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Guayanilla is known as "El Pueblo que Corre en Yegua" (mare riders). Guayanilla was founded in February 27, 1833, by order of Governor Miguel de la Torre. Guayanilla derives its name from an Indian term: "Guaynia".

Agueybana who was the principal "Cacique" (chief) of the Tainos when the Spaniards first arrived and lived with his tribe in "Guaynia" (Guayanilla) located by the river of the same name. However, others claim that the location of the village was in Guánica.

Guayanilla is located in southern coast of the island, bordering the Caribbean Sea, south of Adjuntas, east of Yauco; and west of Peñuelas. Its rivers are: Guayanilla, Macaná and Yauco.

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane.

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

  • Isaias Rodriguez Lopéz
  • Eustaqui Pagan
  • Dalilla Torres
  • Heriberto Torres
  • Alfredo Medona
  • Aristides Cales Quiros
  • Rafael D. Dapena

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

  • Barrero
  • Boca
  • Cedro
  • Consejo
  • Indios
  • Jagua
  • Jagua Pasto
  • Llano
  • Macaná
  • Magas
  • Pasto
  • Playa
  • Quebrada Honda
  • Quebradas
  • Pueblo
  • Rufina
  • Sierra Baja

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Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval del Pueblo - July
  • Festival de la Chiringa - April
  • Festival del Marisco - June
  • Festival de Playa - May
  • Fiestas de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales Inmaculada Concepcion de Maria - December
    Every year, Guayanilla celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 835-2660
  • Fiestas Virgen del Carmen - June
  • Maraton Femenino - November


Guayanilla Flag Guayanilla Coat of Arms


There are 12 public schools in Guayanilla, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Anthem: Guayanillenses, cantemos unidos...

Demographics *

20,652 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 42.27 sq mi

Density: 510.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.1

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,063
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 53.00 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 206.4

Persons per household: 3.31

High school grad or higher: 66.9%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0192° N, 66.7919° W

Zip Code: 00656

Driving Distance from San Juan: 91.3 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico is the 30th most populated state in the United States.