Lugar (Place) – Isla de Mona (Mona Island)


Isla de Mona (Mona Island)

Mona was once inhabited by the Taíno indigenous tribe, used as a haven by pirates, and explored by guano miners. As a result, it’s filled with historically significant artifacts, archeological sites, and caves covered in ancient petroglyphs.

There are no hotels or infrastructure, nor are there any human inhabitants. The boat ride lasts from three to four hours and it’s a 45-mile voyage across the infamous Mona Passage. Being far away from the mainland, Mona is rich with endemic flora and fauna, making it a Caribbean jewel of biodiversity. There are hiking trails and two designated camping areas where you can set up a tent and enjoy the mesmerizing sounds of unspoiled nature.

If you have your own boat, you are allowed to visit the island’s surrounding waters but can’t venture onto the beach, since visiting the island itself requires a permit from the Department of Natural Resources of Puerto Rico. This is why it’s much easier to go with a tour operator that can take care of all of the logistics beforehand.

Staying overnight at Mona Island requires some preparation, so make sure to book weeks or even months in advance. Being a natural reserve, you must bring (and leave with) everything you might need for the duration of your stay, including fresh water and several days’ worth of food, among other camping supplies.

See: Faro de la Isla de la Mona (Mona Island Lighthouse)

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