Yabucoa, Puerto Rico

Yabucoa, Puerto Rico City of Sugar Yabucoa (yah-boo-KO-ah) is known as the “City of Sugar,” “Town of the Yuca,” and its residents, Yabucoeños, are nicknamed “milky drinkers”. The name Yabucoa comes from the Taino chief Guaroca, which means “place or site with water”, according to some scholars. Others say the name refers to “place of cassava”. Yabucoa is located in the southeast of Puerto Rico. It is bordered on the north by San Lorenzo,...

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico Baby Island Vieques (vee-AI-kais), baptized the “Baby Island”, or “Little Girl Island”, by poet Luis Llorens Torres, is located 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of Puerto Rico. The patron saint festival is held in July in honor of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of Vieques. Vieques is currently in the process of reorienting its economy due to the transfer of lands formerly occupied by the United States Navy to...

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Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico Laid Back Town Trujillo Alto (troo-HEE-yo AHL-to) is known as the “City of Springs,” the “Town of Eight Streets,” the “City in the Country” and the “Town of Learners”. The municipality of Trujillo Alto is located in the northern part of Puerto Rico. It is bordered by San Juan on the north and west, by Caguas and Gurabo on the south and by Carolina on the east. It is part...

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San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico The Town of the Samaritans San Lorenzo (san lo-REN-zo) is known as the “Town of Samaritans” and the “Samaritan City”. The patron saints of the town are Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes and San Lorenzo, for whom the town is named. San Lorenzo is located in the eastern part of Puerto Rico. It is bordered on the north by the municipality of Gurabo, on the east by Juncos and Las...

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Río Grande, Puerto Rico

Río Grande, Puerto Rico El Yunque City Río Grande (REE-o GRAHN-de) is known as the “City of El Yunque”. The mountainous zone is part of the Caribbean National Forest, which is part of the Luquillo mountain range. The majority of this forest is located within the municipality of Río Grande. The municipality’s patron saint is the Virgen de Nuestra Señora del Carmen. Río Grande is bordered on the north by the Atlantic Ocean, on...

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Patillas, Puerto Rico

Patillas, Puerto Rico Emerald of the South Patillas (pah-TEE-yahs) is known as “The Emerald of the South” and “the Melons”. The patron saint is Holy Christ the Healer and the saint’s festival is held in August. Attractions of the town include beaches, forests, and Patillas Lake. The coastal waters and the lake are used by many for recreational fishing. Patillas is located on the southeast coast of the island. It is bordered on the...

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Naguabo, Puerto Rico

Naguabo, Puerto Rico Birthplace of Great Artists Naguabo (nah-GWAH-bo) is known as the “Birthplace of Great Artists”, “land crab town”, “the town of the land crab eaters”, and “the quiet town”. The patron saint`s festival is held in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary around October 7 of each year. Homage is also given to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of fishermen, on July 17, on the coasts of Naguabo. Naguabo...

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Maunabo, Puerto Rico

Maunabo, Puerto Rico The Calm City Maunabo (mou-NAH-bo) is known as the “land crab town”, “the town of the land crab eaters”, and “the calm city”. The patron saint is Saint Isidore the Farmer, whose festival is celebrated on May 15. Maunabo is located on the southeast coast, southeast corner of Puerto Rico. It is bordered on the north and northeast by Yabucoa, on the southeast by Patillas, and on the east south east...

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Luquillo, Puerto Rico

Luquillo, Puerto Rico Sun Capital Luquillo (loo-KEE-yo) is known as the “City of Eternal Summer,” the “Sunshine Capital” and the “Puerto Rico Riviera.” The nicknames for residents are “the tourists” and “the coconut eaters.” The main economic activities are manufacturing, tourism, livestock and agriculture. Factories producing articles of clothing, electrical equipment, industrial machinery, and metal and leather products do business in Luquillo. The construction industry has also developed notably in this coastal municipality. Foundation:...

