Welcome to Yauco & Around
Yauco is Puerto Rico’s coffee capital, where well-scrubbed public squares and a hillside of brightly painted houses stand in contrast to the ragged little burgs that dot the southwest highway. Hidden up in the hills, the city was founded in 1758 by merchants tired of pillaging pirates. Now, the so-called ‘Ciudad del Café' (‘City of Coffee’), gleaming with a trove of colonial-era and Creole architecture, is a perfect supply stop before heading into one of the lonely, lovely forest reserves that characterize the hilly terrain hereabouts – Bosque Estatal de Susúa to the north or Bosque Estatal de Guánica to the southwest. The region can be explored in a day trip from Ponce.