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Crossing by Ferry The San Juan Bay

Updated on August 12, 2013
The Cataño Ferry
The Cataño Ferry | Source

Living on an island has many natural distractions. One of the best distractions is seeing water all around; from ocean views, rivers, streams, ponds, marshes, waterfalls, bays to beaches.

I was born in Puerto Rico with most of my childhood being in New York. In New York we were in contact with water since New York is located at the mouth of the Hudson River that flows into a harbor and then into the Atlantic Ocean; it has other rivers flowing across it's five boroughs. Yes, we had access to water, but without the same freedom that we have here in Puerto Rico.

Being a mature woman now, I will never...ever...give away this Puerto Rican living style unless it is God's will to send me to Africa or another place.

Puerto Rico owns ferries to transport us on the ocean, or between bays to get us to different parts of this fabulous island. This hub will share with you how we can cross the San Juan Bay.

San Juan Bay

San Juan
San Juan | Source
San Juan Bay, the Old San Juan
San Juan Bay, the Old San Juan | Source

The Cataño Ferry

Cataño is one of the 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico. It is located on the north coast of the island, at the shores of the San Juan Bay and bordering the Atlantic Ocean. It is North of Bayamon, East of Toa Baja and West of Guaynabo.

As Cataño is just across the San Juan Bay, the Old San Juan can be reached by a ferry. The ferry boat is the successor to the original that opened in 1894 (known as Hicoteas Valdes). The ferry runs back and forth between Cataño and the Old San Juan every 15 to 30 minutes.


Ferry Rates:

Cataño / San Juan

(one way with same price back):
General public: 50 cents
Persons with disabilities: 25 cents
Children under 3 years: 25 cents
Over 65 years: 25 cents
Over 75 years: free


Cataño / San Juan:

5:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

San Juan / Cataño:

6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Romantic Scenery

Puerto Rico Highway # 22 gives access to San Juan from Cataño by car but the benefits of the ferry are various.

  1. Saving of gasoline.
  2. Avoid searching for parking.
  3. Changes routine of transportation.
  4. The enjoyment of the sunsets, representing a romantic scenery for everybody even for yourself.
  5. The appreciation of the sight of the Castillo el Morro and the cruise ships docked at the Old San Juan terminal.
  6. The delightful view of the bay flowing out into the Atlantic Ocean like a large open door.
  7. San Juan's terminal offers a display of valuable information making the journey a complete experience of emotions and acknowledgment of the natural environment.

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Anyone that has had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico will go with the desires of coming back or staying. My husband, Froggy213 came and he stayed. Now he calls himself "Gringocua" (mix of Gringo and Boricua) for his love of Puerto Rico. He has written hubs about Pueblos Of Puerto Rico and now he is writing a series of books about each of them titled: “A Gringocua Travels Puerto Rico”.

I found the video below that contains beautiful photos of the view that you will enjoy from the journey crossing the San Juan Bay or just having the experience of being in the terminals.

Welcome to Puerto Rico and blessings from God!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks Taranwanderer, enjoy your trip! I will go and read the hub you shared.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome two so at peace and in love. I'm going cruising by myself by the end of the year, I hope to take someone with me in the future. Voted up!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks Frogy213.

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      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      This was such a great romantic trip with you my dear. Lets go do it again!!

      Another great hub! I love you


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