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😷 Masks covering mouth & nose are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public, indoor spaces, and outdoor spaces where there are 50 or more people.
🏨 In order to check-in to any lodging facility (short-term rentals, AirBNB, hotels, resorts, etc), all members of your party are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. This applies to all people 2 (two) years old and older. If you are unvaccinated and staying more than a week, you are required to show new negative test results weekly. Effective 16 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-062.
🍔 In order to be admitted to a bunch of different places (restaurants, bars, theaters, tours, excursions, casinos, etc) you are required to show either (a) vaccination card showing that you are "fully vaccinated", (b) negative test results of test administered no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival, or (c) evidence of positive test in last 3 months along with documentation proving your recovery. Other types of businesses may, at their option, require this documentation to access their facility. This applies to all people 12 (twelve) years old and older. Effective 23 Aug 2021, per executive order EO-2021-063.
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Cataño Ferry: A Low Cost Ride & Quick Photo Cruise or Transport to Visit Cataño waterfront

Map of Catano Ferry Route 7/21 Update: People can now buy tickets for the ferry ahead of time using the phone APP or ONLINE at https://www.puertoricoferry.com . The Cataño Ferry, also called La Lancha de Cataño, is a small commuter ferry that services one route – from Pier 2 in Old San Juan across the bay to the ferry terminal in Cataño. It is a quick 8-minute ride in either direction, and it runs in one direction or the other every 15 to 30 minutes. It doesn’t go by any of the "sites" of Old San Juan, but you can see the old city wall, the San Juan Gate and El Morro in the distance. You also can get a decent (though distant) view of the Bacardi Rum Factory and Isla de Cabras (site of the small Cañuelo Fort).And also great, it gives you access to the Catano Waterfront area.

 

El Morro at SunsetThe water in the San Juan Bay is almost always calm, so the ride is very mild, but occasionally there are some small waves. The ferries are 1-story catamarans, with no outside seating, that hold about 100 passengers. The ferry is fully enclosed and does not have air conditioning. However, it has windows that were open to let in some fresh air.

 

San Juan Bay at Sunset The fare is $0.50 each way. People aged 3-11 or 60-74 years pay 25¢ and seniors (75+ years) and babies under 3 years old are always free. You can buy your tickets at the ferry terminals. Extra baggage/stuff (like bikes/ice chests) also have a small fee.

Make sure you explain where you want to go as there could be ferries that depart from the Old San Juan terminal that may go to 2 different places (Cataño and Hato Rey). You can get your round-trip tickets before boarding. The Cataño ferry waiting area is to the left and behind the ticket window. If the Hato Rey ferry is working, that waiting area is behind the ticket window and to the right. Boarding and unloading is a fairly quick and easy process.

 

San Juan Bay at SunsetFerries run from 5:45am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 7:30am to 7pm Saturday, Sunday and holidays. During rush hour (6am-9:30am and 3:30pm-6:30pm) on Monday through Friday the ferry it runs every 15 minutes. During non-rush hour, weekends and holidays it runs every 30 minutes.

From the terminal in Cataño, you can take a taxi to the famous Bacardi Rum Factory for a tour. There are always taxis available at the Cataño ferry terminal. Expect to pay about $3.50 per person each way for the taxi.

 

San Juan Bay at SunsetThe Catano waterfront area is a nice place to visit. There is a long walkway that has art and murals and there are all sorts of food/drink options there. A great place to check out. Catano Waterfront area.

We took the ferry at 6:30pm in September and stayed on for the round trip. As you can see, we were able to get some wonderful sunset pictures. If you want to try for some beautiful pictures of your own, check the sunset time for SJ for the month your visiting.

So enjoy the ferry system and use it as you like – either as inexpensive transportation to Cataño, or a quick and easy sunset cruise!

You can call 787-729-8714 for more info.

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Comments & Discussion

There are 14 comments on this article.

I assume your ship will dock at pier 3/4 , the ferry to Catano is at Pier 2. It is located just a little bit west from your pier...(to your left as you walk off the ship).

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Dec 2018

We are coming to San Juan this week - December 18 on a cruise. I have heard about the ferry to Bacardi Rum Factory and see we can ride the ferry for .50 each way. Then a taxi to Barcardi. My question is where do we get the ferry from the cruise terminal. We are coming in on Holland America Cruise Ship. Thank you for information.

Comment by Barbara Ridling on 12 Dec 2018

yes and yes- both open and running

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Oct 2018

Hi! We are going on a cruise this December 2018, and would like to know if the ferry is running as posted since Hurricane Maria. Also, is the restaurant Don Tello still open? Thank you.

Comment by Nancy Rivera on 12 Oct 2018

I believe the last ferry from Catano to OSJ is at 9:30pm.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Jul 2018

I'm going there in 9 days! So excited to visit this beautiful place! The schedule was super helpful, though I do have a question? When does the last Ferry from Catano leave on Saturdays?. Thanks all!

Comment by Andras Hangyal on 05 Jul 2018

Great advice! Thank you so much for the coordinates!

Comment by Olga Ortiz on 17 Jan 2016

If you are coming from the west, then yes, parking in Catano will work. But we don't have any trouble with parking in OSJ. There are a few parking garages and lots.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Dec 2014

Thank you for the information. I want to visit the OSJ and was told that its better to park in Catano and take the ferry.

Comment by Pedro on 22 Dec 2014

Thanks for all the info on all the trips. It really made our stay more interesting.

Comment by Dooandherb on 22 Mar 2014

So much great info.. Thank you. We are on a cruise in November and will visit the Bacardi Factory the day before we sail. Last time we took a taxi, this time we will go on the Catano Ferry and have luch at Don Tello as well. Lene

Comment by Lene on 04 Oct 2010

Going to Dorado in March and this will help us when we tour San Juan- no need to mess with city traffic. Thanks!

Comment by Maureen on 21 Feb 2010

We're coming for the first time in December. This is great information - thanks!

Comment by Kirsten on 01 Oct 2009

Hey, this is a great piece on the Catano Ferry! Thanks for putting together such detailed information on it. And your pictures are stunning!!! Whenever we're in PR, our nephew takes the Catano Ferry from Bayamon to visit us in Old San Juan. I guess I need to take a ride on it myself!! Best regards, Earl

Comment by Earl on 18 Sep 2008

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