I had heard many stories about Mona Island and its wonders, but nothing I had seen in photos or videos honored this paradisiacal natural beauty. Mona, name derived from the Indian arauco chief “Amona” is characterized by its steep rocky coastline. There are two camping sites on the Island for visitors’; one near Sardinera Beach and another near Pajaros Beach. From the entrance of its marvelous caves, Lirio Cave being the most popular, you can sight views that seem taken out of a magazine.
In complement “Cueva de Agua” or Water Cave has an entrance that anticipates an adventure by way of an opening that ends in a water chamber, described as a special place for the Gods. A visit to the light house takes you on a journey through history. The views and quietness give you a sense of being in another world. Mona’s flora is predominantly composed of cactus and shrubs.
Mona’s endemic iguana (Cyclura stejnegeri) is distinctive of its fauna, as well as, a great diversity of birds and exotic species such as wild goats and pigs. An important fact about Mona is that it is considered the most important and largest nesting area for the endangered Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Puerto Rico and one of the most important in the Caribbean.
Mona Island Natural Reserve is administered by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, agency responsible for issuing visiting permits to the island for camping and research purposes. For more information you can contact 787-999-2200 extensions 5610 or 2847.