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Guaynabo is known as "Capital del Deporte" (capital of the sport). 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, the first Spanish settlement on Puerto Rico (1508), includes the remains of explorer Juan Ponce de León's residence.

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.


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

Notable People

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

Things to See and Do In Guaynabo

Want to know what to see and do in Guaynabo? Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

What to Do and See?

Where to Eat?

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 Guaynabo Coat of Arms

Anthem: 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.


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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Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 27.58 sq mi

Density: 3,233.50 per sq mi

Median Age: 47

Sex: 54% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $36,073
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 25.3%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
1,523.3 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.69

High school grad or higher: 85.5%

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: 18.1144° 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?

On July 25, 1996 the U.S. government recognized Puerto Rican citizenship.