Guayama: Guayama | Discover Puerto Rico

Guayama | Discover Puerto Rico

An aerial view of the coastline of Guayama.

Guayama offers a microcosm of all of the great reasons to explore Puerto Rico, including natural beauty, history, and culture.

Nearby, outdoor enthusiasts will find the Aguirre and Carite forests, the Jájome and Cayey mountain ranges, and an estuarine research reserve — so there is a multitude of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, birding, and golf.

Guayama also has a strong cultural foundation with museums and gorgeous architecture throughout the town. Visit the main square to see the old city hall building and the church, Iglesia Católica San Antonio de Padua, built to resemble Notre Dame in Paris. Among the many historic buildings, there are also several theaters, like the art deco Teatro Guayama and the Antiguo Teatro Campoamor, a 1920s movie theater.

And before you leave, make sure to try their famous pastelillos!

View of ruins with street art in Guayama.

Museums

Within the town center of Guayama, there are several museums dedicated to different aspects of the town’s history. The Casa Museo Historia y Arte de Guayama is a museum dedicated to the men and women of Guayama who contributed to Puerto Rican culture and history. For architecture buffs, Casa Cautiño is a must-visit. The house is a u-shaped Neoclassical structure designed by local architect Manuel Texidor. During the Spanish-American War, the American army used the house as its headquarters. Casa y Museo del Poeta Luis Palés Matos is a cultural center located in the former residence of Luis Palés Matos, the poet who invented the Afro-Antillian genre of poetry. 

Aguirre State Forest

Located near the coast, the Aguirre State Forest is a mangrove forest with walking paths along the marshes and lagoons. Hiking, camping, birdwatching, and fishing are some of the activities you can do while visiting the reserve, and there is also a ramp and a dock available if you have a boat. Manatees, 184 species of birds, and three different kinds of bats can be spotted in the forest.

Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

Spread between Guayama and Salinas, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is the second-largest estuary in Puerto Rico. Wetlands, upland dry forest, mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and lagoons are all contained within its 3,000 acres. Many endangered species call this area home including brown pelicans, hawksbill turtles, and the West Indian manatee. Volunteering opportunities are available for those interested in contributing to the reserve.

View of El Legado Golf Course in Guayama.

Carite Lake

Carite Lake is a manmade lake that serves as a reservoir for irrigation purposes. It’s a good spot for fishing and there are several Airbnb properties available in the vicinity, including a treehouse in a small tropical farm right by the lake.

El Legado Golf Resort

For golfers looking to enjoy themselves, El Legado offers a par 72, with 18 holes and 7,200 yards, where strong winds can add to the challenge. There is also a driving range, pro shop, bar, and restaurant. The resort was designed by local golf legend Chi Chi Rodríguez and features views of the Island’s central mountain range and the Caribbean Sea.

La Casa de los Pastelillos

Pastelillos, also known as empanadillas, are giant deep-fried empanadas, or turnovers, stuffed with meat, chicken, seafood, fish, vegetables, or cheese. La Casa de los Pastelillos is famous for offering the widest variety and some of the biggest pastelillos in Puerto Rico (they serve other types of local fritters, too, if you want to sample a variety). It’s a very popular place, especially on weekends, so grab a drink and settle on the deck to enjoy the view of the beach while your order comes out.

Guayama, Puerto Rico

(gwah-YAH-mah)

Guayama is known as «La Ciudad Bruja» (witch city) or
«Pueblo de los Brujos» (city of witches).
Guayama was founded in 1736 by Matías de Abadía.

The Casa Cautiño is a beautiful home designed in
creole-style architecture, built in 1887, now is a museum and cultural
centre. Open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from
10am to 5:30pm; (787) 864-9083.

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in
1987. The reserve is located between the coasts of
Salinas and Guayama, approximately 2,883 acres of
mangrove forest and freshwater wetlands. The two main components: Mar Negro
mangrove forest, which consists of a mangrove forest and a complex system of
lagoons and channels interspersed with salt and mud flats; and Cayos Caribe
Islets, which are surrounded by coral reefs and seagrass beds, with small beach
deposits and upland areas. Guided
tours are offered upon request and reservation.
Open Daily 8:00am-4:00pm, (787) 864-0105.

The Carite Forest Reserve is a 6,000-acre nature reserve with a dwarf forest that was produced by the
region’s high humidity and moist soil. It is inhabited by over 50 species of birds, making this spot a
recognized area for birding. The highest point is Cerro La Santa, at 3,000 feet. From several peaks there
are panoramic views of Ponce and the Caribbean Sea. There is a picnic area and 10 campgrounds (permit is
necessary for camping). Located at Rt. 184, (787) 722-1726.

Nearby you will also find the Aguirre Forest Reserve, full of mangroves, tidal flats,
bird rookeries and a large manatee population. Facilities include Kayaks routes identified
with buoys, docks for the disembarking of kayaks and for recreational fishing, floating Pier,
campsite, parking, showers, picnic and barbecue areas, drinking water, compost bathrooms,
sitting area, and labeled trails for walking. Open Monday to Sunday; 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Located off route 3, east of Salinas, (787) 999-2200.

