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Guaynabo is known as "Capital del Deporte" (capital of the sport). It is also know as Puerto Rico's first settlement, Caparra was founded in the area in 1508 by Juan Ponce de León. Guaynabo derives its name from a Taino Indian term which means "lugar de aguas dulces".

The Caparra Ruins Historical Museum & Park includes ruins of the ancient fort and settlement founded by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1508. The small Museum of the Conquest and Colonization of Puerto Rico located near the ruins features historical documents, exhibits and artifacts. The area is listed on the National Registry of Historical Monuments. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, (787) 781-4795.

The Rafael Martinez Nadal Museum features furniture and memorabilia of Don Rafael who was the third president of the Senate of Puerto Rico, serving from 1933 to 1941. Open Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, (787) 525-7950.

The San Patricio Plaza shopping mall includes over 120 specialty stores, Big K-mart, a food court, four family restaurants and a movie theater. Open Mon-Sat 9am-9pm Sun 11am-5pm, (787) 792-1255.


Fruits are the principal crops grown in the surrounding rural area.


Guaynabo is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of Cataño; east of Bayamón; and west of San Juan.

Guaynabo is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Camarones
  • Frailes
  • Guaraguao
  • Hato Nuevo
  • Mamey
  • Pueblo
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Río
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonadora


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Notable People

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


  • Baby Bull Steakhouse (American), (787) 783-8927
  • Bottles (Steak), (787) 775-1210
  • Burbuja's Cafe (Puerto Rican), (787) 789-2167
  • Casa Lazaro (Spanish), (787) 720-1177
  • Chili's Grill & Bar (Guaynabo) (American), (787) 774-0295
  • Churrasqueria y Pasta Chimichurri (Argentine), (787) 449-1059
  • City Buffet (International), (787) 720-3688
  • Iche's International Cuisine (International), (787) 782-6910
  • Nina's (Italian), (787) 287-1785
  • Park Avenue Cafe (American), (787) 277-0791
  • Paya (International), (787) 782-7292
  • Puerto Esmeralda (Sea Food), (787) 720-8656
  • Reggio Pizza (Pizza), (787) 277-0677
  • Tacolandia (Mexican), (787) 789-0303

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval Mabo - February
  • Ciudad Encantada en Navidad - November/December
    Festivities take place in the Tablado del Rio parking lot. (787) 272-0101
  • Festival Bomba y Plena - October
    Festivities take place in the Bo. Amelia. (787) 272-0101
  • Fiesta de Reyes - January
    (787) 272-0101
  • Fiestas Patronales San Pedro Martir - April
    Every year, Guaynabo celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Iluminacion Navidena - November
    (787) 272-0101



Guaynabo Flag

Coat of Arms

Guaynabo Coat of Arms


Guaynabo's anthem was written by Rafael Velazquez Pericas. The title is Guaynabo, pueblo querido,...


There are 24 public schools in Guaynabo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Guaynabo is also home of 2 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

94,645 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 27.58 sq mi

Density: 3550.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 39.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $35,074
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 27.10 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 1523.3

Persons per household: 3.09

High school grad or higher: 80.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1144° N, 66.1681° W

Zip Code: 00965, 00966, 00968, 00969, 00970, 00971

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.8 miles

Driving Time: 27 minutes

Did You Know?

The world's largest filled-aperture telescope (i.e., a full dish) is the Arecibo radio telescope located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, whose 305-meter dish is fixed in the ground.