Mayagüez: Mayagüez | Discover Puerto Rico

Mayagüez | Discover Puerto Rico

The historic Teatro Yagüez in Mayagüez is an excellent venue to see a show. 

“The Sultaness of the West” is the unofficial capital of Puerto Rico’s west coast.

Considered the “capital” of the west coast, Mayagüez is the third largest city in Puerto Rico and is known as La Sultana del Oeste (“The Sultaness of the West,”) Ciudad de las Aguas Puras (“City of Pure Waters”), and Ciudad del Mangó (“City of the Mango”).

Located in the geographical center of Puerto Rico’s west coast, Mayagüez lies between Aguada and Rincón to the north, Cabo Rojo and Hormigueros to the south, and Las Marías and Maricao to the east. The local terrain is quite diverse and includes coastal plains, marshlands, hills, and mountains, as well as two river valleys carved by the Río Yagüez and the Río Guanajibo.

Driving here from SJU airport takes about 2.5 hours and about 1 hour from Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla.

Mayagüez’s iconic Plaza de Colon and the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Cathedral.

Things to Do

One of Puerto Rico’s most elegant plazas is the tree-lined Plaza de Colón, an active hub where many cultural events take place. During Christmas, you’ll find lights and festivities, including live music, food, crafts, and activities that take place regularly during the weeks leading up to the holiday. When visiting during other times of the year, check out the fountain commemorating Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón, in Spanish), as well as the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Cathedral.

Another beloved Mayagüez landmark is Teatro Yagüez (Yagüez Theatre). Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this beautifully restored theatre is an active performing arts center.

For a day of incredible shopping visit the Mayagüez Mall, the third-largest shopping center in Puerto Rico with one million square feet of retail space. Many of the stores are similar to ones you’d find elsewhere in the states — such as Old Navy, Marshalls, and JC Penney — as well as a variety of dining options.

Isla de Mona is a fantastic scuba diving destination in Puerto Rico.

Spectacular Scuba Diving

Mayagüez is also an excellent launching point to experience some of Puerto Rico’s best scuba diving locations, one of which is Isla de Mona, an uninhabited, 13,500-acre island about 45 miles off the coast (about a 6-hour boat ride). Here you’ll experience clear, blue waters, brightly colored coral reefs, abundant sea life, and visibility of up to 150 ft. This trip is recommended for experienced divers, and trips of two to three days are recommended. Permits are required to camp on the island and can be obtained through the Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DNRA) at 787-999-2200 or by visiting their offices in Mayagüez.

Learn more about exploring Isla de Mona

Imagine a trip to an uninhabited island where you can unplug from everyday life and connect to nature and yourself. On Mona Island, a small unoccupied nature reserve off the west coast of Puerto Rico, you can clear your mind with the rhythmic sounds of the gentle waves and breathe in the freshest air. Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Caribbean, this breathtaking island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and soaring limestone cliffs.

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico


Mayagüez is known as «La Sultana del Oeste» (the sultana of the
West). Founded in 1760 by Faustino Martínez de Matos, Juan de Silva and
Juan de Aponte.

Originally named «Our Lady of the Candelaria of Mayagüez»,
but dwindling tradition from the Indian name of its river, the
Yagüez River (the word means «clear waters»)
the city was eventually named just Mayagüez.
Mayagüez (pronounced Mah-yah-goo-ehz or Mah-yah-GWEHZ)
is a variation on this name, which means «Land of the Clear Waters».

Today, Mayagüez is the fifth-largest city and is considered one of the
most important cities in the island. The city itself is centered around the
impressive Spanish-style Plaza Colon, a tribute to Christopher Columbus,
whose stature stands in the middle of the square, surrounded by 16 bronze

University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

In addition, Mayagüez has become a major college town because with the
establishment of the UPRM, the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Law School and the
Pontiff Catholic University of Puerto Rico.

Among Mayagüez’s main attractions you will find the Yagüez Theater
and Mayagüez Post Office, which are considered historic landmark buildings,
both located on McKinley Street.

