Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

City Of Clear Waters

Aguas Buenas Plaza Aguas Buenas is known as the “City of Clear Waters” and the “Oasis of Puerto Rico”. The patron saint festival, in honor of Our Lady of Monserrate, is held in early September.

This municipality is located in the center of the island and is part of the region known as the eastern humid mountains. It is about 259 meters above sea level.

Aguas Buenas is bordered on the north by Bayamón, Guaynabo and Río Piedras; on the south by Cidra; to the east by Caguas and to the west by Comerío. The land is fertile, very appropriate for growing coffee and fruit.

Today, agriculture has diminished markedly. The economy is mainly based on certain industrial businesses and the service sector.


Aguas Buenas was originally a sector of the Municipality of Caguas, which was known as Aguabuena (Good Water). This territory had as assets springs of pure and crystalline waters. During 1798, a group of neighbors began to settle their homes near to one of these springs and decided to call to the sector Aguas Claras (Clear Waters).

The number of neighbors (residents of the zone) increased with the passing of years. On the 25th of July, 1832, the residents formed an assembly and commissioned Don Francisco de Salas Torres and Don Ramón Diaz to make the necessary arrangements to declare the Aguas Claras region a municipality. Don Julian López, one of the neighbors, had ten acres of land where the new municipality would be formed. There the plaza, the church, the house of the king would be constructed, which at the moment is known as the Municipal Mayorship and the priest’s house.

In 1834, during the government of Miguel de la Torre, the creation of a decree for the municipality was authorized. The 25th of May, 1838, the government of Don Miguel López de Baños passed a law forming the Aguas Claras region with its Aquasbonenses settlers into the Aguas Buenas Municipality. Don Francisco Salas Torres was the settlement’s first captain or mayor.

At the beginning the municipality had economic and administrative difficulties. Gradually the inhabitants developed an agricultural economy based on coffee and commerce. With these developments the Aguas Buenas population grew and had 7,000 inhabitants by the end of 19th century.

Today, agriculture has diminished markedly. The economy is mainly based on certain industrial businesses and the service sector.


mapa aguas buenasThe Aguas Buenas municipality is located on the eastern side of the Central Mountain Range (Cordillera Central) of Puerto Rico. It is bordered by: Bayamón, Guaynabo and San Juan to the north, Cidra and Caguas to the south, Caguas to the east, and Comerío to the west.


78 sq km / 30.1 sq mi


29,032 (census 2000)

Population Density:

373.2 per sq km / 964.5 per sq mi

People are known as:


Aguas Buenas is also known as:

La Ciudad de las Aguas Claras (City Of Clear Waters)
Los Mulos (The Mules)
El Oasis de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico’s Oasis)
Los Ñocos

Wards: Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico

barrios aguas buenas
Censo 2000:
Population by Wards – Aguas Buenas
Aguas Buenas Pueblo 1,990
Bairoa 2,448
Bayamoncito 1,897
Cagüitas 2,704
Jagüeyes 2,487
Juan Asencio 2,860
Mula 3,657
Mulita 267
Sonadora 2,845
Sumidero 7,877
Guerrero 3,366
Total 29,032

Información: Negociado del Censo de los EE.UU. Censo 2000


Nuestra Señora de la Monserrate
Espíritu Santo Parish
Apartado 1250
Aguas Buenas, P.R. 00703
(787) 732-1270

Espíritu Santo Parish
Espíritu Santo Parish


The territory is moderately mountainous being in the Mountain Range of Cayey (Sierra de Cayey), which is part of the Central Mountain Range. The highest peaks are La Peña, Santa Bárbara, La Tisa, and La Marquesa.


The Cañas, Bairoa, Cagüitas and Bayamón rivers form part of its hydrography.


Construction materials and ladies apparel.

Average Salary:

$279.27 weekly (1998)


aguas buenas bandera Francisco Díaz Rivera designed the rectangular flag. A blue triangle with the base at the hoist has a solitary white star, like the national banner. Two additional triangles appear in yellow and green colors. These colors denote the agriculture and tropical flora, and the commercial and industrial development of Aguas Buenas.

The blue triangle represents the Puerto Rican nationality. When all these colors and triangles are united, they convey and manifest friendship, hospitality, cooperation, faith, and work of the people of this country; virtues and qualities that distinguish and honor us all.

Coat Of Arms:

aguas buenas escudo In the shield we find history, traditions and culture, as well as the image of our possibility as a town that knows its origin and knows where it is headed in the preservation of these values. The shield shows us the Virgin of Monserrate at the top right side, a Taino Indian at the top left side, a symbol of the original inhabitants of this region.

At the bottom right side it has a cornucopia containing the native fruit of Aguas Buenas. In the left bottom side, there are four maracas and güicharo, typical instruments of the “jibaros” of Aguas Buenas and Puerto Rico. The crown consists of three towers.

Places To Visit:

  • City Hall
  • Lecture House
  • Christ Redeemer House
  • La Charca Recreational Center
  • Aguas Buenas Caves
  • Jagüeyes Country Club
  • Monte La Tiza
  • Maximiliano Merced fire station
  • Juan Nieves Cotto baseball park
  • Holy Spirit parish
  • El Mirador Walkway
  • Luis A. Ferré Plaza


  • Patron Saint Festival in honor of the Virgin of Monserrate – early September
  • Salsa, Bomba and Plena Festival – summer
  • Buruquena Festival – July and August
  • Town and Country Folk Festival – January
  • Guayabo Marathon – August or September

Distinguished Citizens:

  • Luis T. Baliñas – Businessman and inventor. He created a new type of de-pulping machine for coffee.
  • Jacobo Córdoba Chirino – Journalist, writer, researcher and author of Los que murieron en la horca.
  • Víctor Coll y Cuchi – Politician and exponent of Puerto Rican letters.
  • Ramón de las Bárcenas – Politician and educator. At the end of the 18th century, he was in charge of education in the municipality.
  • Víctor M. Fontánez Alicea – Baseball player
  • Jesús “Pichín” Hernández Ortiz – Orator and poet
  • Gustavo Muñoz Díaz – Physician and unionist politician.
  • Rafael Nicolau – Lawyer and autonomist politician.
  • Padre Andrés Pacheco – First priest born in Aguas Buenas.
  • Josefa Pastrana López – Professor
  • Pío Rechani – Pathologist, director of Forensic Medicine, Medical Center, and former mayor.
  • Luis Rechani Agrait – Poet, journalist, playwright and author of Todos los ruiseñores cantan.

Public Schools Sorted by Educational Levels.

Caguas Region / Aguas Buenas District

Name Level Telephone Address
DR. GUSTAVO MUÑOZ DÍAZ PK-6 (787) 732-6261 PO Box 786, P.R. 00703-0786
EZEQUIEL RAMOS LA SANTA K-6 (787) 732-3421 PO Box 1506, P.R. 00703-0000
JAGÜEYES ABAJO K-6 (787) 747-5895 PO Box 407, P.R. 00703-0000
JOSÉ R. GONZÁLEZ K-6 (787) 732-8204 PO Box 1506, P.R. 00703-0000
LUIS SANTAELLA K-6 (787) 732-5001 PO Box 407, P.R. 00703-0000
LUIS T. BALIÑAS K-6 (787) 732-8191 PO Box 68, P.R. 00703-0000
MULITAS ALVELO K-6 (787) 732-4747 PO Box 68, P.R. 00703-0000
RAMÓN LUIS RIVERA (JUAN ASENCIO) K-6 (787) 732-4084 PO Box 68, P.R. 00703-0000
SANTA CLARA K-6 (787) 732-0020 PO Box 575, P.R. 00703-0000
DR. PEDRO ALBIZU CAMPOS 7-9 (787) 732-1040 PO Box 786, P.R. 00703-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ MARÍN 7-9 (787) 732-3521 PO Box 1298, P.R. 00703-0000
Jr. High
SU BAYAMÓNCITO K-9 (787) 732-0440 PO Box 68, P.R. 00703-0000
SU SUMIDERO K-9 (787) 732-4040 PO Box 1137, P.R. 00703-0000
High School
JOSEFA PASTRANA 10-12 (787) 732-3375 PO Box 68, P.R. 00703-0000


Por: By Ramón Cintrón

Aguas claras
Alma limpia del Coquí,
Orgullosos hijos tuyos,
Por haber nacido aquí.
Indio noble que en cueva
nuestro pueblo verde vió.

La Cruz de España en tus venas,
rítmico grito africano
nuestra estirpe delineó.

Tus femeninas montañas,
plenas de café en flor,
cristalinas aguas bañan,
como concierto de amor.

Cabeza de cordillera,
rostro de nuestro país,
el cuatro, triple le cantan,
tierra fértil de abundancia,
de frutos puros de aquí.

Gente clara, gente buena
son tu corazón le aman,
viva Aguas Buenas
¡Aguas Buenas para mí!


How to get to Aguas Buenas from San Juan.

direccion aguas buenas

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