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Encyclopedia > Cayey, Puerto Rico

Coordinates: 18°06′52″N, 66°10′05″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Cayey, Puerto Rico
Cayey landscape from PR-52 expressway
Nickname: "Ciudad de las Brumas", "Ciudad del Torito", "Ciudad del Coquí Dorado"
Gentilic: "Cayeyanos"

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Founded August 17, 1773
Mayor Hon. Rolando Ortíz Velázquez
Political party PPD
Senatorial district 6 - Guayama
Representative district 29
Geographical characteristics
Total 130.01 km²
Land 130 km²
Water .01 km²
Total (2000) 47,370
Density 342.6/km²
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
Anthem – "Alma Boricua"

Cayey (ka-YAI) is a mountain town in central Puerto Rico located on the Central Mountain range, north of Salinas and Guayama; south of Cidra and Caguas; east of Aibonito and Salinas; and west of San Lorenzo Cayey is spread over 21 wards and Cayey Pueblo (The downtown area and the administrative center of the city). A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Political parties in Puerto Rico lists political parties in Puerto Rico. ... The Popular Democratic Party of Puerto Rico —or Partido Popular Democrático de Puerto Rico (PPD) in Spanish— is a political party that stands for Puerto Rico to be a free associated state of the United States, which is also known as a commonwealth status. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... This article is in need of attention. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... The Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST) is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting four hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precision atomic time standard. ... Flag Nickname: El Pueblo del Mojo Isleño, Los Marlins Gentilic: Salinences Location Location of Salinas, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico Government Founded 1851 Mayor Hon. ... Nickname: El Pueblo de los Brujos, Ciudad Bruja, La Ciudad del Guamaní Gentilic: Guayameses Location Location of Guayama, Puerto Rico within Puerto Rico Government Founded 1736 Mayor Hon. ... Image:Cidra seal. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Aibonito is a small mountain town in Puerto Rico. ... San Lorenzo (Spanish Saint Lawrence) is a town in eastern Puerto Rico. ...

Cayey is notable for its surrounding mountains. The city has been actively growing since the 1990s, evidenced by its designation as a Metropolitan Area by the U.S. Census Bureau. It has experimented a significant growth in commerce, and many major retailers, such as Wal-Mart have opened stores in this city. A new coliseum and hospital facilities have also bieng built. Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble have manufacturing facilities in Cayey. Cayey is host to one of the main campuses of the University of Puerto Rico. The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey is the only liberal arts college in Puerto Rico. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... The University of Puerto Rico at Cayey (UPR-Cayey) is a state university located in the municipality of Cayey, Puerto Rico. ...



Cayey was founded on August 17, 1773 by Juan Mata Vázquez, who became its first mayor. It is said that Cayey derives its name from the Taino Indian word for "a place of waters". Its original name was "Cayey de Muesas".

During 1880, a fire that later acquired legendary status happened in Cayey's Mirador Echevarria area. The fire broke out on the property of a timber company near Charca Del Pato. Many people and dogs died, and legend has it that the dogs' barking can still be heard, and sometimes, at night, the screams of the men who burned to death can still be heard too. Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The flag derives its design and colors from the Coat of Arms, which is in the center of the flag encirled by a solid black ring. The centered Coat of Arms and has four triangles pointing to it, two white and two red.

Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms has a three tip mountain, a red bull, and a waving blue stripe representing the abundant water in the zone and also in reverence to the primitive Matron of the town of Cayey. The shield is topped with the silver lamb symbol of San Juan of Puerto Rico, and a red book.


Barrios (Districts/Wards)

  • Beatriz
  • Cayey Pueblo
  • Cedro
  • Cercadillo
  • Culebras Altas
  • Culebras Bajas
  • Farallón
  • Guavate
  • Jájome Alto
  • Jájome Bajo
  • Lapa
  • Matón Abajo
  • Matón Arriba
  • Monte Llano
  • Pasto Viejo
  • Pedro Avila
  • Piedras
  • Polvorin
  • Quebrada Arriba
  • Rincón
  • Sumido
  • Toita
  • Vegas


  • The Carite Forest Reserve
  • Rivers are: Grande de Loíza, Guavate, Jajome, La Plata and Maton.


