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Municipio Autónomo de Manatí
Town Hall in Manatí
Town Hall in Manatí
Flag of Manatí
Coat of arms of Manatí
Coat of arms
"Ciudad Metropolitana", "La Atenas de Puerto Rico"
Anthem: "Atenas de Borinquen"
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Manatí Municipality
Map of Puerto Rico highlighting Manatí Municipality
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Founded 1738
 • Total 56.19 sq mi (145.53 km2)
 • Land 50 sq mi (120 km2)
 • Water 9.86 sq mi (25.53 km2)
 • Total 39,492
 • Density 702.84/sq mi (271.367/km2)
Demonym(s) Manatieños
Time zone UTC−4 (AST)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 787/939
Major routes PR secondary 2.svg PR secondary 149.svg Ellipse sign 670.svg
Toll plate yellow.svg
PR primary 22.svg

Manatí is a city and municipality of Puerto Rico on the northern coast, north of Morovis and Ciales; east of Florida and Barceloneta; and west of Vega Baja. Manatí is spread over 8 barrios and Manatí barrio-pueblo (the downtown area and the administrative center of the city). It is part of the San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Manatí was founded in 1738 by Don Pedro Menendez Valdes. The Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria church was built in the seventeenth century and is still standing in its original spot. Manati is known as La Ciudad Metropolitana (The Metropolitan City), and also as La Atenas de Puerto Rico, (The Athens of Puerto Rico). It is named after a sea mammal, the manatee (which are also known as sea cows).

During those early years, the Mayor of the town was Jose Aulet. Juan Ponce de León picked the Manatí leg of the Manuatabón River as the first area to pan for gold. The Aulet family owned lands rich in pineapples, sugar cane, and green bananas. The Aulets sold the land to the government in 1985.

In 1853 the region shifted from mining to an expansion of agriculture, particularly cultivation and processing of sugar cane. The demand for and price of sugar remained high in international markets. The main commodity crop was sugar cane. Carpentry also became popular. During that year, the town consisted of 280 homes, 2 squares, 8 streets and a school with 50 pupils.



  • Bajura Adentro
  • Bajura Afuera
  • El Alto
  • Coto Norte
  • Coto Sur
  • Los Rabanos
  • Manatí Pueblo
  • Río Arriba Poniente
  • Río Arriba Saliente
  • Tierras Nuevas Poniente
  • Tierras Nuevas Saliente


In 2012 Manati welcomed its first hotel, the Hyatt Place Hotel and Casino, that is scheduled to open in January 2014. The hotel broke ground in summer 2012. The hotel opened with 104 rooms, on March 5, 2014, alongside Casino Atlántico and a LongHorn Steakhouse ( Opened April 2014). Also the hotel counts with an outdoor swimming pool, 3 meeting rooms and a fitness center. The official name was Hyatt Place Manati & Casino <Hyatt Press>

Manati, is very popular for its beaches. Manati is part of the tourism district of Porta Altantico.<Puerto Rico Does it better campaign>

Landmarks and places of interest

Playa Mar Chiquita
Near Mar Chiquita Beach
  • The Acropolis Sports Complex
  • Biblioteca Nacional Francisco Álvarez
  • El Salón del Poeta
  • Historic Zone
  • Los Tubos Beach
  • La Esperanza Beach
  • Mar Chiquita Beach
  • Marqués de la Esperanza Hacienda Ruins
  • Ruinas de la Oficina de la Central Monserrate
  • The New Manati Arena
  • Manati Baseball Stadium


Festivals and events

  • Patron Fetivities - February: "La Virgen De La Candelaria"
  • Cross Festivities - May
  • Beach Festival - July
  • Manatee Festival - July
  • Halloween Festival - October
  • Christmas Festival - December

Radio stations

  • WMNT (AM) - Radio Atenas 1500 AM
  • WNRT FM - Triunfo 96.9 FM



Isidoro Colón established the "Candelaria" sugar mill in the years between 1860 and 1870, located between Manatí and Barceloneta. Manatí is the pineapple center of Puerto Rico. In addition in Manatí, there is cultivation of fruits, sugar cane, and coffee. Los Frutos del Guacabo is a farming company in Manatí that provides local fruit and vegetables to local chefs.


The industry of Manatí is shoes, woodwork, and a pineapple cannery as well as pharmaceuticals:

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Warner Chilcott
  • DuPont
  • Patheon
  • Actavis (inside W.C)
  • Janssen Ortho LLC


  • Burlington store


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 13,989
1910 17,240 23.2%
1920 20,100 16.6%
1930 24,838 23.6%
1940 29,366 18.2%
1950 30,449 3.7%
1960 29,354 −3.6%
1970 30,559 4.1%
1980 36,562 19.6%
1990 38,692 5.8%
2000 45,409 17.4%
2010 44,113 −2.9%
2020 39,492 −10.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1899 (shown as 1900) 1910-1930
1930-1950 1960-2000 2010 2020


Manati has 3 high schools: Petra Corretjer de O'neill High School, Fernando Callejo High School, and the Escuela Instituto Tecnologico Recinto De Manati, the latter also serving as a technical institute.

Private Schools:

  • Colegio Marista "El Salvador" Manati
  • Colegio De La Inmaculada
  • Piaget Bilingual Academy
  • Academia Discipulos de Cristo
  • Colegio Hispano Americano
  • La Reine Christian Bilingual School

Manati's only university is the American University of Puerto Rico, Manati Campus. There are several technical institutes, such as Instituto de Banca y Comercio, Atenas' College, EDC college and Dewey University.


There are 15 bridges in Manatí.

Notable natives and residents

Notable people from Manatí include:

  • Cecilia Callejo, dancer and actress
  • José Miguel Class, singer
  • Noel Cuevas, professional baseball player
  • Manuel Ramos Otero, poet and LGBT activist
  • Carlos Santana Becerra, judge
  • Yara Sofia, drag queen
  • Antonio Vélez Alvarado, father of the Puerto Rican flag
  • Carlos Beltrán, Professional Baseball Outfielder
  • Iván Rodríguez, Professional Baseball Player

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