San Juan Ferries

The docks in San Juan allow tourists to visit local attractions as well as another Latin Island

The ferry docks in San Juan offer a chance for locals and tourists to sail between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on a journey that can only be described as an adventure. Another very popular service is a commuter ferry that travels to Cataño but is also frequented by tourists who hope to tour the Bicardi Rum Factory.

Cataño Ferry

Throughout the day, the AcuaExpreso runs back and forth between San Juan and Catano about every hour from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day of the year. It takes only six minutes to cross, and at just $1(USD) a person each way, this mode of transportation is a steal. For the most part, the ferry is used by locals who commute back and forth between the residential and industrial community, but it also serves as a way for tourists to get to the island upon which the Bicardi Rum Factory is located.

These ferries are catamarans with indoor seating only, holding 100 passengers at a time and offering no air conditioning. Relief can be found by opening the windows and letting the sea air blow in. Well over one million people travel with this service each year, and it is especially popular during rush hour, so tourists should avoid the ferry during these times if at all possible.

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

...choice of sleeping or partying ...

 

America Cruise Ferries

America Cruise Ferries operated the Caribbean Fantasy, which is one of many ferry services that have tried to provide international transportation from Puerto Rico. All have failed except for this one which has been in operation since 2010. Caribbean Fantasy travels from two spots on Puerto Rico, one of which is in San Juan, to the Dominican Republic three times a week.

The trip, which costs $159(USD) for a round trip ticket, lasts between eight and 12 hours, and it does so overnight. This give passengers the choice of sleeping or partying all night since there is plenty to keep you buy including a disco, casino, swimming pool, and a number of duty free shops.

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

Further information can be garnered by calling America Cruise Ferries, which owns Caribbean Fantasy. Their numbers are 787-725-2643 in San Juan, 787-832-4800 in Mayagüez, and 809-688-4400 in Santo Domingo.

From San Juan you can get to the Dominican Republic on Hispanola for a relatively low price, as well as to a more local destination for a bit of sightseeing. Whether or not you'll take advantage of these ferries is up to you, though it would be a shame to miss out on such a wonderful opportunity.

Ferry Routes, San Juan
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
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
 

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