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Beautiful downtown of Gurabo

To people who aren’t familiar with the area, Gurabo can feel like an extension of Caguas, and historically that’s exactly what it was.

Gurabo, originally known as Burabo (Taíno word that means «fertile valley»), was a neighborhood of Caguas from the 1600s until 1815 when a coalition of 168 families got together and demanded to become their own municipality.

Currently, it’s one of the fastest growing towns in Puerto Rico: expanding from around 18,000 residents in the 1980s to over 45,000 residents today. Gurabo is located just 25 minutes from San Juan, in the outskirts of the expanding metro area, intersecting with the beginnings of the rural areas of the central mountain range.

The Stairs

Gurabo acquired the nickname «The town of the stairs» because of five staircases located in a neighborhood called El Cerro, which was built on the side of a very steep hill. The staircases are hard to miss since they’re 22 stories high, painted bright red with yellow banisters, and surrounded by houses painted in different, eye-catching colors. They allow residents to go up the hill more comfortably in order to reach their homes.

Carraízo Lake

Carraízo Lake is one of the most important reservoirs in Puerto Rico and is spread across the municipalities of Caguas, Trujillo Alto, and Gurabo. It’s a popular spot for kayaking and recreational fishing.

Enjoy kayaking or fishing with Paradise Paddle PR!

Paradise Paddle PR is a local company located in Gurabo specializing in a multitude of outdoor activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, and camping. They even have a zipline. You can choose special tours combining different activities in one day, as well as coordinating private events or teambuilding for business groups.

 

Ceviche on a white plate that’s plated with small flowers on its rim.

Surrounded by an impeccably maintained garden, this former hacienda was transformed into a gorgeous restaurant serving Caribbean and Mediterranean cuisine called Zafra del Caribe. Aside from the terrace and main dining room, which combine the rustic charm of the architecture with a more modern decor, there are elegant ballrooms for weddings, receptions, and private dinners.

The food is some of the best in the region, particularly their seafood dishes, including their traditional paella marinera, as well as their eclectic takes on Puerto Rican ingredients like the pigeon pea risotto or the chicken breast stuffed with yuca in a mushroom, spinach, and tomato sauce.

The Museum and Humanistic Studies Center Dr. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez is part of the Ana G. Méndez University Gurabo Campus and is open to the general public. The museum has several permanent collections of works on paper, folk art, archeology, history, sculpture, sculptural ceramics, and painting, with an outstanding collection of serigraphic posters of Puerto Rico. Their mission is to «collect, preserve, study and disseminate the artistic and humanistic expression of our regional and national Puerto Rican cultural heritage, for the benefit and enjoyment of the university community and the public of today and forever.» The museum is housed in a modern building overlooking the Loíza river.

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  3. Housing

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  4. Nightlife

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  5. Good for Families

    grade D+

  6. Diversity

    grade C minus

  7. Jobs

    grade D minus

  8. Weather

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  9. Cost of Living

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  11. Outdoor Activities

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  12. Commute

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Gurabo is a suburb of San Juan with a population of 7,811. Gurabo is in Gurabo Municipio. Living in Gurabo offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes.

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Population

7,811

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Real Estate

Median Home Value

$96,200

National

$229,800

Median Rent

$563

National

$1,096

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Sparse Suburban

  • Rent

    34%

  • Own

    66%

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  • Assault

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    national  282.7

  • Murder

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    national  6.1

  • Rape

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    national  40.7

  • Robbery

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    national  135.5

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    national  500.1

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    national  2,042. 8

  • Motor Vehicle Theft

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    national  284

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Diversity

grade C minus

Based on ethnic and economic diversity.

  • <10 years

    12%

  • 10-17 years

    8%

  • 18-24 years

    10%

  • 25-34 years

    13%

  • 35-44 years

    11%

  • 45-54 years

    14%

  • 55-64 years

    16%

  • 65+ years

    16%

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  • Master’s degree or higher

    5%

    national  13%

  • Bachelor’s degree

    12%

    national  20%

  • Some college or associate’s degree

    29%

    national  29%

  • High school diploma or equivalent

    34%

    national  27%

  • Less than high school diploma

    21%

    national  11%

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Working in Gurabo

Jobs

grade D minus

Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.

