Located in the northern part of Puerto Rico just west of the capital city, Guaynabo is considered part of the San Juan Metropolitan Area. There are approximately 98,000 people living within the 27 square miles of the city and over 2.5 million in the metropolitan area.
While there are many options for tourists to explore Guaynabo, the city is also home to many businesses such as Microsoft, Chrysler, Toshiba and Iberia Airlines. Guaynabo is also a host city to four consulates: El Salvador, Finland, Nicaragua and the Netherlands. There is also one university in Guaynabo – Atlantic University College which was established in 1983 and has the distinction of winning an Emmy Award for Technical Achievement.
Guaynabo has many similarities to suburbs found in the United States. This city is known for good roads and infrastructure. When the Spanish first settled Puerto Rico, there were Taino indigenous people living on the island. There are many words and phrases in use throughout the city and the country with Taino influences. In fact, the word Guaynabo derives from Taino.
The Guaynabo region was settled by Ponce de Leon back in 1508. Although abandoned in 1521, the Caparra ruins are now a United States National Landmark.
You’ll find the La Marquesa Forest Park, a number of locally famous food trucks, as well as Fort Buchanan which dates back nearly 100 years.
Guaynabo is in a tropical monsoon climate located right on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. On average, high temperatures soar in the 90s throughout the months of June through October. The coldest months are in December and January when the lows dip into the mid-60s. The wettest months are May and September where rainfall totals average around 9 inches per month. These two months provide nearly one-third of the annual rainfall in Guaynabo. On average, the city receives 51 inches of annual precipitation.
Real estate and rentals are quite affordable in Guaynabo. As part of the San Juan Metropolitan Area, Guaynabo enjoys the benefits of being near the capital city while still maintaining an independent feel. There are homes, condos and apartments available to suit all budgets and preferences.
Guaynabo offers a modern infrastructure and businesses to accommodate the lifestyle of its citizens. There are plenty of restaurants and shops like Starbucks and Olive Garden as well as Walgreens. Guaynabo hosts many festivals throughout the year attracting thousands from all over the region.