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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

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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.


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Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 46.7 sq mi

Density: 356 per sq mi

Median Age: 45.7

Sex: 51% female

Economics **

Per capita income
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $17,138
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 50.8%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
200.4 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.72

High school grad or higher: 76%

Marital status: 40% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted - Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.
** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0064° N, 66.0158° W

Zip Code: 723

Driving Distance from San Juan: 59.6 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico does not utilize Daylight Saving Time.