Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

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City and Municipality
Guaynabo's Central Business District in 2013.
Guaynabo's Central Business District in 2013.
Flag of Guaynabo
"Ciudad de los Conquistadores", "Pueblo del Carnaval Mabó", "Primer Poblado de Puerto Rico"
Anthem: "Con Mi Pueblito Sabanero"
Location of Guaynabo in Puerto Rico
Location of Guaynabo in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°22′00″N 66°06′00″W / 18.36667°N 66.10000°W / 18.36667; -66.10000Coordinates: 18°22′00″N 66°06′00″W / 18.36667°N 66.10000°W / 18.36667; -66.10000
Commonwealth Puerto Rico
 • MayorÁngel Pérez Otero (PNP)
 • Senatorial dist.1 - San Juan
 • Representative dist.6 / 9
 • Total70.2 km2 (27.1 sq mi)
 • Total97,924
 • Density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Zip code
00965, 00966, 00968, 00969, 00971, 00970
Major routesPR primary 2.svg PR urban primary 1.svg PR urban primary 23.svg PR urban primary 165.svg PR urban primary 177.svg PR urban primary 199.svg Ellipse sign 19.svg Ellipse sign 24.svg Ellipse sign 28.svg Ellipse sign 169.svg Ellipse sign 173.svg Ellipse sign 174.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 20.svg PR primary 22.svg

Guaynabo (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡwaiˈnaβo]) is a municipality in the northern part of Puerto Rico (US), located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas, south of Cataño, east of Bayamón, and west of San Juan. Guaynabo is spread over 9 wards and Guaynabo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the suburb).

Guaynabo is considered, along with its neighbors – San Juan and the municipalities of Bayamón, Carolina, Cataño, Trujillo Alto, and Toa Baja – to be part of the San Juan metropolitan area. It is also part of the larger San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area, (the largest MSA in Puerto Rico).

The municipality has a land area of 27.13 square miles (70.3 km2) and a population of 97,924 as of the 2010 census.

The studios of WAPA-TV is located in Guaynabo.


The first European settlement in Puerto Rico, Caparra, was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de León in land that is today part of Guaynabo. Ponce de León resided there as first Spanish governor of Puerto Rico. This settlement was abandoned in 1521 in favor of San Juan. The ruins of Caparra remain and are a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Museum of the Conquest and Colonization of Puerto Rico, which features artifacts from the site and others in Puerto Rico, is located on the grounds.

The municipality of Guaynabo was founded in 1769 by Pedro R. Davila (P.R.), after a struggle for division from the municipality of Bayamón. Previously, the municipality was known as "Buinabo", a name that means in Taíno "Aquí hay otro lugar de agua dulce" or "Here is another place of fresh water."

In October 2017, after a couple of hurricanes struck Guaynabo, including Hurricane Maria, President Donald Trump visited the area.


Guaynabo[1] is on the northern side.

Hurricane Maria[edit]

Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017 triggered numerous landslides in Guaynabo with the significant amount of rainfall.[2][3] Due to the municipality's fiscal difficulties, it was not until April 2, 2019, over a year and half later, that the overtime pay owed to municipal workers was paid.[4]


Barrios of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico locator map

Like all municipalities of Puerto Rico, Guaynabo is subdivided into barrios. The municipal buildings, central square and large Catholic church are located in a smaller barrio referred to as "el pueblo", located near the center of the municipality.[5][6][7][8]

Guaynabo's town square in Guaynabo barrio-pueblo.


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1930-1950[11] 1960-2000[12] 2010[7]


Landmarks and places of interest[edit]

Museum of Transportation in Guaynabo
Scenic lookout at mirador Gavillan


Several businesses have their headquarters or local Puerto Rican branches in Guaynabo. El Nuevo Día,[14] Chrysler, Santander Securities, Puerto Rico Telephone, and many sales offices for large US and international firms (such as Total, Microsoft, Toshiba, Puma Energy and others) have their Puerto Rican headquarters in Guaynabo. WAPA-TV (Televicentro) and Univision Puerto Rico have their main studios in Guaynabo.

Iberia's San Juan-area offices are in Guaynabo.[15]

Special Communities Program[edit]

Spearheaded by then governor Sila María Calderón, Law 1-2001 was passed in 2001,[16] to identify Puerto Rico's marginalized communities.[17] In 2017, then governor Ricardo Rosselló created a new government agency to work with the Special Communities of Puerto Rico Program.[18][19] Of the 742 places on the list of Comunidades Especiales de Puerto Rico, the following barrios, communities, sectors, or neighborhoods were in Guaynabo: Amelia, Buen Samaritano, Camarones barrio, Corea, El Polvorín, Honduras, Jerusalén, Los Filtros, Sector El Laberinto, Sector La Pajilla, Sector Los Ratones (Camino Feliciano), Sector San Miguel, Trujillo, Sector Tomé, Vietnam,[20] and Villa Isleña.[17][21]


Carjackings have been an ongoing problem in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico[22][23][24][25][26] and in 2014 the FBI reported a carjacking that occurred in Camarones.[27]


