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Arroyo is located in the region known as the Southern Coastal Valley, a very dry region. Bordering the Caribbean Sea, east of Guayama and northwest of Patillas. Arroyo's highest peaks are Yaurel (686 m), Corazón (605 m), and Ancones (270 m).

Chiriopolis in Arroyo (Photo: Fernando L. Pacheco)

Arroyo is known as Pueblo Ingrato-Pueblo Grato. The town was founded in December 25, 1855. Arroyo ("creek" in English) derives its name from the small stream from which weary travelers in the past stopped for a drink of water and to rest.

Points of Interest

Punta Guilarte Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

Arroyo's Hospital Lafayette is one of the oldest private hospitals in the southeast of the island.

The surrounding areas produce sugar cane.

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

  • Francisco J. Amy
  • Marcelina Cintrón
  • José Manautou Fantauzzi
  • Juan B. Huyke, writer and politician
  • Enrique Huyke
  • Galio Ortíz
  • José Ramón Quiñones

Arroyo is made up of 6 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Ancones
  • Guásima
  • Palmas
  • Pitahaya
  • Pueblo
  • Yaurel

Things to See and Do In Arroyo

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval de Arroyo - February
    Arroyo celebrates this Carnival with many daytime and evening activities. The festivities include: dances, food, parades and processions, and presentations honoring outstanding community members.
  • Fiesta Negra - March
  • Los Rosarios de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
    Every year, Arroyo celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Festival del Pescao - November
  • Festival Navideo - December


It has two horizontal bands of equal size. The orange and black colors keep alive a past filled with adventure and accomplishment. The Coat of Arms is placed in the center of the flag.
Coat of Arms
Cut into the upper blue field a church, a rosary to the right and a flower to the left. At the base, a tower between two silver telegraph poles on green hills. At the bottom waving stripes of blue and silver, and below these, a fish. Above the shield, lies a crown of three towers filled in with purple. Below there's a banner with the motto, Arroyo Pueblo Grato (Arroyo Pleasing Town).

Anthem: Arroyo


There are 10 public schools in Arroyo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Arroyo is also home of 2 colleges and universities.


10-Day Forecast

Demographics *

19,228 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 15.01 sq mi

Density: 1304.1 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.1

Economics *

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

Median household income: $16,350
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 51.70 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 591.3

Persons per household: 3.18

High school grad or higher: 67.6%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 17.9658° N, 66.0614° W

Zip Code: 00714

Driving Distance from San Juan: 56.6 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes


Did You Know?

The U.S. dollar is the official currency and U.S. citizens don't need a passport.