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Yauco

('yau-"ko)

Yauco is known as El Pueblo del Café (coffee city). Yauco was founded in February 29, 1756 by Fernando Pacheco. Yauco derives its name from a name given by the Indians to a river close by, Coayuco River.

Located in the Cordillera Central region, Monte Guilarte Forest Reserve is a beautiful and lush tropical reserve. The Forest is divided into seven segments and fall within the municipalities of Adjuntas, Guayanilla, Peñuelas and Yauco. The trails are excellent for hiking and the views at the pinnacle are breathtaking. On a clear day you can see both Ponce and San Juan without the aid of binoculars. Monte Guilarte (3,953 ft) is the third highest mountain peak on the island. (787) 724-3647.

Also located in the foothills of Cordillera Central the Susua Forest in between the municipalities of Yauco and Sabana Grande. The highest elevation is 473 m. Facilities include: 15 campgrounds, a half basketball court, bathrooms, and showers. Mon-Fri 7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Sat, Sun & Holidays 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, (787) 999-2200.

Yauco is also home to the Lucchetti Lake, facilities include: boat ramp, fish cleaning station, gazebos, BBQs, restrooms with showers and a camping area. Open Tue-Sun from 6:30am to 6:30pm. Road 128 Km. 12.3, (787) 844-4660.

Economy

The surrounding areas produces sugar, coffee, tobacco, cotton and oranges. Yauco also produces textiles and other light manufactures.

Geography

Yauco is located in the southern coast of the island, south of Maricao, Lares and Adjuntas; east of Sabana Grande and Guánica; and west of Guayanilla.

Yauco is made up of 20 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Aguas Blancas
  • Algarrobo
  • Almácigo Alto
  • Almácigo Bajo
  • Barina
  • Caimito
  • Collores
  • Diego Hernández
  • Duey
  • Frailes
  • Jácana
  • Naranjo
  • Pueblo
  • Quebradas, Ranchera
  • Río Prieto
  • Rubias
  • Sierra Alta
  • Susúa Alta
  • Susúa Baja
  • Vegas

Climate

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Notable People

There are many well-known "yaucanos", among them:

  • Amaury Veray Torregrosa
  • José Enamorado Cuesta
  • Franciso Lluch Mora
  • Loaiza Cordero
  • Amelia Agostini Carmelo Filardi
  • Franciso Mattei

Restaurants

  • Hacienda Restaurante Campo Alegre (Puerto Rican), (787) 856-2609
  • La Guardarraya (Puerto Rican), (787) 856-4222

Festivals and Events

  • Festival Nacional del Cafe - February
    Yauco celebrates "la toma de cafe" every year. The festival takes place in the plaza town (Plaza Fernando de Pacheco) and features folkloric music, crafts displays, typical cuisine and demonstrations of coffee preparations. The delicious aroma of coffee fills the air and visitors are able to taste some of the area's finest blends. (787) 856-1345
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Virgen del Rosario - October
    Every year, Yauco celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 856-1340
  • Puerto Rican Race Festival - November

Symbols

Yauco Flag Yauco Coat of Arms

Anthem: Pueblo de gestas gloriosas...

Education

There are 28 public schools in Yauco, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Yauco is also home of 1 university.

Demographics *

42,043
Population
39,819 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 68.19 sq mi

Density: 616.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 38.1

Economics *

$7,235
Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $15,053
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 54.30 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

15,138
Number of households
Housing units density: 264.3

Persons per household: 3.22

High school grad or higher: 64.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0369° N, 66.8503° W

Zip Code: 00698

Driving Distance from San Juan: 95.7 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes


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