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 Mona Island Lighthouse
Puerto Rico
PR 13

Mona Island PR 13-A

The Isla Mona Lighthouse is the only metal tower lighthouse in Puerto Rico
 and far different from all the others. It was rumored that
 It's claim to fame was that it was built by the man
who built the Eiffel Tower.
This is not true, and a friend in Puerto Rico gave me
permission to use info from his blog.


 



Mona Island PR 13-B

 This lighthouse is no longer in use and looks to be in
 bad shape.
 In fact I just heard it is probably beyond
saving.  Too bad.  A very unusual structure and
at one time, very beautiful.

 

Mona Island PR 13-C

Our first plan was to take a boat to Mona Island....
50 miles off the Coast of the main Island of Puerto Rico. 
 It turned out to be expensive, the Straits of Mona are very
dangerous the time of year we were there, and  we ended
 up finding a private pilot who flew us there for a VERY reasonable fee.
Thanks, Pete.

 


IF we had taken the boat to Mona, we still would have had to hike
 to the lighthouse.  Looks like quite a hike, doesn't it? 
 We were told that no one lives on Mona, there are only
 wild goats and GIANT IGUANAS existing there.
We were also told not to wear yellow shoes if we hiked there. 
 When we asked "why"?  We were told that the divers and
 hunters fed bananas to the giant iguanas and the iguanas
 would chase us, thinking our shoes were bananas.
 Was someone pulling our legs?  I'll tell you, they might
 have been, but if we HAD hiked to the lighthouse,
there is no way any of us would have worn yellow shoes.
I really was disappointed that we weren't able to get closer
to this lighthouse.  It looked very interesting and  worth some
 attention and closeups.

Read my article in an October 2004 Lighthouse Digest

(Of course at that time, I mistakenly said it was designed by Eiffel)

Here is Professor Josť Mari-Mutt's article about Mona.