Geography

Guayama territory is located on the Southern Coastal Valley region,
bordering the Caribbean Sea,
south of Cayey; east of Salinas; and west of Patillas and Arroyo.

Guayama is made up of 10 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Algarrobo
  • Caimital
  • Carite
  • Carmen
  • Guamaní
  • Jobos
  • Machete
  • Palmas
  • Pozo Hondo
  • Pueblo

Rivers
There are several rivers that run through Guayama. These rivers include Rio La Plata, Rio Guamani, and Rio Seco.

Climate

The annual precipitation is approximately 52 inches and the
average temperature is 81°F.

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Economy

The surrounding areas produces sugar, tobacco, coffee, and livestock.
Guayama has been noted for its developments in irrigation, which have
increased agricultural production, as well as in electrification.

Notable People

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

  • Luis Palés Matos, poet
  • Vicente Pales Anes, writer and Luis Palés Matos father
  • Joaquin Lopez Lopez
  • Leopoldo Santiago Lavandero
  • Eluterio Derkes, poet, playwright, journalist and essayist
  • Enrique Lefebre
  • Francisco Porrata Doria, architect and Guayama Mayor (1933-1938)
  • Jacinto Texidor
  • Fran Cervoni
  • Franciscp Antonio Ortiz
  • Andres Jose de Rivera

Symbols

Flag

Coat of Arms

Anthem

Guayama’s anthem was written by Elias Lopes Garcia. The title is Guayama.

Restaurants

  • La Hamaca Restaurant (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-4891
  • La Terraza Fried Chicken (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0348
  • Melos BBQ (American), (787) 829-4780
  • Restaurante Las Cabañas (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-3131
  • Restaurante Star Light (Puerto Rican), (787) 829-0438
  • Restaurante Vida Ventura (International), (787) 829-9096
  • Sushill’s Fried Chicken (Chinese), (787) 829-1952

Accommodations

  • La Posada El Coqui (Guest House),
    (787) 735-3150
  • Casa Aurora (Rental),
    (787) 306-2694

Festivals and Events

  • Carnaval Brujo — March
  • Carnaval de Guayama — April
    The region around Guayama still honors African legends of sorcery and witchcraft. The Brujo Carnival retells these old stories «brujo» means warlock or spell, and incorporates them into a weekend-long festival.
    (787) 864-0600
  • Feria Dulces Suenos — March
  • Feria y Exposicion de Caballos de Paso Fino — March
  • Festival Jibaro — October
  • Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio de Padua — June
    Every year, Guayama celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions.
    (787) 864-0600
  • Semana Puertorriqueña — December

Education

There are 26 public schools in Guayama,
education is handled by the Puerto Rico Department of Education.
Guayama is also home of 4 colleges and universities.

Demographics *

Population
36,614

Puerto Rico: 3,285,874

Land Area: 64.99 sq mi

Density: 618.1 per sq mi

Median Age: 39. 6

Sex: 50% female

Economics **

Per capita income
$10,385

Puerto Rico: $21,058

Median household income: $17,319
Puerto Rico: $21,058

Persons below poverty line: 49.4%

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
14,215
Housing units density:
303.3 (2013)

Persons per household: 2.65

High school grad or higher: 77.2%

Marital status: 34% married

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

** U.S. Census Bureau 2016-2020

Map References

Coordinates: 17.9742° N, 66.1100° W

Zip Code: 00704, 00784, 00785

Driving Distance from San Juan: 52 miles

Driving Time: 1 hour, 19 minutes

Guayama — Basketball — BetsAPI

Leagues Played

Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 157

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Matches
Fixtures
Results

Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 07/06 00:00 [6] Guayama
v
Arecibo
[1]
L 79-97
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 07/01 00:00 [4] San Germán
v
Guayama
[6]
L 82-69
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/29 00:00 [4] San Germán
v
Guayama
[6]
L 93-72
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/26 00:00 [6] Guayama
v
Arecibo
[1]
L 63-79
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/22 00:00 [1] Bayamon
v
Guayama
[6]
L 81-80
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/19 00:00 [3] Fajardo
v
Guayama
[6]
L 86-74
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/17 00:00 [6] Guayama
v
Arecibo
[2]
D PPT.
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/16 00:00 [5] Mayagüez
v
Guayama
[6]
L 68-50
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/14 00:00 [1] Ponce
v
Guayama
[6]
W 84-88
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/12 00:00 [6] Guayama
v
Guaynabo
[5]
L 87-92
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/10 00:00 [6] Humacao
v
Guayama
[6]
W 74-83
Puerto Rico Basketball Championship 06/09 00:00 [6] Guayama
v
san german
[4]
W 82-67

Brujos de Guayama is a Puerto Rican professional basketball team of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional based in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Despite being in the league since 1971, the team has not won any BSN Championships but have made 2 finals appearances being a runner-up 2 times (1991, 1994).

The team was founded in 1971. In the 1991 season the Brujos’ lost to the Atleticos de San German in the finals. In the 1994 season the Brujos’ again lost to the Atleticos de San German in the finals.


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