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Isla de Ratones, Cabo Rojo

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Isla de Ratones is a small island located near the Joyuda Lagoon in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The island is a popular spot for snorkeling.HistoryThe Island was originally known as "Piñas" or "Piñero" Island, or Pineapple Island. In the past the island was used to cultivate pineapple and Sugar cane crops. Later on for years the island was abandoned and was practically a dumpster, because of which the residents of Joyuda began referring to it as "Isla de los Ratones" or Island of the Mice, because of the amount of rodents that inhabited the island.During half of the twentieth century, the then owner of the Cerveceria India, Don Alfonso Valdés Cobián was one of the people in charge of the Island. During this time he began cleaning up the small isle.In 1988, the island was sold to MTV, who organized a fantasy island sweepstakes promoted by Cyndi Lauper. After several protests, nothing more was heard from MTV.Now the custodians of the Island are the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) and Tourmarine a private tourist company. They have a cooperative agreement to help in the cleaning and trash collecting because of the DRNA lack of personnel.As part of the annual "Tríalo de Joyuda en Cabo Rojo" or Joyuda Triathlon in Cabo Rojo, one leg of the event consist of reaching the island and returning.
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  • fun little island, easy to get to by boat taxi ($5 round trip plus $1 for cooler or large bag) there is a toilet and showers there. They do have sand fleas so either take a larger blanket or insect re...  more »
  • We visited one morning, second week of December. This is just before tourist seams starts ramping up again so other than one other family, we had this little spot to ourselves. The snorkeling was not ...  more »
  • Well kept and interesting place. Need to be taken but for $5 both ways it sure is a steal. Add $1 for each additional item. Has gazebos, trees to seat under, sand is sandy white and great for snorkeli...  more »