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Yabucoa is known as La Ciudad de los Azúcar, Yabucoa was founded in 1793. Derives its name from a Taino Indian term, which means sitio donde se cultiva la yuca.

Yabucoa is located in the southeastern region, north of Maunabo; south of San Lorenzo, Las Piedras and Humacao; and east of Patillas.

Palm Trees (Photo: Mark Collins)

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane.

There are many well-known "yabucoeños", among them: Santiago Vidarte, Antonio Ayuso Valdivieso, and Jaime Bague.

Yabucoa is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Aguacate
  • Calabaza
  • Camino Nuevo
  • Guayabota
  • Jácana
  • Juan Marín
  • Limones
  • Playa
  • Pueblo
  • Tejas

Things to See and Do In Yabucoa

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival del Azucar, Guarapo y Melao - May
  • Festival del Campesino - October
  • Festival del Carmen en la Playa Guayanes - July
  • Festival de Quebradillas - September
  • Festival Jibaro de Martorell - December
  • Festival Playero - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de los Santos Angeles Custodios - October
    Every year, Yabucoa celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 893-3000


Anthem: Yabucoa es mi Pueblo...


There are 23 public schools in Yabucoa, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

36,553 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 55.21 sq mi

Density: 687.2 per sq mi

Median Age: 36.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $17,264
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 51.50 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 286.1

Persons per household: 3.24

High school grad or higher: 64.7%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0506° N, 65.8794° W

Zip Code: 00767

Driving Distance from San Juan: 39.8 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Did You Know?

In Puerto Rico, life expectancy at birth for the population has increased from 29.8 years in 1902 to 79.4 years in 2016.