Puerto Rico is an archipelago, various islands and cays, Vieques & Culebra are the only inhabited islands. Mona Island, off the west coast and Caja de Muertos off the southern coast are two of the most popular uninhabited islands.
Even today the offshore islands of Puerto Rico are still considered vacation secret spots, and those that get to experience them, quickly learn begin to believe on the meaning of love at first sight. Once you see one island, you will want to visit them all.
All the islands have one thing in common, during high season (mid December – mid April) you will find no crowds, natural landscapes, no high rise buildings, just natural beauty.
Vieques Island (Isla de Vieques) – East
One of hottest Caribbean destinations now…. Vieques…home to the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world and an island where you’ll spend your days exploring the many beaches with crystal clear waters you’ll have to yourself and stopping on the roads for the hundreds of paso fino horses that roam free around the island. Those that visit Vieques can’t help but return every year, it’s truly a unique and magical place. More about Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
Culera Island (Isla de Culebra) – East
A wonderful vacation destination. A big part of the island is a nature reserve, keeping Culebra green, lush and protected from over development and an eco-traveler’s paradise. Isla Culebra has been a long time secret spot for retirees and a snorkelers paradise with live colorful coral reefs. The island has been popular for sailors, Isla Culebra has many smaller islands which are classified as natural reserves with incredibly clear crisp Caribbean waters. More about Culebra Island, Puerto Rico
Mona Island (Isla de Mona) – West
Ever wanted to go to the Galapagos Island?, you don’t have to go that far and there’s no passport required. Come to Puerto Rico and get to Isla de Mona known as “The Galapagos of the Caribbean”. If you’re one of the lucky ones to set foot on this secret treasure, you can enjoy secluded gorgeous beaches, go hiking and cave exploring, snorkel and scuba dive on health coral reefs and camp under a starry sky. More about Mona Island, Puerto Rico.
Desecheo Island (Isla Desecheo) – West
This island off the town of Rincon on the west coast is popular among scuba divers for it’s walls and off the grid feeling when you’re there. You must schedule a tour to visit these islands.
Palomino Island (Isla Palomino) – East
More about Palomino Island, Puerto Rico
Coffin Island (Caja de Muertos) – South
A small treasure and the place to go for the perfect beach day if you’re staying in the town of Ponce or the southern region. Take a short ferry ride and enjoy the uninhabited island with gorgeous beaches, a lighthouse, and walking trail. Snorkel the underwater trail on clear waters, hike to the lighthouse, go bird watching and simply relax on a secluded island you may end up having all to yourself if you go during the week. More about Caja de Muertos.
Perfect little island, a scene of Pirates of the Caribbean, a romantic setting with Captain Jack Sparrow and his love Angelica. Need we say more? It’s simply gorgeous.
Isla de Cabras – North
A short drive from San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico you can enjoy a few hours at this beautiful park with gorgeous vistas of Old San Juan and El Morro. At Isla de Cabras you can visit Fortin San Juan de la Cruz (El Cañuelo), one of San Juan National Historic Sites. Isla de Cabras is located in the town of Toa Baja, here you can enjoy walking, jogging, picnicking and great photography opportunities.
Isla Ratones – Southwest
No…there are no rats on the island… “Rat’s Island” is a very small island off Joyuda in Cabo Rojo on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico. The waters are shallow and clear perfect for children and you can do a little snorkeling. Daily trips leave to the island in the mornings. More about Isla Ratones, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico