Arroyo, Puerto Rico

Arroyo, Puerto Rico

The Pleasing Town

arroyo lighthouseFoundation: According to documents of the Departamento de Obras Públicas de Puerto Rico it was in 1855 when the jurisdictional limits between Guayama and Arroyo (ah-RO-yo) were established. However, the newspaper Gaceta de Puerto Rico published in 1868 says that Arroyo was founded in 1852.

In 1859 the City Council adopted an agreement to open streets; then a year later the construction of the plaza and a culvert in the Marina Street of the town. Two decades after the foundation of the town, Arroyo had 5,575 inhabitants. At the time the following rural districts formed the municipality: Barrio Pueblo (east and west), Pitahaya, Yaurel, Ancones, Cuatro Calles, Palmas and Guásimas.

In 1898 the rural district Cuatro Calles became part of the urban zone. The rural zone consisted of the districts of Ancones, Palmas, Guásimas, Yaurel and Pitahaya.

In March, 1902 the Legislative Assembly of Puerto Rico approved the “Law for Consolidation of Certain Municipal Terms of Puerto Rico“. The law stipulated “that on the first day of July, 1902 the municipality of Arroyo (among others) would be suppressed as a municipality and its City Council, Mayor and the municipal employees and all the territory of the municipality would be annexed to the Municipality of Guayama“. It was not until March, 1905 that the Legislature of Puerto Rico approved a law that revoked the law approved in July of 1902 and the Municipality Arroyo was reorganized and constituted again as an independent municipality with the same territorial organization it had before being annexed to Guayama.

In 1910 the urban zone of Arroyo, until that moment constituted by the district Cuatro Calles, was subdivided in the urban districts Pueblo Este, Pueblo Oeste and Cuatro Calles. This was the last change that the territorial organization of the Municipality of Arroyo underwent. At the moment Arroyo is composed of the urban zone subdivided by Cuatro Calles, Pueblo Este and Pueblo Oeste, and the rural districts Ancones, Palmas, Guásimas, Yaurel and Pitahaya.

001_mapa_arroyoLocation: Arroyo is bordered by: Patillas to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the south, Guayama to the west, and Patillas to the east.

Area: 37.7 sq km / 14.5 sq mi
Population: 19,117 (census 2000)
Population Density: 507.0 per sq km / 1,318.4 per sq mi
People are known as: Arroyanos
Arroyo is also known as:
El Pueblo Grato
Los Bucaneros

Wards: Arroyo, Puerto Rico
barrios arroyo
Censo 2000:
Population by Wards – Arroyo
Ancones 3,870
Arroyo Pueblo 1,503
Guásimas 3,747
Palmas 4,090
Pitahaya 3,981
Yaurel 1,926
Total 19,117

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

Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Nuestra Señora del Carmen Parish
Apartado 388 Arroyo, P.R. 00714
(787) 839-3465
Mass Schedule:
Daily: 7:00pm, Thursdays & every first Friday 6:30pm
Saturday: 7:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am & 11:00am

arroyo iglesias

Topography: The topography corresponds to the sub region of the Ponce-Patillas Alluvial Plains, a region known as the Southern Coastal Valley. It is a very dry area, although the alluvial plains are productive because of artificial irrigation.
Hydrography: The Nigua also known as the Laurel river, crosses the municipality north to south. The hydrographic system is completed by the Corazón, Antigua, Jácana, Yaurel better known as Zanjón gorges, and others of less importance. The old Virella Colony has a mineral water spring. This municipality also counts with thermal waters, but have not been exploited.
Economy: Manufacture of furniture, electronics, and pharmaceutical products. Sugarcane and other agricultural products are cultivated.
Salario promedio: $215.96 semanal (1998)

arroyo banderaFlag: It has two horizontal bands of equal size. The orange and black colors keep alive a past filled with adventure and accomplishment. The Coat of Arms is placed in the center of the flag.
arroyo escudoCoat Of Arms: he municipal authorities officially approved this shield on the 31st of March, 1970. Cut into the upper blue field a church, a rosary to the right and a flower to the left. At the base, a tower between two silver telegraph poles on green hills. At the bottom waving stripes of blue and silver, and below these, a fish.

Above the shield, lies a crown of three towers filled in with purple. Below there’s a banner with the motto, Arroyo Pueblo Grato (Arroyo Pleasing Town).

Public Schools Sorted by Educational Levels.
Updated: 08/07/2003
Humacao Region
Arroyo District

Name Grade Telephone Address
BEATRIZ RODRÍGUEZ K-6 (787) 839-3133 Po Box 267, P.R. 00714-0267
CAYETANO SÁNCHEZ K-6 (787) 839-3745 PO Box 898, P.R. 00714-0000
DOLORES GONZÁLEZ K-6 (787) 839-5177 PO Box 357, P.R. 00714-0000
ENRIQUE HUYKE PK-6 (787) 839-4295 PO Box 297, P.R. 00714-0000
JOSÉ M MASSARI K-6 (787) 839-3140 PO Box 240, P.R. 00714-0000
ESC. NUEVA BO. ANCONES K-6 (787) 271-2973 PO Box 164, P.R. 00714-0164
JOSÉ DE CHOUDENS 7-9 (787) 839-5390 PO Box 360, P.R. 00714-0000
SU JOSÉ HORACIO CORA 7-9 (787) 839-4030 PO Box 847, P.R. 00714-0000
SU EDMUNDO DEL VALLE K-9 (787) 839-6086 PO Box 330, P.R. 00714-0000
High School
CARMEN BOZELLO DE HUYKE 10-12 (787) 839-2655 PO Box 267, P.R. 00794-0000


Arroyo, Arroyo pueblo grato sol de Dios,
sale entre tus palmeras tus riberas
dan al Mar Caribe soy de Arroyo,
cuna que me vio nacer.

Riachuelo que surgió de las aguas del Río Yaurel
que fuera incitador de tu noble fundación.
Pitahaya cual región nuestro Indio comenzó
a explotar y a cultivar nuestras tierras antes de Colón.

Grandes fueron y son nuestras personas
Samuel Morse e Isabelino Cora,
Max Sánchez, Don Jesús María,
Don Cristóbal Sánchez y Don José de Choudens.

Y en nuestra educación
Cayetano Sánchez, Javier Amy,
Juan B. Huyke, Mrs. Gallart,
Mrs. Quiñones y Carmen Bozello.

Nuestra historia transcurrió no
podemos olvidar la central de
Lafayette, la Sierrita y a Nicasio Ledee.

Arroyo, Arroyo pueblo grato sol de Dios,
sale entre tus palmeras tus riberas dan al mar caribe.
Soy de Arroyo cuna que me vio nacer,
soy de Arroyo cuna que me vio nacer.


Carnival – February
Negra Fiesta – March
Cross Rosaries – May
Matron Festivities – July
Fish Festival – November
Chistmas Festival – December

Places To Visit:
La Cora Hacienda
Old Tower
Wind Mill
Enrique Huyke Monument
Samuel Morse Monument
Las Palmas Beach
Punta Guilarte Beach
Punta de Las Figuras Lighthouse Ruins

Distinguished Citizens:
Juan B. Huyke – Educator, journalist, lawyer, politician and writer
Enrique Huyke
José Manautou Fantauzzi
Galio Ortíz
José Ramón Quiñones
Marcelina Cintrón


How to get to Arroyo from San Juan.

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