Ferries to Puerto Rico

Scenic ferry rides grant visitors access to Puerto Rico's more remote attractions

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Although generally assumed to be only one large island, there are several smaller islands nearby that are actually considered part of Puerto Rico.

Government-run ferries and boats available for charter enable visitors to experience the islands of Culebra and Vieques as well as the Puerto Rican mainland. Smaller ferries also shuttle travelers across the Bay of San Juan to the Cataño area, world-famous for its Bacardi Rum Plant.

Riding the Ferries

Vacationers staying in the San Juan area may be interested in the ferries that traverse the picturesque Bay of San Juan. For $0.50(USD) per person, the ferry travels from Old San Juan to Cataño. This region is known for its careful preservation of the local traditions and customs. The length of time between trips varies during the day, but the following chart outlines the standard schedule Monday through Sunday and holidays.

Old San Juan to Catano Ferry Schedule
Departure Time
6:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. every 15 minutes
8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. every 30 minutes
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every 15 minutes
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. every 30 minutes

On the eastern end of Puerto Rico, the town of Fajardo runs ferries to both Culebra and Vieques. These small, outlying islands make great excursions for travelers who like to explore less touristy areas of Puerto Rico. Arrival time should be one hour prior to departure, with outbound ferries leaving several times a day. The fare to Vieques is $2(USD) per person, while the fare to Culebra is $2.25(USD) per person, and both trips take about an hour and a half.

Fajardo to Vieques Ferry Schedule
From - To
Fajardo - Vieques
Monday - Friday
9:30 am
1:00 pm
4:30 pm
8:00 pm
Fajardo - Vieques
Weekends and Holidays
9:30 am
3:00 pm
6:00 pm
Vieques - Fajardo
Monday - Friday
6:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Vieques - Fajardo
Weekends and Holidays
6:30 am
1:00 pm
4:30 pm

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Location
Catano Ferry Dock Catano
El Conquistador Ferry Dock Conquistador Beach Marina - Las Croabas
Fajardo Ferry Dock Fajardo
Hato Rey Ferry Dock Hato Rey
Isla Caja De Muerto Ferry Dock Isla Caja de Muerto Nature Reserve - 10.2 mi. (16.5 km) Southeast of Ponce
Mayaguez Docks Mayagüez
Palomino Ferry Dock Isla Palominos
Ponce Ferry Port 2.8 mi. (4.6 km) South of Ponce
Puerto Real Dock Fajardo
San Juan Ferry Port Old San Juan

Finally, another ferry service to consider is Caribbean Fantasy by America Cruise Ferries. This service transports guests from San Juan all the way to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. This several hour trip may be a long haul, but it is a cost-efficient way to visit these two powerhouses of the Caribbean. Also note that once a week there is a service from Mayagüez to Santo Domingo as well.

Review Your Options

See the table below to review all the ferry options available to you when visiting Puerto Rico.

Ferry Routes, Puerto Rico
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Fajardo Charlotte Amalie Ferry Terminal Fajardo Ferry Dock Transportation Services occasionally
Fajardo Culebra Ferry Dock Fajardo Ferry Dock Puerto Rico Fast Ferry several times per day
Fajardo Palomino Ferry Dock El Conquistador Ferry Dock El Conquistador Ferry several times per day
Fajardo Vieques Ferry Dock Fajardo Ferry Dock Puerto Rico Fast Ferry several times per day
Mayagüez Caribbean Fantasy Santo Domingo Dock Mayaguez Docks America Cruise Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Old San Juan Caribbean Fantasy Santo Domingo Dock San Juan Ferry Port America Cruise Ferries 1 to 2 days per week
Old San Juan Catano Ferry Dock San Juan Ferry Port AcuaExpreso many times per day
Old San Juan Hato Rey Ferry Dock San Juan Ferry Port AcuaExpreso many times per day

Vacationers who are staying in Old San Juan may want to look into the new high-speed ferry service available for exploring the islands just east of Puerto Rico. Because they travel faster and depart locally, high-speed ferries are an extremely convenient option for travelers who no longer have to cross the Puerto Rican interior in order to set sail for Culebra and Vieques from the eastern port of Fajardo.

Ferries often make an enjoyable option for travelers hoping to explore the surrounding islands. The time spent with the sun and sea is a pleasant alternative to bustling metropolitan streets, and the towns and islands that yield themselves exclusively to water travel are some of the loveliest in the Caribbean. No vacation to Puerto Rico should be considered complete without at least one trip aboard a local ferry.

Local Ferry Guides for Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a large island, and specific ferry information can vary depending on where you are. For a better picture of specifics, please read out local ferry guides for areas within Puerto Rico.

Ferries Serving Specific Areas
Guide to Culebra Ferries
Guide to Fajardo Ferries
Guide to Mayagüez Ferries
Guide to San Juan Ferries
Guide to Vieques Ferries

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