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Muelle 2 - Lancha de Cataño, Pier 2

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Catano Ferry: A Low Cost Ride & Quick Sunset Cruise | Puerto Rico Day Trips Travel Guide

Post-MARIA Update (Tuesday, 07 November 2017) 80% of the island still does not have power (including us). Many communication towers are still not working. We just got real internet service at home today, so we'll have that during the day when our solar panels give us power. We hope to resume writing and posting new articles here in the near term. In the meantime, we are posting updates to our as we find out more info. Posted on 17 Sep 2008 by • Updated on 09 Aug 2015 Category:    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 and (site of the small Cañuelo Fort).   The 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.   The fare is $0.50 each way. People aged 60-74 years pay 25¢ and seniors (75+ years) 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 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.   Ferries run from 6am to 7pm Monday through Friday, and 8am to 8pm 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 for a free tour. There are always taxis available at the Cataño ferry terminal. Expect to pay about $3.00 per person each way for the taxi.   There is also a decent Puerto Rican restaurant right in the Cataño pier area called Don Tello. I have not been there, but I hear that the food is good and inexpensive, and the restaurant has a good view! 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. Use this map to locate places mentioned in this article. You can click on a placemark to view the GPS coordinates for that place. assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! There are 8 comments on this article. 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 All fields are required. Ads & Sponsors in Rio Grande Located in the Foothills of El Yunque - learn about public transportation in the San Juan metro area

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Eric Morales said 4 years ago
Best way to go to the Bacardi Distillery is from here for a $1 round trip across the San Juan Bay, on the other side get a taxi to reach the Distillery. The Ferry goes back and forward every 30 min
Sylvia Liriano said 4 years ago
I used to ride on it when I was younger it brings me good old memories.
Emily Freeman said 4 years ago
It's fast, clean, and affordable- best ten dollars we spent this trip!
David Lin said 4 years ago
Went here to go to rum factory, the fare is only 50 cents it's so good and they have life demonstration
michael castro said 5 years ago
Fast way to get out of san juan but bad service from the staff

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