San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
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|Corporation||San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation|
|Country||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Time zone||AST (UTC−4)|
|Area code(s)||638, 674, 675, 825|
San Juan is governed by the San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation. Pronounced "Sahwah" by the local people, San Juan is the first major stop along the East-West Corridor for maxi-taxis and buses. It is located 6 km east of Port of Spain, 7 km west of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus and 18 km away from the Piarco International Airport. Its suburbs are El Soccoro, Aranguez, Bourg Mulatrese, Febeau Village and Petit Bourg. The MTS Plaza in Aranguez is the home of the San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation. It is bordered by the Caroni Swamp in the south to Santa Cruz in the north and Barataria in the west to Champ Fleurs in the east. The Priority Mall serves as a bus terminal for the town. The town was named after San Juan Baptista (St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of the town and namesake of the Roman Catholic Church on Cemetery Street and the Anglican church on the Eastern Main Road.)
San Juan is home to the internationally known beverage company Solo Beverages. Solo Beverages is a company that provides carbonated beverages that are considered a symbol of Trinidad and Tobago. In June 2010, Japs Fried Chicken opened its doors in San Juan. The popular supermarket, Ramesh and Leela is headquartered in the Croisee with another branch located in Febeau Village. Also located on El Socorro Main Road, is Geelal's Super Wholesalers & Distributors Ltd., a longtime wholesaler with over 25 years of service who specializes in imports and exports. Geelal's has grown so popular that smaller businesses has developed around the distribution centre, there has been fresh coconut water and doubles stands opened across the streets. The main streets of San Juan are primarily business districts, El Socorro Road encompasses car-parts, hardwares, and groceries, Aranguez Main Road hosts mainly fresh fruit and vegetable shops as well as garden supply stores. The area is always bustling with traffic due to the strong economy. The many businesses located on El Socorro Road has boosted the demand of taxi services which led to an expansion of the El Socorro Taxi Stand in the Croisee. The increased traffic has also allowed gas stations and auto repair shops to become successful in the area as well as many fast food restaurants.
San Juan has grown to be commonly known as the cocaine capital of Trinidad. The drug trade in Trinidad flows primarily through a few drug organizations based in San Juan. It is now a common ground for police raids and shootouts. In addition to the drug related crimes, some businesses have become involved in crime and corruption. Super Wholesalers and Distributors owner, Primnath Geelal has been the subject of numerous stolen goods investigations. Most recently the businessman had his store raided by the fraud squad as part of a fraud and money laundering investigation. It has been long time suspected that the business is a money laundering operation for the local drug traffickers, the owner has been questioned by police and the investigation continues. Local bars have also held similar stigmas such as Four Roses Bar which was shut down after a money laundering investigation, the bar later re-opened under a new name. Some other businesses such as Maraj Supermarket has fallen victim to gang taxation in exchange for protection from violence.
The local nightlife includes many pubs and bars along the main streets of San Juan. The nightlife facilities are available daily until approximately midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays nightlife goes until 5am. Aranguez is home to one of the country's most popular savannahs, Aranguez Savannah. Aranguez Savannah hosts major celebrations and events including Holi, Carnival, cricket games, and The Samaan Tree Rock Festival among many other live concerts.
- Census 2000