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Isabela is known as "El Jardín del Noroeste" (garden of the northwest) and "El Pueblo de los Quesitos de Hoja".

In 1725 the first European settlers built a town near the Guajataca River and named it San Antonio de la Tuna. The area was later abandoned until the early 1800's when it was resettled. Isabela was founded on May 21, 1819. and named in honor of Isabel Queen of Spain.

Isabela is located in the north-western region of the island, north of San Sebastián; west of Quebradillas; and east of Aguadilla and Moca.

Tourism, industry, dairy products, livestock, leather goods and tobacco are the principal economic activities.

There are many well-known "isabelinos", among them: composer Noel Estrada.

Isabela is made up of 14 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Arenales Altos
  • Arenales Bajos
  • Bajuras
  • Bejucos
  • Coto
  • Galateo Alto
  • Galateo Bajo
  • Guayabos
  • Guerrero
  • Jobos
  • Llanadas
  • Mora
  • Planas
  • Pueblo

Things to See and Do In Isabela

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Festivals and Events

  • Dia de los Santos Inocentes - December
  • Fiesta del Gallo Isabelino - February
  • Fiesta de Reyes Isabelinos - January 5-6
    Every year Isabela celebrates the holiday with a two-day festivity that includes dramatizations of the arrival of the three Magi and their pilgrimage to find the baby Jesus, adore him and present their gifts. The glorious outcome is celebrated with a fiesta at the town square (Plaza Manuel Maria Corchado y Juarbe) that includes a Velorio de Reyes, a traditional song fest in honor of the Magi; handcrafts fair, Trovadores contest with prizes, puppet shows for children, Christmas music and carolers, typical food and drinks. (787) 819-6555
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua - June
    Every year, Isabela celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 872-2100


There are 19 public schools in Isabela, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Isabela is also home of 2 colleges and universities.


The coat of arms consists of two colors, gold and green. The gold represents the sun, Isabela is located in the island were the sun rises. Green symbolizes the native Indian heritage as well as the natural tropical valley where the city is located. The shield itself represents Isabela's native and Indian name origin.

Anthem: Isabela, permite que me inspire...


The annual precipitation is around 62.8 inches, and its average temperature is 84.7°F.

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Demographics *

45,096 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 55.3 sq mi

Density: 825.2 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.9

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,066
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 55.90 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 384.6

Persons per household: 3.14

High school grad or higher: 67.3%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.5131° N, 67.0700° W

Zip Code: 00662

Driving Distance from San Juan: 76.9 miles

Driving Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico's poverty level is 44.9% (2013) according to the US Census Bureau - that's nearly double the poverty rate in Mississippi, the most impoverished of the fifty states.