The "Sultaness of the West" is the unofficial capital of Puerto Rico’s west coast.
Mayagüez is the third-largest city in Puerto Rico and has many nicknames, including La Sultana del Oeste (The Sultaness of the West), Ciudad de las Aguas Puras (City of Pure Waters), and Ciudad del Mangó (City of the Mango).
Located in the geographical center of Puerto Rico’s west coast, Mayagüez shares a border with many other towns, including Aguada, Rincón, Hormigueros, and Las Marías. Traveling through the municipality, you'll see everything from coastal plains and marshlands to mountains and river valleys carved by the Río Yagüez and the Río Guanajibo. Driving here from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) takes about 2.5 hours and about 1 hour from Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla.
Things to See and Do
One of Puerto Rico’s most elegant plazas is the tree-lined Plaza de Colón, an active hub where many cultural events take place. During the Christmas season, you’ll find it lit up with lights and filled with festivities, including live music, food vendors, and crafts. Plus, there are daily activities that take place during the weeks leading up to the holiday.
When visiting during other times of the year, check out the fountain commemorating Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus), as well as the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Cathedral.
Another beloved Mayagüez landmark is Teatro Yagüez (Yagüez Theatre). Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, this beautifully restored theater is an active performing arts center.
For a day of incredible shopping, visit the Mayagüez Mall, the third-largest shopping center in Puerto Rico. Shop til you drop and then stop for lunch or a snack at one of the center's delicious restaurants.
Spectacular Scuba Diving
Mayagüez is also an excellent launching point to experience some of Puerto Rico’s best scuba diving locations, such as Isla de Mona. It takes several hours to reach the island, but once there you’ll experience clear, blue waters, brightly colored coral reefs, abundant sea life, and visibility of up to 150 feet. This trip is recommended for experienced divers, and trips of two to three days are recommended. Permits are required to camp on the island and can be obtained through the Departmento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales (DNRA) at 787-999-2200 or by visiting their offices in Mayagüez.