Caja de Muertos is a Spanish term which means “box of the dead.” But that should not stop you from planning a visit to this island. Also known as Coffin Island or Dead Man’s Chest, Caja de Muertos is an uninhabited island where you can find the best beaches in Ponce. It is located 8 miles off the coast of Ponce and stretches for 1.5 miles.
Activities on the Island
When your boat arrives in Caja de Muertos, you will see a map of the entire island and there are also signs placed in various areas in the park which will give you some interesting tidbits about the island’s history and flora.
You can explore the different beaches on the island which include Playa Pelicano, Playa Larga, Playa Ensenadita, Playa Blanca and Playa Chica. The Playa Pelicano (Pelican Beach) is designated as a Blue Flag Beach which means that the quality of the ocean water here is monitored. Here is a great video showcasing some of the island’s beauty:
If you enjoy snorkeling, then you’ll be delighted to know that Caja de Muertos has some of the best snorkeling spots in Puerto Rico. In fact, in southern Puerto Rico, it ranks second to La Parguera for snorkeling spots. For a more exciting adventure, you can try a low impact scuba dive at the 40ft Wall, just off the shore of the island.
This beautiful island is one of Ponce’s best-kept secrets so if you’re ever in the area, make sure to visit it. The only way to do that is to travel by boat. There are boats that will take you to the island but only on holidays and weekends, and the trip takes about 30 minutes. You will need to go to La Guancha, where you can find the ferry that will take you to Caja de Muertos. The boat leaves at 830AM from Fridays through Sundays, but during high season they usually operate daily.
Tips to Remember
If you would like to spend a day in Caja de Muertos, here are some helpful reminders:
Visit Caja de Muertos and you can look forward to a day of tranquility, relaxation and fun.