Alma Boricua By Clodomiro Rodríguez

Dejé en los campos de la patria mía
un paraíso, un verdadero edén.
Encuentro al mundo un campo frío y desierto
al compararlo con mi borinquén.

¡Viva mi patria, mi bello país!
¡Viva por siempre glorioso y feliz!

Yo veo riquezas en esta tierra extraña.
Yo veo bellezas muy dignas de admirar;
pero hace falta no-sé-qué de encanto
que solo tiene mi terruño ideal.

Dejé al salir de aquellas playas níveas
mi hogar querido, el nido de mi amor.
Dejé dos ojos que me lloran siempre,
dos ojos claros, limpios como el sol.

Yo soy boricua. Mi amor es Puerto Rico.
Para mi islita no encuentro parangón.
Nací en los montes del centro de mi tierra.
¡Yo soy boricua de sangre y corazón!



Sugar, tobacco




Cigars and clothing.


Cayey's famous tourist attractions, apart from the mountains, include Monumento al Jíbaro Puertorriqueño and Las Tetas De Cayey, also known as "Las Tetas De Doña Fela", which are two mountain tops nicknamed for their similarity to female breasts. The Statue of the Jibarito is an homage to the Jibaro people, the first settlers in the area. Close-up of Monumento al Jibaro, from PR-52. ... Las Tetas De Cayey (the two peaks to the left), next to some high hills. ... A jíbaro is most commonly used to denote Puerto Rican mountain men, that is, those from the lush, mountainous heartland as opposed to those from the coast or the capital, San Juan. ...

Landmarks and places of interest

  • Comsat Station
  • Guavate
  • Ramón Frade Museum
  • Sismograph

Festivals and events

  • Regional Fair - April
  • Torito Olympics - April
  • Matron Festivities Nuestra Señora de Asunción - August



Cayey is home of the Cayey University College (1967), a branch of the University of Puerto Rico. The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) is the university system of Puerto Rico. ...

Notable "Cayeyanos"

  • Heriberto Castellano - Composer & Lyricist. Composed "Siempre Primavera" (Forever Spring) and "Las Torres Gemelas" (The Twin Towers) among other works. He currently resides in New York City.
  • Heriberto Castellano - Compositor y Lyricista. Escribio "Siempre Primavera" y "Las Torres Gemelas" sobre otras obras. El vive en Nueva York.
  • Agustín Fernández Colón
  • Ramón "Moncho" Frade - Painter
  • Modesto Cartagena
  • Baltazar Mendoza Martínez
  • Dalymar Rivera - child prodigy
  • Don Miguel de Muesas
  • Dr. Luis Santos, only Pediatric Gastroenterologist in El Paso, TX and in the region between San Antonio, TX and Tucson, AZ
  • Don Juan Mata Vázquez - Founder of Cayey (1773)
  • Edgardo Rivera Vega - Community leader
  • Emérita León Candelas
  • Eugenio Fernández Méndez
  • Félix Lucas Benet
  • Héctor Alvarado Rivera - Dignatary
  • Luis Guzmán - Actor
  • José "Piculín" Ortiz - basketball player and a former member of the NBA's Utah Jazz;
  • Julio César López
  • Juan Tapia Ramos
  • Miguel Meléndez Muñoz
  • Pedro Montañez- boxer
  • Wisin & Yandel - reggaeton duo
  • Alexis y Fido - reggaeton duo
  • Zuleyka Rivera - Miss Universe 2006
  • Marcelino Sánchez - actor, most remembered for playing Rembrandt in The Warriors and Ricardo on 3-2-1 Contact end segment The Bloodhound Gang (TV Series).

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Books about Cayey

Additional Information

Photo gallery

External links

  • La Tuna de Cayey (Official Web site)
  • Map of Cayey Puerto Rico
  • Photos of Cayey at Tom Neuschafer Online

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