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Patillas is known as "La Esmeralda del Sur" (emerald of the south), because of its green mountains. Patillas was founded in 1811.

Patillas is located in the southeastern coast, south of San Lorenzo; west of Yabucoa and Maunabo; and east of Guayama and Arroyo.

Patillas Sunset (Photo: Robin Cloutier)

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane and oranges.

There are many well-known "patillenses", among them: Angelita Lind.

Patillas is made up of 16 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Apeadero
  • Bajo
  • Cacao Alto
  • Cacao Bajo
  • Egozcue
  • Guardarraya
  • Jacaboa
  • Jagual
  • Mamey
  • Marín
  • Mulas
  • Muñoz Rivera
  • Pollos
  • Pueblo
  • Quebrada Arriba
  • Ríos

Things to See and Do In Patillas

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval de Patillas - May
    The festivities include dances, food, and parades. (787) 839-4120
  • Festival de Harina - December
    (787) 839-4120
  • Festival del name - December
    (787) 839-4120
  • Festival Monte y Mar - July
    (787) 839-4120
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Benito Abad - March
    Every year, Patillas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 839-4120


Patillas Flag Patillas Coat of Arms

Anthem: Patillenses


There are 14 public schools in Patillas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

18,587 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 46.7 sq mi

Density: 412.8 per sq mi

Median Age: 38.4

Economics *

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

Median household income: $14,506
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 55.70 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 200.4

Persons per household: 3.15

High school grad or higher: 66.7%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0064° N, 66.0158° W

Zip Code: 00723

Driving Distance from San Juan: 59.6 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Did You Know?

The true charm of Puerto Rico is its people.