The largest city on the island's west coast, Mayaguez is located 98 miles from San Juan
. The city is recognized as the honeymoon capital of Puerto Rico with the lush and beautiful vegetation that grows here. The harbor is the second largest on the island and was built to control the Mona Passage, a route crucial to the Spanish Empire when Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic were vital trade and defensive jewels in the Spanish crown.
Deep-sea fishing is popular here and the town is also the bustling port for exporting agricultural produce from the surrounding hillsides.
Mayaguez is part of the Mayaguez, Puerto Rico metro area.