Cardona Island Light, Ponce

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Cardona Island Light is the only 6th order lighthouse in Puerto Rico with a cylindrical attached tower. The light is located on Cardona Island, a small island on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It was listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 1981.
The light is located on a small 6acre key, west of Ponce Harbor. Cayo Cardona Light is the western minor light that together with Guánica Light connects Los Morrillos Light and Caja de Muertos Light and guides the entrance to the Port of Ponce. The island is accessible only by private boat, but it can be seen from the observation tower on the La Guancha boardwalk. It is not open to the public.
It was first lit in 1889 and automated in 1962. In 1942, during World War II, its use was discontinued, but was relighted again on November 10, 1943. The light is still an active aid to navigation.
Together with Guánica Light, Cardona Light is the western minor light which connects Cabo Rojo Light and Caja de Muertos Light and guides the entrance to a port that, during the course of last century, exported millions of pounds of sugar particularly to the United States. Architecturally, it is significant that it is the only 6th order lighthouse with a cylindrical attached tower. Also, the original brick roof and firewood beams are practically intact.
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  • Just 10 minutes ride from La Guancha, small island very clean and lot of signs that guide you through it. Have snorkeling area design for it, couple of wood booth to sit down eat or just relax. Great ...  more »
  • I recommend Isla Cardona if you want to spend a relaxing and spectacular beach day. Just 10 minutes by boat from THE Guancha in Ponce This super accessible and affordable prices, the little island there is a lighthouse that is obliged to visit by its history. Has and that carry what you are going to consume. The staff is super attentive and stay on the island with you so you can use the boat's bathroom if you need it. They Also rent beach chairs and parasols at a super price, we'll be back soon.
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  • Half the island is gone. A hurricane prior to Maria did that but now you have like 100 meters of 4ft deep water. Great for playing around.
  • Great place to have fun and stay relax for a while
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