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Friday, April 30, 2010

Mona Island, Puerto Rico

I've already introduced some of the characters from my book Enchanted Island. Now, I'd like to highlight one of the locations in which the story takes place. Without giving away too much of the story, the main characters end up on a small Island nearly 50 miles from Mayagüez Puerto Rico. Mona Island is described by some, as similar to Galápagos Island. The island is closer to the Dominican Republic, but its history is connected to Puerto Rico. The island was visited by Columbus and Ponce de Leon back in the late 1400's and early 1500's. There is evidence of Taino villages and artifacts pertaining to the history and culture of these gentle people. The island is home to the Mona Iguana, which makes an "appearance" in my book :). The iguana is only found on Mona Island.

Mona Island is kept by the Department of National Resources. There are no permanent inhabitants except for resident biologist and rangers. The sub-tropical island has limestone cliffs with plenty of caves. It's said to have the best snorkeling and scuba sites in the Caribbean. There are beautiful beaches, with one of them allowing camping on its grounds. Special permits are required for camping. Mona Island is not a five-star resort but, rather, a retreat for people who love hiking,exploring, and basically roughing it. There are only 100 people allowed on the island at one time. Most people travel to the island by chartered boat.

So if you're looking for a great adventure, look no further. Find answers to questions about traveling to Mona Island here:

In the beginning of my book, four young friends take a trip to Mona Island. Out of jealousy and spite, one of the characters causes a near fatal accident for another. It's on Mona Island, that a chain of supernatural events start taking place. Mysterious happenings, bring the four friends back to Mona Island years later. Together, the friends learn about love, friendship, and the law of Karma. Find out what happens, in a final showdown on Mona Island!

Mona Island
Scuba diving
Beach on Mona Island
Mona Island Iguana
Cliff side

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