Mayaguez is considered the “capital” of the West Coast; it is the third largest city of Puerto Rico. Mayaguez has it’s own distinct look with European charm and it’s known for it’s port, tuna factories, the Teatro Yaguez (theatre of arts) and it houses the only zoo on the island. Most jobs on the west coast are on the the city of Mayaguez. If you want to be near the best selection of American style restaurants, shopping and services, Mayaguez will be of interest to you. Mayaguez offers many services to the west coast residents of Puerto Rico including a shopping malls, hospitals, and all type of professional services.
Most of Mayaguez’s important buildings were destroyed back in 1918 in an earthquake. In the past few years a great effort has been made to restore many of the buildings with great success. The plaza got a brand new fresh look and the center of attention is still the Cristopher Columbus bronze statue at the center of the plaza facing “La Alcaldia” / The Mayor’s office.
Quick Facts about Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
- Location: Mayaguez is located on the west coast of Puerto Rico, now known as Porta del Sol. Neighboring towns are Añasco (north), Hormigueros (south), San Germàn (southeast) and Cabo Rojo (south) of Mayaguez.
- Land Area: 197.6 sq km
- Hymn: Himno a Mayaguez by Luciano Quiñones
- Tourism Information Office: (787) 851-1025 – office in Cabo Rojo just 10 minute drive.
Points of Interest & Things to Do in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Plaza de Colon
Plaza de Colon, the town square of Mayaguez is among the most attractive and elegant plazas on the island. This plaza remains an active cultural center for all residents of Mayaguez and nearby towns. The alcalde (mayor) of Mayaguez does an excellent job with the preservation of buildings in the historic district as well as holding many cultural events for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. During Christmas, Plaza de Colon is the most beautifully lit and festive plaza in all of Puerto Rico attracting Puerto Ricans from all over the island for over a month.
Take a break from the sun, and head to the city of Mayaguez with the kids, home of the only zoo in Puerto Rico. The zoo contains a nice selection of animals which are divided into two groups: the African Forest and the African Savannah. The zoo also houses an open outdoor bird sanctuary and butterfly house with netting ceiling and more… More about Zoologico de Mayaguez / Mayaguez Zoo.
Go to the Beach...
Although part of the municipality is along the coast, there are no swimming beaches, but don’t let that keep you from booking a vacation in Mayaguez. Mayaguez is a great central location to enjoy the many beaches along the west coast of Puerto Rico. Just 15 minutes north from Mayaguez you can visit the beaches of Rincon, and about 30 minutes south you can spend full days under the sun on the great beaches of Cabo Rojo…and there are many more.
Parque de los Proceres
After visiting the zoo in Mayaguez or an afternoon of shopping, come to the park, put on your walking sneakers and take a walk as you learn a little about “proceres” / heroes / famous personalities in Puerto Rican history.
Tropical Agriculture Research Station
The Tropical Agriculture Research Station (TARS ) is an educational place to visit in Mayaguez. It is one of the three tropical / subtropical research centers of the United States Department of Agriculture. The grounds are very attractive where visitors can enjoy a walk to admire native plants and trees as well as many other interesting species worldwide.
Go Shopping at Mayaguez Mall
Pack light and go shopping at the Mayaguez Mall. The mall offers a great variety of shops, both US brands and locally owned shops. The Mayaguez Mall is a great place to dine, there are many restaurants both inside and outside the mall ranging serving food from traditional Puerto Rican food to All American restaurants such as Chili’s, Macaroni Grill and more…
Teatro Yaguez (Yaguez Theatre), is one of the most beloved landmarks in Mayaguez. Originally constructed in 1909, it was destroyed in 1919 by fire, and rebuilt in 1921. Teatro Yaguez is owned by the municipality of Mayaguez, the administration led the restoration to its original glory in 1984. Yaguez is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Today the stage and auditorium continues to be used.
Explore Porta del Sol
Mayaguez is part of the Porta del Sol region, where you can have fun under the sun exploring beaches, historic sites, forests with hiking trails, cays and islets, charming towns and much more… Learn about attractions on the west coast of Puerto Rico.