria y Exposicion de Caballos de Paso Fino - March
  • Festival Jibaro - October
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua - June
    Every year, Guayama celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 864-0600
  • Semana Puertorriqueña - December

Education

There are 26 public schools in Guayama, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Guayama is also home of 4 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

45,362
Population
44,246 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 64.99 sq mi

Density: 698.0 per sq mi

Median Age: 34.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $17,260
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 49.60 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

16,244
Number of households
Housing units density: 303.3

Persons per household: 3.14

High school grad or higher: 73.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 17.9742° N, 66.1100° W

Zip Code: 00704, 00784, 00785

Driving Distance from San Juan: 52 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 19 minutes


Did You Know?

The widest part of the island is 65 kilometers.