Isla Mona, Puerto Rico
All these photos can be
ordered, use the state # (ME12) for example
and the A, B or C,
if there is more than one.
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's claim to
fame is it was built by the man who built the Eiffel Tower. This
lighthouse is no longer in use and looks to be in bad shape.
Mona Island PR 13-B
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.
Mona Island PR 13-C
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
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.