Mona Island PR 13-A
The Isla Mona Lighthouse is the only metal tower lighthouse in
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
Mona Island PR 13-B
lighthouse is no longer in use and looks to be in
In fact I just heard it is probably
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.
IF we had taken the boat to Mona, we still would have had to hike
the lighthouse. Looks like quite a hike, doesn't it?
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
hunters fed bananas to the giant iguanas and the iguanas
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
I really was disappointed that we weren't able to get closer
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
Here is Professor
Mari-Mutt's article about Mona.