Aguas Buenas


Aguas Buenas is known as La Ciudad de las Aguas Claras (city of clear waters), because of the purity of its fresh water springs, the name literally translates to "good waters". Originally named Aguabuena, a sector of Caguas, later in 1798, became Aguas Claras as residents started establishing houses near the area. The town was founded in May 25, 1838 by Francisco de Salas Torres, who was declared the city mayor.

Aguas Buenas territory is moderately mountainous, located in the Central Mountain Range, north of Cidra and Caguas; south of Bayamón, Guaynabo and San Juan; east of Comerío; and west of Caguas. Aguas Buenas' highest peaks are La Peña (552 m), Santa Bárbara (510 m), and Chícharo (490 m). The most significant rivers are Cañas, Bairoa, Cagüitas and Bayamón.

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

  • Jacobo Córdova Chirino, journalist
  • Gustavo Muñiz Díaz, doctor
  • Rafael Nicolau, journalist
  • Luis Rechani Agrait, dramatist
  • Pio Rechani, journalist
Aguas Buenas is divided into 10 barrios, including the downtown area:
  • Bairoa
  • Bayamóncito
  • Cagüitas
  • Jagüeyes
  • Juan Ascencio
  • Mulas
  • Mulitas
  • Pueblo
  • Sonadora
  • Sumidero

Symbols

Flag
The flag of Aguas Buenas features a blue triangle with the base at the hoist. The triangle has a solitary white star, like the national banner. A second triangle appears interposed with the first one, in yellow, with its point reaching the other end of the flag. The main field of the flag, under both triangles, is color green.
Coat of Arms Coat of Amers
The coat of arms features a four-paneled shield. The upper left panel shows the Virgin of Monserrate, while the upper right panel features a Taíno, a symbol of the original inhabitants of this region. At the bottom right panel, lies a cornucopia containing the native fruit of Aguas Buenas. This panel represents how the agriculture was the primary source of income for the town. In the lower left panel, there are four maracas and a güicharo, typical instruments of the "jibaros" of Aguas Buenas and Puerto Rico. The crown, as with other municipalities of Puerto Rico, consists of three towers.

Anthem:
Aguas claras...

Land Area: 30.1 sq mi (78 sq km)
Water Area: 0 sq mi (0.01 sq km)
Population: 28,599 (2011)
Density: 370/km2 (950/sq mi) (2010)
Housing Units: 10,412 (2000)
Housing Density: 340.6 (2000)
Per Capita Income: $7,034 (2000)
Unemployment rate: 15.3% (Aug 2013)
Coordinates: 18°15'25"N 66°06'11"W
Zip Codes: 00703
Driving Distance: 21.3 miles (from San Juan)
Driving Time: 43 minutes Get Directions (from San Juan)

Climate

Aguas Buenas annual precipitation is 66.5 inches, and its average temperature is 75°F. June is the warmest, February is the coldest, November is the wettest and March is the driest month.

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What to Do and See?

  • Las Catalinas Mall - Over 100 stores and a food court. 52 Luis A. Ferre Expressway (787) 745-4105

Festivals and Events

  • Festival Folklorico de Campo y Pueblo - January
  • Aguas Buenas Carnival - March
  • Fiestas Patronales Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate - September

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Did You Know?

Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States since 1898.