Caja de Muertos: a mesmerizing natural reserve


Imagine yourself visiting a natural reserve that you can only get to through the sea, in which you can see marine wildlife, walk through trails with proper signage, observe the flora and fauna of a dry forest, take a picture of a lighthouse constructed in 1887, bathe in crystalline waters and contemplate a view that praises what a reserve should be!

The place that I’ve just described is the Natural Reserve of Caja de Muertos Island, which is characterized for its mesmerizing landscapes provoked by its white sand (of calcareous origin=from shells), crystalline waters and greenery. Said area was designated as a reserve in 1980, under the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources’ jurisdiction.

It also includes both “Morrillito” and “Berbería” cays. The island’s name comes from its topography, which resembles a casket. Nevertheless, some say its name gave origin to a tale of the pirate José Almeida, while others believe it has an indigenous origin. To visit this reserve you have to plan ahead because the trip depends on weather conditions.

Once at the reserve, you’ll perceive the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources staff’s enthusiasm, as well as its managing official, Mrs. María Teresa Chardón. At arrival, you’ll see its most recent certification, the Blue Flag for Pelican Beach.

The Blue Flag is an international recognition program that is awarded to beaches when they meet the criteria of: safety and service, environmental management, water quality, and environmental information and education. Pelican Beach in Caja de Muertos is the only reserve in the Caribbean with Blue Flag. So, this summer, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this natural reserve.