Located in the northern central valley of Puerto Rico is Bayamón. Bayamón is just 20 miles south of the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan. Considered the second most populated city in Puerto Rico, Bayamón boasts a population of approximately 240,00 residents within its 44.53 square miles.
Bayamón has a thriving tourist industry along with one of the biggest commerce sectors in Puerto Rico with over 20 shopping malls and plazas in the city. Coffee, grapefruit, sugarcane and tobacco are all part of the agriculture sector in Bayamón, which is also home to a sugarcane mill dating back to 1549. There are 20 colleges and universities located in Bayamón with the University of Puerto Rico maintaining one of its 11 campuses in Bayamón and boasting a student population of approximately 5,000.
As part of the metropolitan area of San Juan, Bayamón shares a lot of the culture with the capital city. There is a lot of Spanish influence and the area boasts enough things to keep one occupied without being designated a major tourist area. The art and music of San Juan has filtered down into Bayamón and can be discovered within the restaurants, bars and everyday life.
The indigenous people of the area were called Taino. The name Bayamón has two origin stories including a deviation of one of the Taino chiefs as well as the name of the river which became a center point of the city. It was not until the late 18th century that Bayamón became an official Spanish settlement.
There are 5 rivers that cross through Bayamón: Río Bayamón, Río Hondo, Río Minillas, Río Bucarabones and Río Cuesta Arriba.
Bayamón is mostly a flat area with very good soil for raising crops. Located in the Northern Coastal Valley, the climate is considered tropical with high temperatures in the 80s all year long. The warmest months in Bayamón are June through October where highs average between 87-89 degrees. The coldest months are December through April when lows dip into the upper-60s. The rainiest month is August where an average of 8 inches of rain falls and the two driest months are February and March with approximately 3 inches per month. The total annual rainfall averages 71 inches.
Real estate and rentals are a little less expensive here than in nearby San Juan. There are homes, condos and apartments available to suit all budgets and preferences.
Home to over 200,000 residents, Bayamón is a busy community filled with shopping, agriculture and access to the capital city of San Juan. Being only a few miles from the ocean means residents can easily head to the water for surfing, swimming and more.