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Where is Desecheo Island?

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Where is Desecheo Island?

Hi there.....wondering if anyone can advise if Desecheo Island is anywhere near Isla de Vieques? If so, how far away is it and how do you get there from Isla de Vieques.....Also, which is better, Isla de Vieques or Culebra? Are accommodations cheap...how much?

Thankans! Jilli

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1. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

Desecheo Island is located in the west coast of PR.

http://www.rinconpr.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desecheo_Island

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2. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

It's on the opposite end of the Island -- the mid NW corner. Some excursions for Desecheo depart from Rincon. Vieques is usually accessed from Farjardo. You'd either need a great boat or drive from one end of the main island of Puerto Rico to the other to get from Vieques to Desecheo.

I like Culebra and Vieques equally. Culebra is more remote and less inhabited.

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3. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

Culebra is a municipality and it has all that a munincipality has, like judges, schools, a mayor & local police and legislature, restaurants, and it has many inhabitants for it's size, as well as second home owners and visitors, whereas Desecheo is NOT inhabited nor is it a municipality. Some people sleep there but by no means it is a place to "live" like in Vieques or Culebra. Desecheo is pretty off the beaten path and the trip is rough because you find yourself at the Mona Passage. Last month an experienced diver got lost and never found. The strong currents took him away, while his companion was able to swim to shore and saved himself. Vieques is just bigger than Culebra, but the same thing. I personally prefer Culebra. It is more private and laid back, less unsopiled and less crowded.

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4. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

Just got back from a vacation where we visited Rincon for 3 days and then Vieques for 3 days, so thought I'd drop this in.

From San Juan, we drove to Rincon on the far west side of the Island. Going TO Rincon, we drove around Highway 22/2. Coming back, we drove down to Ponce and then up through the mountains. Personally, I preferred that. About 30 miles or so further by distance, but less time on the string of stoplights known as Highway 2.

While in Rincon, we went out to Desecheo every day. Twice with Taino Divers for scuba diving and once with the Makaira (Capt Pepe Alfonso) for marlin fishing. Caught one marlin, about 200 pounds. The diving was great. The snorkelers liked it too.

Desecheo is not only uninhabited, you are not supposed to go on it at all. But it was beautiful in a barren, wasteland sort of way. The rats, monkey, and goats--all introduced--are ruining the vegetation.

From San Juan we flew to Vieques. It was great. You can still swim in the bioluminescent bay (and you should). We had Garcia Beach to ourself for half a day. The southern beaches are unimaginably beautiful. They weren't empty, but you could have all the space you needed.

Had a tremendous meal at Blue Macaw and a nice stay at Casa Ladera. The three joints in Esperanza were also good.

Overall, liked Puerto Rico a lot. And the driving was much less scary than some people claim. But the traffic on Rte 2--and I'm sure other divided highways with stop lights--was pretty heavy.

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5. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

I meant to add: the person who wrote above was confused about Desecheo Island and Mona Island. You CAN spend the night at Mona Island, but not Desecheo. And the Mona Passage IS hairy, but Desecheo Island is NOT in the Mona Passage. Finally, Mona is way out there off Puerto Rico--takes hours by boat. Desecheo takes about a half hour and the trip is bumpy but fine.

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6. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

Hello again. Not confused at all. Mona Island (and Monito islot) are about 1.5 hr from Rincon, but maybe less from the southwest. Desecheo is northwest of Mona and, yes, much closer to Rincon, about .5 hr. The Mona Passage is the 80 miles that divide PR from Hispaniola (Dom Rep & Hailti) where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Once you leave the big island of PR and head west, you are technically in the "passage" (Desecheo is at the beggining of it, where the waters are not so rough as they are closest to Mona and Monito which are smack in the middle of the passage). That is why the bumpy sea to Desecheo, even so close to Rincon. Unlike Mona, you can visit Desecheo and even camp there, but you need a permit. The roughest waters of the Mona Passage are north of Mona and northwest of Desecheo and PR, actually, some of the deepest ocean waters on earth. The Mona Passage gets very nasty in the fall & winter months because of the Atlantic north winds and currents, among other phenomenoms.

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7. Re: Where is Desecheo Island?

You don't need a permit to go to Mona, and there are excursions there all the time, as well as a campground.

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