Cataño is known as "La Antesala de la Capital" (prelude of the capital), because of its location across the bay from the capital Puerto Rico, the city of San Juan.

Cataño was founded in 1927 by Hernando de Cataño. Cataño was named after its founder, who lived and helped to develop the region at the beginning of the Spanish colonization. Originally, the town was known as the "Hato de las Palmas de Cataño" (cluster of the palms), but shortened to Cataño when the city was established.

Cataño, located on northern coast, within then Metropolitan Area is one of the localities which has best preserved and most jealously guarded the traditions and customs of life in the island. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, north of Bayamón and Guaynabo; east of Toa Baja and west of Guaynabo. Its rivers are: Bayamón and El Caño de Cataño.

Adopted on
September 5, 1974.
Land Area: 13 sq km (5.0 sq mi)
Water Area: 2.21 sq km
Population: 35,438 (2000)
Density: 2,313.1 per sq km (6,014.2 per sq mi) (2000)
Housing Units: 10,366 (2000)
Housing Density: 2,148.5 (2000)
Per Capita Income: $8,369 (2000)
Hymn: Cataño
Wards: Babote, Cucharillas, Juana Matos, Palmas, Pueblo, Puente Blanco, Puntilla and William Fuentes.
Driving Distance: 13.6 miles *
Driving Time: 25 minutes *

Among the many picturesque reminders of the past preserved here is the old train used for transporting the sugar cane crop which stops between the green trees on the modern urban development area of Levittown, a residential area belonging to the city of Toa Baja.

The inexpensive Cataño ferry leaves daily every half hour, (San Juan-Cataño) from 6am to 10pm. From the dock in Cataño, you can walk to the famous Bacardi Rum Plant, which is the largest rum distillery in the world, processing some 100,000 gallons daily. Visitors may tour the plant, the tour will take you through special exhibits explaining the fermentation, distilling and bottling processes, a small museum exhibits Bacardi's history and a free rum cocktail. Open for tours Mon-Sat. except holidays, from 9am to 10:30am and 12pm to 4pm. (787) 788-8400.

There are many well-known "catañeses", among them: Pedro Juan Soto, and first woman contralor Ileana Colon Carlo.

Interesting Facts

  • The second filmed movie in Puerto Rico was realized in this town (1924-25) "Aloha de los Mares del Sur".

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* The distance was calculated from San Juan.

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Did You Know?

The Cuatro is the national instrument of Puerto Rico.