Mona, Puerto Rico – an intact treasure
Puerto Rico is known worldwide for its pristine beaches and luxury resorts. Travelers come to this Caribbean island paradise to take advantage of the natural beauty and luxurious Resorts of Puerto Rico. What many fail to experience are the ‘pristine’ natural wonders found in this fascinating country.
Located in the Mona Passage, Mona Island is something you don’t read much about. This nature reserve is a flat plateau surrounded by stunning cliffs on most sides. In Mona, you will find many species that are in danger of extinction or that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. It is for this reason that Mona is often compared to the Galapagos Islands.
Take a tour of Mona and you will find countless species of animals. On land, the Mona Iguana roams the island freely, but cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You will also find several species of rare birds. In the ocean, several endangered species of sea turtles swim freely among pristine mangroves and rich coral reefs. If you are lucky, you will be able to see dolphins or humpback whales.
Most visitors spend a lot of time exploring the island. With so much to see, this can keep your attention throughout your visit. For ocean lovers, Mona has been said to offer some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean. Healthy coral reefs, clear visibility, and warm waters draw ocean lovers from around the world to this island paradise.
Camping in Mona
You won’t find any hotels in Mona. In fact, the only way to spend the night is to pitch a tent inside. Camping is allowed on three different beaches and is restricted only on weekends during hunting season.
Getting to Mona
Access to Mona can be made from the towns of Mayagüez and Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico. Rental boats take visitors to the island. Since the trip takes 6 hours, you may want to plan to spend at least a couple of days.
The next time you are in Puerto Rico, consider spending a couple of days of your vacation in the natural wonder that is Mona Island.