Median Household Income

$17,472

National

$64,994

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Rating 3.43 out of 5  7 reviews

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I like Gurabo as a Puerto Rico municipality mainly because of the diversity found here. I first moved to this city when I was 6, and have slowly come to really enjoy living in it. Not only does it have plenty of secure and friendly neighborhoods, but it also hosts a small shopping center, multiple church’s if you’re interested, and a large variety of delicious restaurants. If you live in Gurabo, you know how willing the people around are to help with practically anything. Whether you’re lost and need to clarify directions, or are simply hungry and wanting to find a good place to eat at, ask around in Gurabo and you’ll get properly guided to the right place. Finally, an interesting side note I would like to add is how when driving through the streets in Gurabo, you’re certain to stumble upon people riding horses. I think this is pretty funny, and it represents a bit about Puerto Rican culture and traditions. There is always room for improvement at any place, so 4/5 stars from me!

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We have lived in Gurabo almost all of our lives. Me and my sisters love it here. We have great neighbors and social lives. We like that gurabo is «rural», because it has a lot of greenery and fresh air. The commute to the metro is a bit far, but it is worth it. Not only are the people great, but there are great malls here.

It’s a good place to live but for most of anything you have to go to a bigger city, either Caguas or San Juan.

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SLEEPS 12! CLOSE TO BEACHES/RESTAURANTS/ATTRACT

Gurabo

Set 44 km from Fort San Felipe del Morro, 35 km from Fort Buchannan and 37 km from Sagrado Corazon Station, SLEEPS 12! CLOSE TO BEACHES/RESTAURANTS/ATTRACT offers accommodation located in Gurabo.

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SLEEPS 12! CLOSE TO BEACHES/RESTAURANTS/ATTRACT

Gurabo

Offering a terrace and garden view, SLEEPS 12! CLOSE TO BEACHES/RESTAURANTS/ATTRACT is located in Gurabo, 37 km from Museum of Art of Puerto Rico and 44 km from Fort San Felipe del Morro.

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Hacienda Elena Paraiso Tropical

Juncos (Near Gurabo)

Hacienda Elena Paraíso Tropical is located in Juncos. It features an outdoor pool, garden and terrace. San Juan is 44 km from the property.

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9.5

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4 reviews

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Gavidia Guest House

San Lorenzo (Near Gurabo)

Located in San Lorenzo, Alojamientos casa de Campo is 46 km from El Morro Mountain. It features a shared lounge and free WiFi.
Doña Amparo met us where we ate the night we arrived and personally guided us to her guest house.
Nestled in the mountain peaks around San Lorenzo, the location was quite and tranquil.
Doña Amparo was a most gracious host and made us feel really at home.
We were glad to see she is adding more rooms onto the house on the hillside and decided we will make her home our mountain escape from Florida.

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8.8

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Hacienda Cerro Gordo casa de campo

San Lorenzo (Near Gurabo)

Boasting a hot tub, Hacienda Cerro Gordo casa de campo is set in San Lorenzo. This property offers access to a balcony and free private parking.

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9.5

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casitas de village

Carolina (Near Gurabo)

Featuring a year-round outdoor pool, las casitas de village in Carolina offers accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking for guests who drive.

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Four Points by Sheraton Caguas Real

3 stars

Hotel in Caguas

Surrounded by lush mountains, this hotel is located in Caguas, Puerto Rico, just a short drive from downtown San Juan.
The room met and exceeded my expectations. King bed was comfy, a lot of room space and a modern bathroom. First floor gym was a plus to get a quick workout. I only ate once at the hotel, I had the sautéed veggies and a Moscow Mule. Also, you have the casino right next door.

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The Village Inn

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Offering a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, The Village Inn is located in Carolina, 19 km from San Juan.
The staff was helpful. The place was good except for bed bugs the first night. The staff immediately sought to rectify the issue by moving us to a different room. There was no issue with the other room.

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Cabaña Recordando El Ayer

San Lorenzo (Near Gurabo)

Located in San Lorenzo, 49 km from Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, 47 km from Fort Buchannan and 49 km from Sagrado Corazon Station, Cabaña Recordando El Ayer provides accommodation with a balcony and…

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