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Manatí is known as "La Ciudad Metropolitana" (metropolitan city) and "La Atenas de Puerto Rico" (Puerto Rico's athens). Manatí was founded in 1738 by Don Pedro Menéndez Valdéz.

It was the ninth town recognized by the Spanish Crown in Puerto Rico. As a result of its cultural eminence, it began to be called the "Athens of Puerto Rico" during the early part of this century.

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The first Spanish settlement was made by Juan Ponce de León, who was attracted to the area by the promise of gold in the Manatuabón River. After building the first structures on the shore of the river, Ponce de León moved on to found Villa Caparra.

The area is generously bathed in the waters of springs, lakes, streams, lagoons and rivers, the most impressive of which is the Río Grande de Manatí. Manatí is said to have been named for the many manatees that were sighted in its waters. It may also have had an indigenous origin, derived from the Indian-named Manatuabón River.

Manatí is located in the northern coast, north of Morovis and Ciales; east of Florida and Barceloneta; and west of Vega Baja. The annual precipitation is approximately 62 inches and the average temperature is 78F.

Manatí is the pineapple center of Puerto Rico. In addition, grows in its surroundings fruits, sugar cane, and coffee.

Manatí is also a good jumping-off place for a visit to the interior.

There are many well-known "manatieños", among them: Clemente Ramrez de Arellano.

Manati is made up of 9 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bajura Adentro
  • Bajura Afuera
  • Coto Norte
  • Coto Sur
  • Pueblo
  • Río Arriba
  • Saliente
  • Tierras Nuevas Poniente
  • Tierras Nuevas Saliente

Things to See and Do In Manati

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Halloween - October
  • Festival de los Manaties - July
  • Festival de Navidad - December
  • Festival Playero - July
  • Fiestas de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales Virgen de la Candelaria - February
    Every year, Manati celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 854-2024


Manati Flag

Anthem: Atenas de Borinquen


There are 20 public schools in Manati, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Manati is also home of 6 colleges and universities.


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Demographics *

42,530 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 45.13 sq mi

Density: 977.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 37

Economics *

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

Median household income: $18,046
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 46.80 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 426.8

Persons per household: 3.17

High school grad or higher: 70.4%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4325° N, 66.4844° W

Zip Code: 00674

Driving Distance from San Juan: 32 miles

Driving Time: 37 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico was first enumerated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. War Department in 1899. Puerto Rico has been included as part of the decennial census since 1910. The Census Bureau conducted the first economic census in Puerto Rico in 1909.