Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources
Mona Island is an important habitat for many rare birds and other animals, such as the endangered Mona iguana. Ocean depths between Mona Island and Puerto Rico reach over 3,000 feet. This lighthouse was reported to be in poor condition in early 2001. According to historical accounts, it was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower. Former Coast Guard keeper Todd Bliven writes: " It was the best duty I had in the Guard. I want to go back and camp, and scuba, relive some of my best times. The Island was mined three time for bat droppings to make gunpowder. The east end of the Island is filled with caves. It was said the Germans had a sub base in the underwater caves."
Tower Height: 52
Height of Focal Plane: 323
Description of Tower: Black, square, pyramidal, cast iron skeletal tower.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is not operational
One-story wood and steel keeper's dwelling.
Date Established: 1900
Date Present Tower Built: 1900
Date Deactivated: 1976
Date Automated: 1973
Current Use: Part of nature preserve.
Open To Public? Grounds only.
For information on reaching Mona Island from Puerto Rico, call Encantos Ecotours at (800) 272-7241. The lighthouse is accessible via trails from camping areas.
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: Agustin Suárez Cruz (?), Todd Bliven (U.S. Coast Guard, 1970)
Nearby Lodging: Camping is allowed on three beaches on Mona Island. You can apply for a camping permit from the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources -- (787) 724-3724.