Beautiful Caja de Muertos (Coffin Island) is a hidden gem located in the south of Ponce. It is a great place to relax, enjoy spectacular views and have fun surrounded by the Caribbean Sea.
Among its natural attractions are four sandy beaches (Pelicano, Playa Larga, Carrucho, and Coast Guard), coral reefs, underwater seagrass, mangrove swamps, rocky coasts, a dry forest (typical of a semi-arid climate, with many cacti and thorny coastal weeds), caves, and nesting areas for birds and protected nesting areas for sea turtles.
It has facilities such as areas for swimmers, gazebos, picnic areas, sidewalks, changing cloth area, portable toilets, a dock, and surveillance stand. It does not have stores, so make sure you bring food and water.
The ruins of a historic lighthouse built in 1887are located in the top of the highest mountain. It is highly recommended to visit it and ware very comfortable shoes. Take lots of water because the hike is long and hot.
Caja de Muertos is a nature reserve under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. It has no permanent residents, except personnel of the Department of Natural Resources. It was designated as a nature reserve in 1980 mainly because of its heavy turtle traffic which is an endangered species.
Since there are no facilities at all, do not forget to take with you towels, suntan lotion, bug repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, water shoes, sturdy sole shoes for hiking, beach umbrella, beach chairs, waterproof phone case, plastic bags, underwater camara, change of clothes, first aid kit, motion sickness medication, life jackets, children beach toys, floating water mat, snorkeling gear, food and lots of water!
Island Venture takes you to Caja de Muertos Island aboard a comfortable ship equipped with refreshments and other amenities that will be available throughout your whole trip. The ship departs La Guancha Boardwalk in Ponce.
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