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El Carnaval de Vejigantes

Vibrante el Car­naval de Veji­gantes Por Damarich M. Cal­vo Almod­ó­var La unión de famil­ias, vivir momen­tos imborrables, com­par­tir jun­tos como comu­nidad y no aban­donar la tradi­ción que por décadas los han dis­tin­gui­do. Estas poderosas razones con­spir­aron una vez más con el…

Punta Borinquen

Inac­tive since 1918, when the light­house was near­ly destroyed by a tsuna­mi. The light­house was an octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er with lantern and gallery, ris­ing from a 1‑story stone keep­er’s house, sim­i­lar to the Cabo San Juan light­house. Foun­da­tions and por­tions…

Punta Mules Vieques

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim, lantern black.  Restored in 1992, the build­ing for­mer­ly housed a small muse­um, the build­ing has dete­ri­o­rat­ed and is now closed to the pub­lic. Locat­ed on the east side of the entrance to the har­bor of Isabel­la Segun­da (Vieques)…

Puerto Ferro (Vieques) Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er ris­ing from the cen­ter of 1‑story stone keep­er’s house. Active light on skele­tal tow­er next to the light­house. Lantern removed.  Endan­gered by decay and lack of main­te­nance, the light­house has fall­en into ruin and has been added to…

Las Cabezas (Fajardo) Lighthouse

Tow­er paint­ed light gray with white trim, lantern black. The orig­i­nal 1‑story neo­clas­si­cal stone keep­er’s house is used as a nature cen­ter and marine lab­o­ra­to­ry oper­at­ed by the Col­lege of Humacao of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Puer­to Rico.  This beau­ti­ful and well-pre­served…

Isla de Cardona Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white; lantern is black. Orig­i­nal 6th order Sauti­er, Lemonier & Cie. Fres­nel lens is on dis­play in the Coast Guard Muse­um in San Juan. Marinas.com has aer­i­al pho­tos, Colón-Sepúlve­da has a his­toric pho­to and an aer­i­al pho­to of the island and…

Isla de Cabra Lighthouse

The Cei­ba light­house entered ser­vice in 1908. It was designed fol­low­ing the style used for the San Juan light­house (El Mor­ro), and con­struct­ed on Cabras Island, the east­ern tip of Puer­to Rico, oppo­site Vieques Island. The estab­lish­ment of a light­house at this loca­tion…

Guanica Lighthouse

Octag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal mason­ry tow­er attached to a 1‑story mason­ry keep­er’s house; lantern removed. The tow­er and and keep­er’s house are in ruins. The light­house was replaced by a buoy off­shore. This is a crit­i­cal­ly endan­gered light­house; the build­ing appears to be in…

Faro Punta Tuna

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black; the keep­er’s house is paint­ed cream with white trim. The orig­i­nal 3rd order Fres­nel lens, some­what dam­aged by van­dals, remains in the tow­er but is not in use.   In 2006, George Van Parys found­ed a sup­port orga­ni­za­tion called…

Faro Punta Figuras

Light­house paint­ed cream with white trim.  The orig­i­nal lantern and lens were destroyed by van­dals in 1969. By ear­ly 2001, the light­house was in very poor shape, with no roof and only scraps of its lantern; this earned it a spot on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List.…

Culebrita Lighthouse

Although a July 2006 pho­to shows the small mod­ern light in the shat­tered lantern, it is amaz­ing that this light­house is in ser­vice. As of late 2000, the build­ing is in ruins, severe­ly dam­aged by van­dals and by Hur­ri­canes Hugo (1989) and Mar­i­lyn (1995).  This is…

Caja de Muerto Lighthouse

Light­house paint­ed white, lantern black.  Poor­ly main­tained, the light sta­tion is on the Light­house Digest Dooms­day List,  holes in the roof are allow­ing rain to drench the inte­ri­or. Caja de Muer­tos is a small island in the Caribbean about 5 miles south­east of Ponce;…

Cabo Rojo Lighthouse

The light­house was ren­o­vat­ed in 1986, but there­after it was not main­tained and rapid­ly dete­ri­o­rat­ed through neglect and van­dal­ism. In ear­ly 2001 the light­house was in very poor con­di­tion. In June 2002 the city gov­ern­ment announced it would spend $4.5 mil­lion to…

Arecibo Lighthouse

A hexag­o­nal cylin­dri­cal stone tow­er attached to 1‑story stone office and keep­er’s house; 190 mm lens. Tow­er paint­ed white. The orig­i­nal lantern, removed many years ago, has been replaced by a restored lantern with an unpaint­ed cop­per roof.  This is the last light­house…

Isla Mona

Pyra­mi­dal skele­tal cast iron tow­er with cen­tral cylin­der, lantern and gallery. Orig­i­nal­ly paint­ed black, the light­house is now cov­ered with rust. The active light  is on a 40 ft  steel tow­er.  The light­house has dete­ri­o­rat­ed severe­ly since deac­ti­va­tion and is in…

Faro Hiquero (Rincon)

Tow­er paint­ed white; the gallery and lantern roof are black.  The orig­i­nal light­house was destroyed by the earth­quake and tsuna­mi of 11 Octo­ber 1918. The orig­i­nal lantern was installed on the new tow­er and remains in use today. The light­house is the cen­ter­piece of El…

Faro del Morro

Faro del Morro

A 51 ft square brick Moor­ish tow­er atop the bat­tle­ments of El Mor­ro (San Felipe del Mor­ro), the cas­tle-like fort guard­ing the entrance to San Juan har­bor.  Light tow­er paint­ed gray, gallery and trim white, lantern black. A 3rd order Fres­nel lens installed in 1899…

Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

Lighthouses in Puerto Rico

This is a list of light­hous­es in Puer­to Rico. The light­hous­es sys­tem of Puer­to Rico con­sists of light­hous­es that were built most­ly dur­ing the last twen­ty years of the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry. These served as guides to impor­tant marine routes. In 1869 the Span­ish gov­ern­ment…

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