Yabucoa

(yah-boo-KO-ah)

Yabucoa is known as "La Ciudad de los Azúcar", Yabucoa was founded in 1793. Derives its name from a Taino Indian term, which means "sitio donde se cultiva la yuca".

Yabucoa is located in the southeastern region, north of Maunabo; south of San Lorenzo, Las Piedras and Humacao; and east of Patillas.

The surrounding areas produces sugar cane.

There are many well-known "yabucoeños", among them: Santiago Vidarte, Antonio Ayuso Valdivieso, and Jaime Bague.

Land Area: 143 sq km (54.6 sq mi)
Water Area: 28.01 sq mi
Population: 43,140
Density: 276.5 per sq km (718.7 per sq mi)
Housing Units: 13,688
Housing Density: 247.7
Per Capita Income: $6,125
Source: 2000 Census
Hymn: Yabucoa es mi Pueblo...
Wards: Aguacate, Calabaza, Camino Nuevo, Guayabota, Jácana, Juan Marín, Limones, Playa, Pueblo and Tejas.
Driving Distance: 39.8 miles *
Driving Time: 1 hour, 8 minutes *

Festivals and Events

  • Festival del Azucar, Guarapo y Melao - May
  • Festival del Campesino - October
  • Festival del Carmen en la Playa Guayanis - July
  • Festival de Quebradillas - September
  • Festival Jibaro de Martorell - December
  • Festival Playero - May
  • Fiestas Patronales de los Santos Angeles Custodios - October
  • Every year, Yabucoa celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 893-3000

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Did You Know?

The Cathedral of San Juan Bautista is the oldest buildings in San Juan, and is the second oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere; construction began in 1521.