San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

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San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
San Lorenzo Plaza and Catholic Church.
San Lorenzo Plaza and Catholic Church.
Flag of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Nickname(s): "The Town of the Samaritans", "Land of Leyends"
Anthem: "Son tus campos de bellísimo verdor"
Location of San Lorenzo in Puerto Rico
Location of San Lorenzo in Puerto Rico
Coordinates: 18°11′24″N 65°58′7″W / 18.19000°N 65.96861°W / 18.19000; -65.96861Coordinates: 18°11′24″N 65°58′7″W / 18.19000°N 65.96861°W / 18.19000; -65.96861
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1737
Founded by Valenciano Munoz de Oneca
 • Mayor Hon. Joe Román (PPD)
 • Senatorial dist. 7 - Humacao
 • Representative dist. 33
 • Total 53.3 sq mi (138.07 km2)
 • Land 53.3 sq mi (138 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.07 km2)  0%%
Population (2011)
 • Total 41,947
 • Density 790/sq mi (300/km2)
Demonym(s) Sanlorenceños
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 00754

San Lorenzo (Spanish pronunciation: [san loˈɾenso], Saint Lawrence) is a municipality of Puerto Rico located in the eastern central region, north of Patillas and Yabucoa; south of Gurabo; east of Caguas and Cayey; and west of Juncos and Las Piedras. San Lorenzo is spread over twelve wards and San Lorenzo Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.

San Lorenzo is called El Pueblo de los Samaritanos or La Tierra de Leyendas, The surrounding areas produce tobacco and sugar cane.

History: San Lorenzo was founded in 1737 by Valenciano Munoz de Oneca. In what was at that time the "Hatos De Los Delgado's" The "Delgado's Land".


  • Cayey Mountain Range


  • Río Cayaguás
  • Río Emajagua
  • Río Grande de Loíza
  • Río de Las Vegas

San Lorenzo has 12 wards or barrios:

  • Pueblo
  • Cayaguas
  • Cerro Gordo
  • Espino
  • Florida
  • Hato
  • Jagual
  • Quebrada
  • Quebrada Arenas
  • Quebrada Honda
  • Quemados
  • Jacob Perez


Landmarks and places of interest:

  • Priscilla Flores Theater

Image:Priscila Flores Theater, San Lorenzo.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Priscilla Flores Theater.

  • Santuario de la Virgen del Carmen en la Santa Montaña(Holy Mountain)

  • Gallera San Carlos-(Tuesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday & Sunday;Tel.(787)734-7126
  • Río Grande de Loíza
  • Iglesia Nuestra Señora De Las Mercedes(Church)(National Historic Site; built in 1737 and renovated in 1993.



  • Agriculture is run on a large farm belonging to the Olmeda-Reyes family, by Abraham Reyes,Jose Olmeda-Reyes and Nancy Ortiz.


  • Clothing, Pharmaceuticals, Footwear, Electromechanical equipment, Industrial and Household paints


Events and Festivals:

  • Three Kings Caroling-January
  • Cavalcade Moncho Roldán-January
  • Candelaria Celebrations-February
  • Kite Festival-March
  • Cross Celebrations-May
  • Patron Celebrations-September
  • Embroidering and Weave Festival-September
  • Passion Fruit Festival-November


  • AA Class Amateur Baseball Club "Los Samaritanos"-National Champions(1975,1997,1999,2000,2001,2002)[1] osAA.
  • Agustin Reyes Half Marathon


San Lorenzo's town hall.

Like all municipalities in Puerto Rico, San Lorenzo is administered by a mayor. The current mayor is José Román Abreu(Joe), from the Popular Democratic Party (PPD). Román was elected at the 2000 general election.

The city belongs to the Puerto Rico Senatorial district VII, which is represented by two Senators. In 2012, Jorge Suárez and José Luis Dalmau were elected as District Senators.[2]



The flag of San Lorenzo is divided in four rectangles of equal size, two rectangles are yellow and the other two are striped with red and yellow stripes.

Coat of arms The grill is the traditional symbol of San Lorenzo, deacon and martyr, patron of the town, because in a grill he underwent the martyrdom, slowly burned to death. The hill or mountain represent the Gregorio Hill, which dominates the San Lorenzo panorama. The cross is one of the heraldic attributes of San Miguel Arcángel.

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