Introducing Cataño & Bayamón
Together, Bayamón and Cataño have a denser concentration of strip malls than any other area in Puerto Rico, which may be one reason why tourists don’t seem to be flocking across the bay. Other reasons could be the heavy industrialization, traffic that could make you pull your hair out and air that’s often fouled with noxious chemicals. Nonetheless, there are a few things worth seeing in Bayamón and Cataño, although nothing warrants staying overnight.
To get here, you can take the ferry from Old San Juan and enjoy a quick harbor tour along the way. The Tren Urbano links Santurce, Hato Rey and Río Piedras to Bayamón; from Old San Juan/Condado you can catch bus B21 to Sagrado Corazon station and the start of the train route.
If you head about a mile north of town to where Hwy 165 meets Hwy 870, you can follow the latter to a secluded picnic site amid the dramatic setting of Isla de Cabras.