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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.

Cataño is made up of 8 barrios (wards/districts):

  • Babote
  • Cucharillas
  • Juana Matos
  • Palmas,
  • Pueblo
  • Puente Blanco
  • Puntilla
  • William Fuentes

What to Do and See?

Where to Eat?

Festivals and Events

  • Encuentro de Pescadores - July
  • Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Sra. del Carmen - July
    Every year, Catano celebrates a patron saint festival. The festivities include dances, food, parades and religious processions. (787) 788-0404
  • Noche de San Juan - June

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. Located on Carr. 165 Km. 6.2, Cataño. Open for tours Mon-Sat. except holidays, from 9am to 4:30pm. Sunday from 10:00am to 4:30pm. (787) 788-8400. Admissions $15, Seniors $12.

There are many well-known "catañeses", among them:

  • Pedro Juan Soto
  • 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".


Adopted on
September 5, 1974.

Anthem: Cataño


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Demographics *

26,919 (July 2013 est.)

Land Area: 4 .84 sq mi

Density: 5814.0 per sq mi

Median Age: 35.1

Economics *

Per capita income (2013)
Puerto Rico: $11,068

Median household income: $18,977
Puerto Rico: $19,624

Persons below poverty line: 49.00 %

Housing, families and educational attainment *

Number of households
Housing units density: 2314.7

Persons per household: 3.25

High school grad or higher: 70.2%

* U.S. Census Bureau 2010 data unless otherwise noted.

Map References

Coordinates: 18.4450° N, 66.1178° W

Zip Code: 00962, 00963

Driving Distance from San Juan: 13.6 miles

Driving Time: 25 minutes

Did You Know?

Puerto Rico is the 30th most populated state in the United States.