Climate data for Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 94
Average high °F (°C) 84
Average low °F (°C) 67
Record low °F (°C) 50
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.79


Festivals and events[edit]

  • Three Reyes Festival - January
  • Mabó Carnival - March
  • Mothers Tribute - May
  • Patron Festivities - May
  • Salsa National Day - June
  • Bellas Artes Camp - June
  • Bomba & Plena Festival - October
  • Christmas Lighting - November
  • Christmas Balls Giveaway - December


Guaynabo's old BSN team, the Guaynabo Mets, won national championships in 1980, 1982 and 1989, commanded by the player whom the Mario Morales Coliseum was named after, Mario "Quijote" Morales. The Conquistadores de Guaynabo, or Guaynabo Conquistadores, are the Guaynabo Mets replacement and still play in the Mario Morales Coliseum. The Mets de Guaynabo are the local women's volleyball team that play in the LVSF, or The Liga de Voliebol Superior Femenino. They have not won any championships yet. They also play in the Mario Morales Coliseum. Guaynabo Fluminense FC is Guaynabo's professional soccer team that plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League. The league started in 2008 and Guaynabo's current position in the league is 4th place. Guaynabo Fluminense FC play their matches at the Jose Bonano Stadium that was originally made for baseball, but became a soccer arena after the Puerto Rico Baseball League was cancelled for the 2008 season. It was at the same year that the Puerto Rico Soccer League was starting to take place. In the 2009 season, Guaynabo Fluminense FC moved to the Sixto Escobar Stadium.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The United States Postal Service operates two post offices, Guaynabo and Caparra Heights, in Guaynabo.[29][30]

The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates the Metropolitan Detention Center, Guaynabo in Guaynabo.[31]

Some regions of the city belong to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district I while others belong to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district II. Both of the Districts are represented by two Senators. In 2016, Henry Neumann and Miguel Romero were elected as Senators for District I, while Migdalia Padilla and Carmelo Ríos have been serving as Senators for District II since being elected in 2004.[32]


Mayors of Guaynabo from 1969 to present[edit]

Mayor Term Party
Ebenezer Rivera 1969–1979 New Progressive Party
Alejandro Cruz Ortiz 1979–1993 New Progressive Party
Héctor O'Neill García 1993–2017 New Progressive Party
Angel Pérez Otero 2017–present New Progressive Party

Mayors of Guaynabo from 1782 to 1969[edit]

Term Name
1782 Cayetano de la Sarna
1800 Pedro Dávila
1812 Dionisio Cátala
1816 Angel Umpierre
1818 Juan José González
1821 Joaquín Goyena
1822 José María Prosis
1823 Simón Hinonio
1825 José R. Ramírez
1827 Antonio Guzmán
1828 Genaro Oller
1836 Andrés Degal
1836 Agustín Rosario
1840 Francisco Hiques
1844 Martínez Díaz
1848 Tomás Cátla
1849 Andrés Vega
1852 Justo García
1856 José Tomás Sagarra
1857 Manuel Manzano
1859 Juan Floret
1859 José Francisco Chiques
1862 Segundo de Echeverte
1862 José de Murgas
1869 Juan J. Caro
1873 Benito Gómez
1874 Manuel Millones
1876 José Otero
1891 Juan Díaz de Barrio
1914 José Ramón
1914 José Carazo
1919 Narciso Val Llovera
1924 Zenón Díaz Valcárcel
1936 Dolores Valdivieso
1944 Augosto Rivera
1948 Jorge Gavillán Fuentes
1956 Juan Román
1964 José Rosario Reyes

Health facilities[edit]

Professional Hospital Guaynabo located on Felisa Rincón Avenue (formerly Las Cumbres Avenue), is the newest hospital infrastructure built in Puerto Rico. Guaynabo is the only city in Puerto Rico to have a hospital specialized in advanced vascular surgery.[33] Some of the first and newest procedures performed in Puerto Rico during 2009 were done in Professional Hospital Guaynabo, including the first AxiaLIF surgery for lumbar fusion.[34]


PR-1 and PR-8834 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

The Tren Urbano has only one station in the municipality, Torrimar Station. Guaynabo has a bus network called “Guaynabo City Transport”. There are 63 bridges in Guaynabo.[35]


The Japanese Language School of Puerto Rico (プエルトリコ補習授業校 Puerutoriko Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a weekend Japanese school, previously held its classes in Guaynabo.[36] It closed in March 2006.[37]

International relations[edit]

Guaynabo serves as a host city to four foreign consulates with business in Puerto Rico:

See also[edit]


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  27. ^ "Arrests of Elvin Manuel Otero Tarzia, Sebastian Angelo Saldana, Kevin Rivera Ruiz, and a Male Juvenile". FBI. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
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  30. ^ "Post Office Location - CAPARRA HEIGHTS Archived 2010-03-15 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 19, 2010.
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  32. ^ Elecciones Generales 2012: Escrutinio General Archived 2013-01-15 at the Wayback Machine on CEEPUR
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  34. ^ "Avanza la cirugía de la columna" Primera Hora Newspaper, Alejandra M. Jover Tovarra - 10/02/2009
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