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).

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

Barrios (wards) (6): Ancones, Guásima, Palmas, Pitahaya, Pueblo, and Yaurel.

Anthem: Arroyo


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).

Land Area: 14.5 sq mi (39 sq km)
Water Area: 20.60 sq mi
Population: 20,219 (2000)
Density: 507.0 per sq km (1,318.4 per sq mi) (2000)
Housing Units: 7,287 (2000)
Housing Density: 484.5 (2000)
Per Capita Income: $5,797 (2000)
Driving Distance: 56.6 miles (from San Juan)
Driving Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes · Get Directions

Where to Eat?

  • Galeria del Puerto - (1 La Marina, Arroyo, PR 00714) (787) 271-1108. Fax (787) 839-4944

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval de Arroyo - February - Festivities include dances, food, parades and processions, and presentations honoring outstanding community members. (787) 839-9060.
  • Fiesta Negra - March
  • Los Rosarios de Cruz - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July - Festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 839-2030 or (787) 839-3835.
  • Festival del Pescao - November
  • Festival Navideņo - December

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Did You Know?

As a result of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Cuba became independent and Puerto Rico was annexed to the United States.