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Maricao is known as "El Pueblo de las Indieras" (town of indian settlements). Maricao was founded on April 10, 1874 by Bernardo Collado, Julián Ayala, Francisco M. Sojo Napoleón Pietri and Leoncio S. Martínez.

Maricao, at the western edge of the mountains, is a small town set around a small plaza in hilly terrain, north of San Germán;, Sabana Grande and Yauco; south of Las Marias and Lares; southeast of Mayagüez; and west of Adjuntas. The town borders the Maricao Fish Hatchery, a collection of tanks and ponds in a garden setting, where some 25,000 fish are raised yearly to stock farm fishponds and island lakes. The hatchery is part of the Maricao Forest 118, also known as Monte del Estado. Though of dryer vegetation than the other mountain forest, Maricao is home to large number of bird species. Its stone observation tower provides far-flung views to the coast and the Mona Passage.

Maricao is made up of 7 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Bucarabones
  • Indiera Alta
  • Indiera Baja
  • Indiera Fría
  • Maricao Afuera
  • Montoso
  • Pueblo

Things to See and Do In Maricao

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Coffee Harvest Festival - February
    Maricao celebrates "la toma de cafe" every year. The festival takes place in the plaza town and features folkloric music, crafts displays, typical cuisine and demonstrations of coffee preparations. (787) 838-2290
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Juan Bautista - June
    Every year, Maricao celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 838-2290


Maricao Flag

Anthem: Sobre las verdes altura...


There are 6 public schools in Maricao, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

6,103 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 36.62 sq mi

Density: 171.4 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.2

Economics *

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

Median household income: $15,104
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 56.40 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 74.8

Persons per household: 3.23

High school grad or higher: 60.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1808° N, 66.9800° W

Zip Code: 00606

Driving Distance from San Juan: 86.5 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Did You Know?

In 1509, Juan Garrido, a conquistador in Juan Ponce de León's entourage, became the first African to set foot on the island.