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.
The 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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Isla de Ratones Reviews
Cool little island. If you can find a spot in the small beach is a great place for camping and relaxing. Just use your anchor, there's no facilities but some rusted poles. But cool place. more »
Nice little key good when you have kids. The only thing is that to catch the boat (price of the boat ride is fine) you have to be there really early. more »
My beautiful Red Cape. My Cradle and Alma mater. How I miss you.
Go to the island after Hurricane Maria I understand that it is not available since the pier where the boat was picked fell. If someone has knowledge if they are working and can report it. Island of mice is a nice and cosy place for a family picnic.
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