Experience the pleasures of an uninhabited island with aquamarine waters, rugged hiking trails with celestial views, a pirate’s cave and underwater treasures…
Book Tour to Caja de Muertos
Caja de Muertos was designated a nature reserve in 1980, managed by DNRA (Department of Natural Resources). Caja de Muertos is a haven for endangered turtles, birds, and sea life. The reserve possesses fauna and flora only found here. The high season is in the summer months, weekends, and holidays with a local crowd. During the regular “high season” for tourists from Dec. – April, you may be enjoying the island without crowds.
Attractions & Things to Do in Caja de Muertos Island
The Beaches of Isla Caja de Muertos
The island of Caja de Muertos offers a unique beach experience, the water has a gorgeous turquoise color unlike any other beach in Puerto Rico.
- Playa Pelicano in Caja de Muertos was awarded the first Blue Flag Award located at a Nature Reserve in the Caribbean. A beautiful beach with clear calm waters perfect for swimming. Playa Pelicano is the most popular and accessible beach on the island and located on the west side between the dock and Cerro Morrillo.
- Playa Blanca – also known as Playa Coast Guard
- Playa Larga – not accessible
- Playa Ensenadita also known as pocitas
- Playa Chica also known as Playa Carrucho
Hiking in Caja de Muertos Island
Caja de Muertos Island offers an educational hiking trail with very rewarding views when you reach the top as well as ruins from a lighthouse.
Caja de Muertos Lighthouse
Nestled on the highest point of the island you can visit a historic 1887 lighthouse. Two trails lead to the lighthouse which sadly is in very poor condition. You are not allowed to enter for your safety, however you may walk around the perimeter of the lighthouse to admire it’s unique architecture. The real reward are the majestic views from the observation tower on the south side of the lighthouse.
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Birding in Isla Caja de Muertos
Caja de Muertos is a protected bird nesting site. Playa Pelicanowas named after the pelicans that hang out by the beach on the boulders and the stilts that remain from an old pier.
Other birds you’ll be able to observe:
- Boba prieta (Sula leucogaster) – these birds are the most prevalent on the island.
- Boba Pardo (Sula leucogaster) – these seabirds nest in Cayo Morillito.
- Zorzal Pardo (Margorops fuscatus) – the most abundant land bird.
- Chirre de Pico Colorado (Phaethon aethereus) – this bird nests in Cerrillo Morillitos.
Facilities & Getting to Caja de Muertos Island
Facilities in Isla Caja de Muertos
The island offers a visitor’s center, gazebos, DNRA office, an educational center, composting bathrooms and changing rooms.
Everything you need for the day, you must bring;
- pack a cooler with food and drinks
- hand sanitiser and wipes / toilet paper in case you need to use the restrooms.
- any medications you may need, etc.
- beach chairs and umbrellas (you may also rent them from Island Ventures)
Getting to Caja de Muertos Island