Canóvanas is known as "La Cuna de los Indios" (Indian cradle) and "La Ciudad de las Carreras" (race horse town) because of its racetrack call "El Comandante". Juan R. Calderón founded Canóvanas in 1909. Canóvanas derives its name from a local Indian chief Canobaná (Canovanax).

Canóvanas is also known as the "Pueblo Valeroso" (valiant town) because the local Indian chief Yuira was killed defending the Spaniards from the Taínos.

Canóvanas is located in the northeastern region, north of Juncos and Las Piedras; south of Loíza; east of Carolina; and west of Río Grande. Its rivers are: Canóvanas, Cubuy, Herrera, Canovanillas and Grande de Loíza.

The surrounding areas produce coffee, sugar cane and bananas.

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

  • Franciso E. Mundo
  • Enrique Sanchez Cappa
  • Julio Jimenez
  • Luis Sanchez Cappa
  • Rafael Albandoz
  • Agustin Lopez Cases
  • Milagros Carillo ("La jibarita de Canovanas")

Canovanas is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Campo Rico
  • Cubuy
  • El Verde
  • Hato Puerco
  • Las Lomas
  • Las Mercedes
  • Pueblo
  • Toma Agua

Things to See and Do In Canovanas

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Anthem: Canóvanas


The annual precipitation is approximately 73.62 inches and the average temperature is 75°F.

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There are 17 public schools in Canovanas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.

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