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Mayagüez day trip

Rich Spanish culture, right on the Caribbean

Founded in 1760 and later developed into a city port, the town of Mayagüez is located on the west coast of Puerto Rico near the towns of Añasco, Hormigueros, Las Marias, Cabo Rojo, Maricao, and San German. Known to locals as "La Sultana del Oeste" (the sultana of the West), it's named after its river, the Yagüez.

The third largest city in Puerto Rico, Mayagüez is built around the Spanish-style Plaza Colon, marked by a majestic statue of Christopher Columbus, a historic Catholic church, and City Hall. Home to the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Law School and the Pontiff Catholic University, it's an academically focused town with a thriving college culture.

Mayagüez offers visitors a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions:

  • Yagüez Theater & Mayagüez Post Office: Designated as a historic landmark, the old-style cinema and post office are located on McKinley Street in downtown Mayagüez. First opened in the early 1900s, the theater boasts a striking Art Deco décor reminiscent of Parisian cinemas. Call 787-833-5195 for details.
  • Juan A. Rivero Zoo: Puerto Rico's only zoo is home to a diverse array of exotic animals. Carefully landscaped grounds, lush tropical greenery, and a pristine lake create a soothing, scenic environment. Call 787-834-8110 for more details.
  • Tropical Agricultural Research Station: Located at the University of Puerto Rico, this educational facility provides tourists with up-close tours of tropical plant life and colorful botanicals. Call 787-831-3435 for more information.
  • Maricao Forest Reserve: Visitors can enjoy an array of lush, colorful botanicals and vegetation at this nature lover's haven. Call 787-838-1040 for more information.
  • Panoramic Route: View the many splendors of Puerto Rico along this scenic byway, which runs along the length of the entire island. The diverse terrains range from lush forests to rolling valleys.
  • Fiestas Patronales Virgen de la Candelaria: Held each February, this annual festival commemorates the patron saints with food, dancing, and religious parades. Call 787-834-2470 for details.
  • Five Days with Our Land Fair: Every March, residents of Mayagüez observe the town's rich agricultural culture with an array of farming exhibits. Call 787-832-4040 for more information.
  • Club Deportivo del Oeste: Nestled on a scenic hillside, this picturesque golf course offers pristine greens, challenging holes, and spectacular Caribbean views. Call 787-851-8880.
  • Galeria de Bellas Artes: Fine art enthusiasts can tour a colonial-style home to view local artwork and crafts. Call 787-234-4099 for details.

To get the most out of your visit to Mayagüez, you might consider joining a guided tour group to engage in such activities as bird watching, hiking, water sports, and sightseeing. Some popular tour companies that visit Mayagüez include Adventours (787-530-8311), Aquatica Dive & Surf (787-890-6071), Excursiones Guarinquen (787-888-2887), Oneida Star Line (787-845-5883), and EcoXcursion Aquatica (787-888-2887).

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