Guaynabo

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Get to know Guaynabo

Guaynabo is an upscale suburb of San Juan, covering nine barrios and Guaynabo Pueblo, the downtown and administrative center. More than other Puerto Rico regions, Guaynabo is primarily composed of gated communities, many of which were developed in the 1990s and 2000s, supported by the city’s urban planning. Guaynabo was also the first municipality in Puerto Rico to use English as a primary language on street signs and government buildings, though Spanish remains the dominant spoken language. Guaynabo was the first European settlement in Puerto Rico, home to Juan Ponce de León, the first Governor of Puerto Rico, in the early 1500s, and it served as the region’s capital, before it was switched to present-day Old San Juan. Guaynabo hosts the popular three-day long Carnaval Mabó in February every year. The festival celebrates Cacique Mabó, a pre-Columbian indigenous tribal chief of the area, with a parade, music, and other cultural events.

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Guaynabo Living in San Juan

The vibrant capital of Puerto Rico, San Juan, is the island’s biggest and most populous city. It’s a place where the past, the present, and the future sit side by side, and where 500-year-old forts are just blocks away from a brand-new, high-tech plaza. This is a city that loves joy—San Juan residents are known for their welcoming spirit and readiness to celebrate life. Whether San Juan is hosting an impromptu dance party or one of the city’s famous festivals, there’s always a sense of fun in the air. Thanks to its location on the coast, San Juan has a laid-back, beach town vibe that manages to co-exist with the city’s status as an urban capital. In some ways, San Juan resembles other major American metropolises, with a downtown financial district, trendy hipster neighborhoods, comfortable suburbs, and tourist hotspots. But it’s San Juan’s mix of beaches, multiple cultures, and Boricua pride that make the city unique.