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Lares is known as "El Pueblo del Grito" (the city of the revolt). Lares was founded in April 26, 1827 by Francisco de Sotomayor and Pedro Vélez Borrero. The city was named after one of its settlers, Don Amador de Lariz.

On September 23, 1868, Lares was the scene of the events that gave birth to a social revolution against Spain for Puerto Rican independence, known as "El Grito de Lares".

Cueva Humo (Photo: Eduardo Camacho)

The surrounding areas produces coffee, oranges, bananas, and avocados.

Lares is located north of Camuy; north of Maricao and Yauco; south of Camuy, east of San Sebastián and Las Marias; and west of Hatillo, Utuado and Adjuntas.

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

  • Francisco Matos Paoli
  • Luis Hernandez Aquino
  • Justo A. Mendez
  • Antonio Coll Vidal
  • Obdulio Bauza
  • José Feliciano
  • former Miss Universe 2000 Denise Quiñones
  • Clemente Soto

Lares is made up of 11 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bartolo
  • Buenos Aires
  • Callejones
  • Espino
  • Lares
  • La Torre
  • Mirasol
  • Pezuela
  • Piletas
  • Pueblo
  • Río Prieto

Things to See and Do In Lares

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de la Almojabana - October
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival de la Hacienda Rabano - October
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival de Lares - September
    (787) 897-3290
  • Festival del Guineo - June
    (787) 897-3290
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Jose - March
    Every year, Lares celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 897-2300


Lares Flag Lares Coat of Arms

Anthem: En las verdes montañas de Lares...


There are 20 public schools in Lares, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

28,947 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 61.45 sq mi

Density: 500.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 37.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $11,851
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 62.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 210.8

Persons per household: 3.18

High school grad or higher: 58.3%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.2950° N, 66.8786° W

Zip Code: 00631, 00669

Driving Distance from San Juan: 63.66 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Did You Know?

The oldest city in the United States is St. Augustine in Florida, that is according to a continuously settled Europeans in the city. But the United States jurisdiction recognises San Juan as the oldest city in the US territory of Puerto Rico.