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San Sebastian

(sahn se-bahs-tee-AHN)

San Sebastián is known as El Pueblo de los Pepinianos. San Sebastián was founded in 1752 by Pedro Martínez de Oneca.

San Sebastián has one of the most beautiful places, a waterfall called El Salto de Collazo (Collazo's leap).

San Sebastian Waterfall (Photo: Tarrah Carpenter)

San Sebastián is located south of Isabela and Quebradillas; north of Las Marías; east of Moca and Añasco; and west of Lares.

There are many well-known pepinianos, among them: composer Juan F. Acosta.

San Sebastian is made up of 25 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Aibonito
  • Aibonito Guerrero
  • Altozano
  • Bahomamey
  • Calabazas
  • Cibao
  • Cidral
  • Culebrinas
  • Eneas
  • Guacio
  • Guajataca
  • Guatemala
  • Hato Arriba
  • Hoyamala
  • Juncal
  • Magos
  • Mirabales
  • Perchas I
  • Perchas II
  • Piedras Blancas
  • Pozas
  • Pueblo
  • Robles
  • Salto
  • Sonador

Things to See and Do In San Sebastian

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de la Novilla - January
  • Festival de Reyes - January
  • Festival Nacional de la Hamaca - July
    (787) 896-3105
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Sebastian - January


Anthem: Van ms de dos siglos de historia de vida..


There are 27 public schools in San Sebastian, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. San Sebastian is also home of 1 colleges and universities.


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Demographics *

40,824 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 70.42 sq mi

Density: 602.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 39

Economics *

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

Median household income: $14,463
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 55.20 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 265.5

Persons per household: 3.07

High school grad or higher: 56.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.3372° N, 66.9906° W

Zip Code: 00685

Driving Distance from San Juan: 81.8 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 7 minutes

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