Mayagüez is home of the only Zoo in the island, Juan A. Rivero Zoo
(commonly known as Mayagüez Zoo), home of numerous birds, mammals and
reptiles (including Bengal tigers, and Andean condors among others). Cages and
open compounds stand in an attractively landscaped setting of small islands, a
lake, tropical vegetation and children’s playground. Open Wed-Sun
from 8:30am to 4:00pm. (787) 834-8110.

Sunset in Mayaguez
Jeannette Altiery

The Tropical Agricultural Research Station located at University of
Puerto Rico host many species of exotic plants and trees such as the
traveler’s tree, shower of orchids, ceylon cinnamon and pink torch ginger.
Self-guided tours are available. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am to 4:00pm. (787) 831-3435.

Notable People

There are many well-known «mayagüezanos», among them:

  • educator, writer and political leader Eugenio María de Hostos
  • singer (Armando Hipólito) Chucho Avellanet
  • Juan Mari Bras
  • journalist Carmen Jovet
  • news announcer Luz Nereida Velez
  • former governor Roberto Sánchez Vilella
  • former Mayagüez Mayor, Benjamin Cole, whom served for 24 years in a row as mayor of the city

Things to See and Do In Mayaguez

Want to know what to see and do in Mayaguez?
Discover few ideas for exploring and enjoying the city.

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Festivals and Events

  • Fiestas Patronales Virgen de la Candelaria — February
    Every year, Mayaguez celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
    (787) 834-2470
  • Five Days With Our Land Fair — March
    Mayagüez celebrates an annual agro-industrial fair featuring agricultural product exhibits.
    (787) 832-4040


Demographics *


Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 77.65 sq mi

Density: 926.2 per sq mi

Median Age: 42.6

Sex: 52% female

Economics **

Per capita income

Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $14,761
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 53.4%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density:
551. 5 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.45

High school grad or higher: 72%

Marital status: 33% married

* U.S. Census Bureau 2020 data, unless otherwise noted — Source: Quick Facts Puerto Rico.

** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 18.2011° N, 67.1397° W

Zip Code: 00680, 00681, 00682

Driving Distance from San Juan: 103.3 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 21 minutes

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the seventh largest city in Puerto Rico in the administrative region of Mayaguez.
The urban population is more than 78 thousand people.

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Rainfall mm. 260 217 126 54 39 47 64 121 179 176 226 231 1740
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Mayagüez — Closest airports

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Name Region Country Size
Mayaguez LMSHeliportSeabaseClosed
4 km Eugenio Maria De Hostos Airport Mayaguez M
20 km Rafael Hernandez Airport Aguadilla M
35 km Antonio Nery Juarbe Pol Airport Arecibo M
40 km Mercedita Airport 118 km Casa De Campo International Airport La Romana M
142 km Cyril E. King Airport Charlotte Amalie, Harry S. Truman Airport M

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Temple of Porta Coeli (Temple of Porta Coeli)

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Porta Coeli is the oldest Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere. It was built on the hill of San Juan in 1609year, where the historical part of the city is now located, as a monastery, thanks to the assistance of the Dominican Order. The name of the temple literally translates as «Gate of Paradise».

The Porta Coeli temple is located in the northern part of the city of San Germán, in southwestern Puerto Rico. The temple itself was built in the Gothic style on the site of a monastery in the 18th century, from which only stones remained. Today …

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, built in the city of Hormigueros, is dedicated to the Black Virgin of Montserrat. The idea of ​​​​creating a basilica belongs to Don Gerardo Gonzalez, a wealthy landowner who built the first building on this site in 1590 year.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located in the city of Hormigueros, in the western part of Puerto Rico. The building that can be seen today in the city was built in 1775 and opened in 1776. Externally, the church combines the architectural style of the …

Mayaguez Zoo

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The zoo in the city of Mayagüez, the only one in Puerto Rico, which houses 75 species of animals from South America, the Caribbean, Africa. Here you can see lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, snakes, rhinos, giraffes, monkeys and exotic birds.

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