Old San Juan Ferries

Both an international and local ferry are accessible from the docks in Old San Juan

Photo credit: © Harry the bodysnatcher

A popular tourist attraction and a nearby nation are both accessible by ferry in Old San Juan. One allows you a quick trip across the bay to the industrial community of Cataño, while the other provides overnight transportation to the Dominican Republic. If you're interested in expanding your horizons during your stay in Puerto Rico's most historic of cities, either ferry will do the trick.

Cataño Ferry

Old San Juan is connected to the small industrial and residential community of Catano from the terminal in San Juan. Approximately every half hour between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. the ferry takes off from Pier Number Two on the San Juan side, and takes six minutes to cross the San Juan Bay. The fare is $1(USD) per person each way. This ferry is typically used by locals to commute from their homes to work, so it is highly recommended that tourists avoid use during rush hour. If things get too hectic, the ferry operator will deploy a second boat, but this is never guaranteed.

The ferries that make the crossing are catamarans with indoor seating that hold 100 passengers at a time and more than one million passengers use the service each year. Do be aware that there is no air conditioning, though you can open the windows to let fresh air in to the seating area.

Familiarize yourself with the choices for water transportation below.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Catano Ferry Dock Catano
Hato Rey Ferry Dock Hato Rey
San Juan Ferry Port Old San Juan

...ferry travels over night...


Caribbean Fantasy

Several international ferry companies have come and gone over the years, but many people believe that Caribbean Fantasy by America Cruise Ferries, the latest incarnation, is here to stay. This ferry service provides transportation between Puerto Rico and the the Dominican Republic on the island of Hispanola.

Caribbean Fantasy travels between the two destinations three times a week on a trip that lasts anywhere from eight to twelve hours depending on weather conditions and departure location. Prices begin at $159(USD) for a round trip ticket, which includes port charges and three standard sized pieces of luggage free of charge. You may also transport a vehicle for an extra fee, but this must be arranged in advance of the trip.

The ferry travels over night, which means guests have the option of partying the night away or booking a cabin to sleep in. The boat has a casino, piano bar, swimming pool, disco, and plenty of shops that offer goods at duty free prices.

Caribbean Fantasy Basic Schedule
Departure TimeDeparts FromArrival TimeArrives In
Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Santo Domingo, DR Monday, 8:00 a.m. San Juan, PR
Monday, 7:00 p.m. San Juan, PR Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. Santo Domingo, DR
Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. Santo Domingo, DR Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. Mayaguez, PR
Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. Mayaguez, PR Thursday, 8:00 a.m. Santo Domingo, DR
Thursday, 8:00 p.m. Santo Domingo, DR Friday, 8:00 a.m. San Juan, PR

For further details, contact Caribbean Fantasy's owner America Cruise Ferries at 787-725-2643 in San Juan, 787-832-4800 in Mayagüez, or 809-688-4400 in Santo Domingo.

There is a big difference between the two ferry services that operate out of Old San Juan, but both serve an important purpose, and both are good to know about. They allow tourists not only to travel locally in a more efficient manner, but to possibly extend their vacation and enjoy a little time in the the Dominican Republic as well.

Ferry Routes, Old San Juan
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
San Juan San Juan Ferry Port Catano Ferry Dock AcuaExpreso many times per day
San Juan San Juan Ferry Port Hato Rey Ferry Dock AcuaExpreso many times per day
Santo Domingo San Juan Ferry Port Caribbean Fantasy Santo Domingo Dock America Cruise Ferries 1 to 2 days per week

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