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Guaynabo is known as "Capital del Deporte" (capital of the sport). Puerto Rico's first settlement, Caparra, was founded in the area in 1508 by Juan Ponce de León. Guaynabo derives its name from a Taino Indian term which means "lugar de aguas dulces".

The Caparra Ruins Historical Museum & Park, the first Spanish settlement on Puerto Rico (1508), includes the remains of explorer Juan Ponce de León's residence.

Guaynabo is located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of Cataño; east of Bayamón; and west of San Juan.


Fruits are the principal crops grown in the surrounding rural area.

Notable People

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

Things to See and Do In Guaynabo

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

What to Do and See?

Where to Eat?

Festivals and Events

  • Fiesta de Reyes - January
  • Carnaval Mabó - February
  • Festival Bomba y Plena - October
    Festivities take place in the Bo. Amelia.
  • Ciudad Encantada en Navidad - November/December
    Festivities take place in the Tablado del Río parking lot.
  • Iluminación Navideña - November


Guaynabo Flag Guaynabo Coat of Arms

Anthem: Guaynabo, pueblo querido,...


There are 24 public schools in Guaynabo, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education. Guaynabo is also home of 2 colleges and universities.


Guaynabo is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Camarones
  • Frailes
  • Guaraguao
  • Hato Nuevo
  • Mamey
  • Pueblo
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Río
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonadora


10 Day Forecast

Demographics *

94,645 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 27.58 sq mi

Density: 3550.5 per sq mi

Median Age: 39.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $35,074
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 27.10 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 1523.3

Persons per household: 3.09

High school grad or higher: 80.2%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.1144° N, 66.1681° W

Zip Code: 00965, 00966, 00968, 00969, 00970, 00971

Driving Distance from San Juan: 15.8 miles

Driving Time: 27 minutes


Did You Know?

Puerto Rico was first enumerated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. War Department in 1899. Puerto Rico has been included as part of the decennial census since 1910. The Census Bureau conducted the first economic census in Puerto Rico in 1909.