Top 10 Puerto Rico Cays and Islets

Puerto Rico is surrounded by over a hundred of beautiful cays, islets and tiny islands. Visiting the different types of beaches of our tiny and small cay, Islets and islands is a must. They should all be included in your Puerto Rico things to do and places to see lists. All of them are different and special at the same time. There are various ways to access, discover and explore them… all by water. It could be on a kayak, on a motorboat, a pirate ship, a catamaran and on an aquatic bike! During the fall, winter and spring seasons they are usually secluded and relaxing as opposed to Holy Week, holiday weekends and the summer months when the locals are on vacations as well.

It is very important to inform that these cays, islets and tiny islands do not have any facilities at all. So, our general advice is 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, life jackets, motion sickness medication, children beach toys, floating water mat, snorkeling gear, food and lots of water!

All these activities and their content are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend you to verify before participating in them. Top 10 Puerto Rico is not responsible for its final performance nor your safety when visiting these cays, islets and tiny islands, and participating in the mentioned activities. 

Note: The difference between islet and cay is that islet is a small island while cay is a small, low island largely made of sand or coral. Source: https://wikidiff.com/islet/cay

Top 10 Puerto Rico Cays and Islets

Jobos Bay´s Islets and Cays

This is an ideal option for visitors that like marine environments, but do not like the adventures of visiting uninhabited cays and islets, sunbathing and swimming. Paseo A La Bahia offers boat ride tours within Jobos Bay. It is located in…
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Cayo Aurora (Guilligan’s Island) Guánica

It is very popular among locals and is one of Puerto Rico’s cays you can’t miss. In the mid 70´s it wasnicknamed Gilligan’s Island after the popular tv show. Cayo Aurora, the cay’s formal name, is a mile off the coast of the town of …
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Mata La Gata Cay, Lajas

Mata La Gata Cay is located in the southwest coast specifically off La Parguera in Lajas. This mangrove cay is surrounded by extremely clear, shallow and tranquil waters, and it is part of a spectacular collection of mangrove cays, and…
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Cardona Cay, Ponce

Enjoy one of the prettiest beaches in Puerto Rico!  In this tiny uninhabited cay located at the entrance of the Bay of Ponce you will find crystal clear blue waters, very good snorkeling, trails to explore around, greats views of the City…
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Luis Peña Cay, Culebra

Cayo Luis Peña is a nature reserve which forms part of the Culebra National Wildlife Refuge. It is located on the west side of Culebra Island. Most of the time it is extremely quiet because very few people visit it. Few people visit it…
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Desecheo Island, Rincón

Desecheo Island is a snorkeling and scuba diving paradise! It is one of the best places to dive in Puerto Rico! It has fantastic visibility (as deep of 150 feet) and untouched healthy reefs full of colors, fish and marine life. It is…
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Piñeiros Island, ceiba

Beautiful Piñeiros Island is located southeast of Fajardo and is one of 140 cays, islets and islands of the Archipelago of Puerto Rico. This small and mountainous island lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It is…
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Icacos Cay, Fajardo

Icacos is a small, uninhabited cay off the coast off Fajardo. Fajardo, located on the east coast, is the boating capital of Puerto Rico. It is deserted island full of pristine beaches, white sand and clear blue waters and a great place to…
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Culebrita Island, Culebra

This spectacular coral small island is located off the East coast of Culebra.  It is a true deserted beach paradise…truly unspoiled with pristine natural resource and crystal clear water. It is perfect for the nature lover traveler that is…
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