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Lajas is known as "La Ciudad Cardenalicia" (cardinality city). Lajas was founded in 1883 by Teodoro Jácome Pagán.

Lajas is located in southwestern region, south of San Germán and Sabana Grande; east of Cabo Rojo; and west of Guánica.

La Parguera (Photo: Maria Ximena Hernandez)

South of semi-arid farmland in the Lajas Valley, the fishing village of "La Parguera" has developed onto a popular resort center while maintaining much of its small town atmosphere. Guest houses and inns, seafood restaurants, water sports and boating centers and small shops fan out from the small plaza. In the evening, boats leave regularly for nearby Phosphorescent Bay, where millions of luminescent dinoflagellates light up when disturbed by movement; moonless nights are best. Numerous mangrove cays and islets form ornate channels places. Bathers and picnickers visit Rosada Beach or Mata de la Gata Cay. Snorkelers and scuba divers explore nearby reefs and spectacular outer shelf walls that lie up to seven miles offshore. On weekends the town becomes more bustling.

There are many well-known "lajeños", among them: first Puerto Rican Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez.

Lajas is made up of 12 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Candelaria
  • Costa
  • Lajas
  • Lajas Arriba
  • Llanos
  • Palmarejo
  • Parquera
  • Paris
  • La Plata
  • Pueblo
  • Sababa Yeguas
  • Santa Rosa

Things to See and Do In Lajas

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

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Festivals and Events

  • Festival de Chiringas - February
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria - February
    Every year, Lajas celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
  • Feria Agropecuaria - June
  • Feria Agrícola de la Reserva del Valle - September
  • Lola Rodriguez de Tio Festival - September


Anthem: Nuestro Lajas, pueblito querido...


There are 12 public schools in Lajas, education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.


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Demographics *

24,973 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 59.95 sq mi

Density: 429.6 per sq mi

Median Age: 39.7

Economics *

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

Median household income: $13,975
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 61.20 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 206.8

Persons per household: 3.15

High school grad or higher: 58.4%

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

Map References

Coordinates: 18.0519° N, 67.0597° W

Zip Code: 00667

Driving Distance from San Juan: 111.6 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 28 minutes


Did You Know?

Eight major rivers originates in El Yunque and supplies water to 20% of the island's population.