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Luquillo is known as "La Capital del Sol" (sun capital) and "La Riviera de Puerto Rico" (Puerto Rico's riviera). Luquillo was founded in 1797 by Cristóbal Guzmán. The town was named after the Indian cacique Loquillo, who died a few years after the last Indian rebellion in 1513.

If you return to or stay on the coastal highway, you'll soon reach Luquillo Beach. This huge plantation of majestic coconut palms shades more than a mile of fine and shimmering sand. It is one of the most popular and nicest public beaches in the San Juan area. It offers cafeterias, public bathrooms with showers, access for disabled people, and an ample parking lot. Monserrate Beach is one of the public beaches most frequented by the locals.

You can't leave Luquillo without stopping by the Luquillo Kiosks to sample the local cuisine and scenery. The kiosks are located parallel to the Luquillo Beach along PR-3 highway, just past the Route 191 entrance to El Yunque.

Luquillo is located in the northeast coats, northwest of Fajardo; and east of Río Grande.

There are many well-known "luquillenses", among them: sculptor Tomás Batista.

Luquillo is made up of 6 barrios (wards/districts):

Things to See and Do In Luquillo

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Luquillo Flag Luquillo Coat of Arms

Anthem: Junto a las costas del mar Atlántico...


There are 10 public schools in Luquillo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

19,662 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 25.81 sq mi

Density: 777.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.9

Economics *

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

Median household income: $18,593
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 43.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 425.0

Persons per household: 3.22

High school grad or higher: 74.1%

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

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Coordinates: 18.3725° N, 65.7167° W

Zip Code: 00773

Driving Distance from San Juan: 23.3 miles

Driving Time: 45 minutes

Did You Know?

To become the 51st state, Congress would have to pass a statute to admit Puerto Rico as a state.