ReDiscover Puerto Rico: Isla Caja de Muertos, Ponce, Puerto Rico

It is extremely hard at times to keep up with all the photographs I have taken in the last few years and then also trying, in one way or another, to write a small story or find a quote to accompany them. Most of my blog posts and photographs have been posted in chronological order as they have happened. However, sometimes I see multiple stories within a photographic series where I sometimes choose only a small part of the story to blog about.

Since the devastation of the back to back hurricanes that hit the island of Puerto Rico back in the Fall and the passing of my Dad on the island just days after Hurricane Marie hit, I am longing to go back.

I thought I would post some more photographs of some of parts of the island that I have visited in hopes it will inspire you to one day visit Puerto Rico. Most know San Juan is steeped in island history, but so are must municipalities and the few small islands that are also part of Puerto Rico.

Isla Caja de Muertos, is a day excretion and must be booked in advance.  Usually limited to 60 guests per day since the island is a Nature Reserve.  In my opinion, it’s worth the $65 or so cost to spend the day relaxing and exploring on this tiny island (price includes, transportation, light food and drinks). Take the hike through the dry forest up to the old lighthouse dated 1887 and there you can take in the panaramic view of the tiny island and witness the shades of blue colored sea.  Breathtaking to say the least.






Sea Fans scattered along Playa Pelicano4W4A7017


This beautiful striped stone has been adopted and now lives with me in Indiana. 🙂4W4A7028-2

Pebbles come in various colors and textures and can have streaks, known as veins, of quartz or other minerals.4W4A7008-2

Sea waves polish pebbles into rounded corners.  4W4A7050-Edit-2

Playa Pelicano – Remaining stilts from an old pier have become a resting place for birds.4W4A7041-2

Frigate Bird is a family of seabirds called Fregatidae which are found across all tropical and subtropical oceans.4W4A7045-2

See that Lighthouse…wayyyyy over there! Let’s go hiking! Bring lots of water…which I forget in my excitement. :/ Temperatures in the dry forest can reach near 100 degrees at high noon. (I was slightly dehydrated by the time I had gotten back by the boat…not good and careless.) It is about a 4 mile hike roundtrip over some rocky terrain. This is Playa Larga (long beach) and is a protected stretch of beach for nesting sea turtles.


The dry forest cactus towering over 20 feet or more tall.4W4A7099

Jaguey is a wild fig tree. It starts life as a typical tree, but then it grows roots from its branches, sometimes forming ‘root jungles’. It often grows around other trees, eventually strangling them. Some bats and birds eat the figs and disperse the seeds.


At the top of the trail as you reach the lighthouse.4W4A7113

Faro de la Isla de Caja de Muertos is the historic lighthouse located on the tiny  uninhabited island. Be careful as you walk around the lighthouse, this is a very old structure built in 1887. The lighthouse is kept locked for the safety of the visitors and no entry is allowed due to its deterioration. The historic lighthouse has also been plagued with vandalism, which is sad to see.





Forest greens, aquamarine shores and deep blue seas.4W4A7144

Playa Larga is a protected and not accessible beach on the southeastern side (the open Caribbean Sea side) of the island which is reserved for nesting sea turtles.4W4A7145

(N)orte y (S)ur (North and South…pretty obvious)4W4A7147-2





(O)este y (E)ste  (West…is not so obvious if you are not familiar with directions in Spanish.)4W4A7166-2











Watch your step…rocky part of the trail.4W4A7208

The folks in this photograph gives you a perspective of how tall the cactus are in the dry forest.4W4A7218-2








Freight shipping port in Ponce.4W4A7400

Ponce Yacht Club4W4A7423



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