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Guayanilla

(gwah-yah-NEE-yah)

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.

Economy

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane.

Geography

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.

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

Climate

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Notable People

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

Restaurants

  • El Golfito (Puerto Rican), (787) 835-4140
  • Pichi's Steakhouse & Seafood (Sea Food/Steak/International), (787) 835-4140

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

Symbols

Flag

Guayanilla Flag

Coat of Arms

Guayanilla Coat of Arms

Anthem

Guayanilla's anthem was written by Anabel Torres. The title is Guayanillenses, cantemos unidos...

Education

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

Demographics *

21,581
Population
20,652 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 42.27 sq mi

Density: 510.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.1

Economics *

$7,235
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 *

7,503
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?

Did you know that the original design for the Puerto Rican flag used a sky blue tone? But when the flag was adopted officially by the Commonwealth in 1952 it featured a dark blue very similar to that of the US flag.