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Loíza, Puerto Rico

Loíza, Puerto Rico Capital of Tradition Loíza (loo-EE-zah) is known as the “The Capital of Tradition,” “The santeros” and “The coconut producers.” It’s located on the northeast coast of Puerto Rico and the patron saint is Saint Patrick, but the festivities in honor of the patron saint are dedicated to Saint James the Apostle. The festival is one of its principal attractions, especially because of the colorfully dressed vejigantes. Loíza is one of the...

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Las Piedras, Puerto Rico

Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Artesian City Las Piedras (lahs pee-AI-drahs) is known as the “City of Artisan” and its residents are called pedreños or pedrenses. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint. Las Piedras is the site of the origin of the Humacao River. It is bordered on the north by the municipality of Río Grande, on the east by Naguabo and Humacao, on the west by Juncos and San Lorenzo,...

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Juncos, Puerto Rico

Juncos, Puerto Rico Valenciano City Juncos (HOON-kos) is known as the “Valencian City” and its residents are known as the “Valencian Mules.” The patron saint is the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Today, manufacturing is the main economic activity in the municipality. Juncos has factories producing clothing, scientific instrumentation, electrical equipment and other products. During the 1970s, Juncos was an important producer of milk. Earlier, cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco were the most...

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Humacao, Puerto Rico

Humacao, Puerto Rico Pearl of The Oriente Humacao (oo-mah-KOU) is known as “the Pearl of the East,” “the gray city,” and “the bone-gnawers”. The patron saint is Our Lady of Immaculate Conception and the Catholic church is dedicated to the Sweet Name of Jesus. Humacao is located on the east coast of Puerto Rico and is part of the eastern coastal valleys. It is bordered by the municipalities of Naguabo on the north, Yabucoa...

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Gurabo, Puerto Rico

Gurabo, Puerto Rico Town of Stairways Gurabo (goo-RAH-bo) is known as the “town of the staircases”, because of the extensive and colorful stairways located in the town. The nickname for residents is “gurabeños”. The municipality of Gurabo is located in the east-central part of Puerto Rico. It is bordered by Trujillo Alto on the north, San Lorenzo on the south, Carolina and Juncos on the east and Caguas on the west. It is part...

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Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Fajardo, Puerto Rico The Hard Faces Fajardo (fah-HAHR-do) is known as the “Town of the Tough Faces,” because of how the residents fought off enemies during Spanish colonial times. Due to its location, it is also known as “The City of the Rising Sun” since it is the town on the main island of Puerto Rico where the sun first rises. The municipality of Fajardo is located on the east coast of the island....

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Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra, Puerto Rico Little Island Culebra (koo-LAI-brah) is an island municipality located to the east of Puerto Rico and separated from the main island by the Vieques Passage. It was earlier known as San Ildefonso and as “the Passage Island.” The island is referred to as “where the sun rises on Puerto Rico”, “the little island”, “the last of the Virgins,” and “the island town”. The patron is Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whose...

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Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Ceiba, Puerto Rico Soup Eaters Ceiba (sai-EE-bah) and its residents are known as “soup eaters” and the “Marlins” and the town is known as the “Marlin City.” The patron saint is San Antonio de Padua. Ceiba is bordered on the north by the municipality of Fajardo, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea and on the west by the municipality of Naguabo. Topographically, Ceiba is part of...

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Carolina, Puerto Rico

Carolina, Puerto Rico Land of Giants Carolina (kah-ro-LEE-nah) is known as the “Land of Giants” and the town of the “arm choppers.” The “Land of Giants” comes from a carolinense named Felipe Birriel Fernández, who was called “the Carolina Giant,” because he was seven feet and eleven inches tall. The latter phrase comes from an old custom of solving disputes in a machete duel. Carolina is the fourth largest city on the island. The...

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Canóvanas, Puerto Rico

Canóvanas, Puerto Rico Valiant Town Canóvanas (kah-NO-vah-nahs) is known as the “brave town” an allusion to the feat of the cacique Yuira who lost her own life defending Spaniards against the tainos. It is also known as the “race town” where Camarero horse-racing track, Puerto Rico’s only racetrack, is located, and “the town of the Chupacabras”. The patron of the municipality is Our Lady of the Pillar. Canóvanas is located on the northeast area...

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