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Guaynabo
Municipality
Guaynabo's Central Business District
Guaynabo's Central Business District
Flag of Guaynabo
Flag
Nickname(s): "Ciudad de los Conquistadores", "Pueblo del Carnaval Mabó", "Primer Poblado de Puerto Rico"
Anthem: "Guaynabo, pueblo querido"
Location of Guaynabo in Puerto Rico
Location of Guaynabo in Puerto Rico
Country United States
Territory Puerto Rico
Founded 1769
Area
 • Total 27.1 sq mi (70.2 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 97,924
 • Density 3,612.8/sq mi (1,394.9/km2)
Demonym(s) Guaynabeño(s)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Zip code 00965, 00966, 00968, 00969, 00971, 00970
Website guaynabocity.gov.pr

Guaynabo (Spanish pronunciation: [ɡwaiˈnaβo]) is a municipality in the northern part of Puerto Rico, located in the northern coast of the island, north of Aguas Buenas; south of Cataño; east of Bayamón; and west of San Juan. Guaynabo is spread over 9 wards and Guaynabo Pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the suburb).

Guaynabo is considered, along with its neighbors – San Juan and the municipalities of Bayamón, Carolina, Cataño, Trujillo Alto and Toa Baja – to be part of the San Juan metropolitan area. It is also part of the larger San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area, (the largest MSA in Puerto Rico).

The municipio has a land area of 27.13 square miles (70.3 km2) and a population of 97,924 as of the 2010 census.

History

The first European settlement in Puerto Rico, Caparra, was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de León in land that is today part of Guaynabo. Ponce de León resided there as first Spanish governor of Puerto Rico. This settlement was abandoned in 1521 in favor of San Juan. The ruins of Caparra remain and are a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Museum of the Conquest and Colonization of Puerto Rico, which features artifacts from the site and others in Puerto Rico, is located on the grounds.

The municipality of Guaynabo was founded in 1769 by Pedro R. Davila (P.R.), after a struggle for division from the municipality of Bayamón. Previously, the municipality was known as "Buinabo", a name that means in Taíno "Aquí hay otro lugar de agua dulce" or "Here is another place of fresh water."

Cityscape

Barrios

Guaynabo is divided into several barrios or districts:

  • Camarones
  • Frailes
  • Guaraguao
  • Hato Nuevo
  • Mamey
  • Pueblo of Guaynabo
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Río
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonadora


Panorama of Central Plaza of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Guaynabo's main town square, Puerto Rico

Tourism

Landmarks and places of interest

San Patricio Guaynabo
San Patricio Guaynabo
  • Centro de Bellas Artes (Guaynabo Performing Arts Center)
  • Caparra Ruins
  • Caribe Recreational Center
  • Iglesia Parroquial de San Pedro Mártir
  • La Marquesa Forest Park
  • Bosque Urbano de San Patricio
  • Mario Morales Coliseum
  • San Patricio Plaza
  • Caparra Country Club
  • Plaza Guaynabo
  • Museum Of Transportation
  • Museo del Deporte
  • Fort Buchanan

Climate

Climate data for Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 93
(33.9)
93
(33.9)
94
(34.4)
96
(35.6)
99
(37.2)
103
(39.4)
101
(38.3)
99
(37.2)
104
(40)
102
(38.9)
98
(36.7)
92
(33.3)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 77
(25)
78
(25.6)
84
(28.9)
88
(31.1)
89
(31.7)
90
(32.2)
91
(32.8)
92
(33.3)
92
(33.3)
90
(32.2)
82
(27.8)
79
(26.1)
86
(30)
Average low °F (°C) 65
(18.3)
64
(17.8)
67
(19.4)
70
(21.1)
72
(22.2)
75
(23.9)
76
(24.4)
76
(24.4)
75
(23.9)
73
(22.8)
71
(21.7)
67
(19.4)
70.9
(21.62)
Record low °F (°C) 53
(11.7)
52
(11.1)
56
(13.3)
62
(16.7)
66
(18.9)
67
(19.4)
69
(20.6)
69
(20.6)
64
(17.8)
66
(18.9)
61
(16.1)
59
(15)
52
(11.1)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.89
(48)
1.51
(38.4)
1.52
(38.6)
2.39
(60.7)
9.36
(237.7)
4.35
(110.5)
2.42
(61.5)
5.50
(139.7)
8.34
(211.8)
5.57
(141.5)
5.28
(134.1)
3.74
(95)
51.87
(1,317.5)
Source: weather.com

Culture

Festivals and events

  • Three Reyes Festival - January
  • Mabó Carnival - March
  • Mothers Tribute - May
  • Patron Festivities - May
  • Salsa National Day - June
  • Bellas Artes Camp - June
  • Bomba & Plena Festival - October
  • Christmas Lighting - November
  • Christmas Balls Giveaway - December

Sports

Guaynabo's old BSN team, the Guaynabo Mets, won national championships in 1980, 1982 and 1989, commanded by the player whom the Mario Morales Coliseum was named after, Mario "Quijote" Morales. The Conquistadores de Guaynabo, or Guaynabo Conquistadores, are the Guaynabo Mets replacement and still play in the Mario Morales Coliseum. The Mets de Guaynabo are the local women's volleyball team that play in the LVSF, or The Liga de Voliebol Superior Femenino. They have not won any championships yet. They also play in the Mario Morales Coliseum. Guaynabo Fluminense FC is Guaynabo's professional soccer team that plays in the Puerto Rico Soccer League. The league started in 2008 and Guaynabo's current position in the league is 4th place. Guaynabo Fluminense FC play their matches at the Jose Bonano Stadium that was originally made for baseball, but became a soccer arena after the Puerto Rico Baseball League was cancelled for the 2008 season. It was at the same year that the Puerto Rico Soccer League was starting to take place. In the 2009 season, Guaynabo Fluminense FC moved to the Sixto Escobar Stadium.

  • Mets de Guaynabo (Women's Volleyball) LVSF
  • Guaynabo Conquistadores (Basketball) Baloncesto Superior Nacional
  • Guaynabo Fluminense FC (Soccer) Puerto Rico Soccer League

International relations

Guaynabo serves as a host city to four foreign consulates with business in Puerto Rico:

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