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Caja De Muertos

Caja De Muertos
November 12th, 2014

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:




Caja de Muertos offers tourists and locals the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle in Ponce. You can follow the hiking trails to reach a cave and a 19th century lighthouse. You can also see endangered flora and fauna that you may not be able to see anywhere else. The trail from the park to the lighthouse is about a mile long and it’s basically packed dirt so if you’re thinking of hiking when you’re there, make sure to wear durable shoes.

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.

Getting There

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.


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Round trip ferry tickets cost $25 for adults and $20 for kids (11 years old or younger).

Tips to Remember

If you would like to spend a day in Caja de Muertos, here are some helpful reminders:

  • First, make sure you bring your own drinking water. There is no fresh water on the island so potable water is virtually nonexistent. You may also opt to bring some water to wash away saltwater after swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving.
  • Bring your own food and drinks. There are no restaurants or stores on the island.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. These things are necessary if you plan to go hiking.

Visit Caja de Muertos and you can look forward to a day of tranquility, relaxation and fun.




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