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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  • Beautiful little island, with excellent beach and perfect for children and young people since the sea is calm in that area. It should arrive early to catch the boat that leads to beyond allowing for limitation of space being a small island only 100 people daily.
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  • Isla de Piñero is the real name of this little cay in the cost of Joyuda, Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico.( all nautical charts use this name as the official name for this cay) The locals named it "Isla de Rato...  more »
  • A great place with few waves, suitable for Snorkeling and Kayak coral reefs, neceistas take a boat to visit her has gazebos for activities, BBQ, excellent for children and adults
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  • If you have intentions of spending a day of beach at your private island... here you have it. Very early in the morning boats carry you until this place, where the waters are calm and its clean and white sand. The waves is melody for the ears. Don't miss this great opportunity, visit Island mice... is like being in paradise.
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  • Excellent experience, complete relaxation, everything clean, water crystal clear, very safe for children. We managed to see manta rays jumping. The cost of the boat is $5 per person round trip + $1 for each additional baggage, such as refrigerators, bultos, BBQ, etc.
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