Guayama

  (gwah-YAH-mah)

Guayama is known as "La Ciudad Bruja" (witch city) or "Pueblo de los Brujos" (city of witches). Guayama was founded in 1736 by Matías de Abadía.

The "Casa Cautiño" is a beautiful home designed in creole-style architecture, built in 1887, now is a museum and cultural centre. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm; (787) 864-9083.

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1987. The reserve is located between the coasts of Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The two main components: Mar Negro mangrove forest, which consists of a mangrove forest and a complex system of lagoons and channels interspersed with salt and mud flats; and Cayos Caribe Islets, which are surrounded by coral reefs and seagrass beds, with small beach deposits and upland areas. Open Daily: 8:00am-4:00pm, (787) 864-0105. Guided tours are offered upon request and reservation.

The Aguirre Forest includes: mangroves, tidal flats, bird rookeries, research lakes & large manatee population. (787) 864-0105.

The Carite Forest a 6,000-acre nature reserve is inhabited by 50 species of birds, making this spot a recognized area for birding. The reserve with a dwarf forest that was produced by the region's high humidity and moist soil. The highest point is Cerro La Santa, at 3,000 feet. Located at Rt. 184.

Guayama territory is located on the Southern Coastal Valley region, bordering the Caribbean Sea, south of Cayey; east of Salinas; and west of Patillas and Arroyo. The annual precipitation is approximately 52 inches and the average temperature is 81F.

The surrounding areas produces sugar, tobacco, coffee, and livestock. Guayama has been noted for its developments in irrigation, which have increased agricultural production, as well as in electrification.

There are many well-known "guayameses", among them: Luis Palé Matos, Joaquin Lopez Lopez, Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero, Eluterio Kerkes, Enrique Lefebre, Jacinto Texidor, Fran Cervoni, Franciscp Antonio Ortiz, and Andres Jose de Rivera.

Land Area: 169 sq km (65.3 sq mi)
Water Area: 41.74 sq mi
Population: 43,312
Density: 261.0 per sq km (678.4 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 16,368
Housing Density: 251.5
Per Capita Income: $7,326
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Himno de Guayama
Wards: Algarrobo, Caimital, Carite, Carmen, Guamaní, Jobos, Machete, Palmas y Pozo Hondo and Pueblo.
Driving Distance: 52.0 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 19 minutes *

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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