Cayo Mata La Gata

Lajas, Puerto Rico

Perfect for snorkeling FUN


Cay Mata La Gata is part of Natural Reserve of La Parguera in the city of Lajas Puerto Rico. This small island is one the most popular locations during summer time for most of Puerto Ricos locals. The only way to get to mata La Gata is by water, just drive to La Parguera and there you would find multiple facilities that act like water taxis. You can also rent a kayak but I leave that to your choice. With just a 15 minutes boat drive you are going to be on this little paradise. 

In the Island Mata La Gata the first thing to notice is a big deck where the boats dock to take passengers in and out. This little pier also act has natural pool, under the wood floors it have a net, protecting the area from big fish, jellyfish, etc... On the corner of this pier there is a life guard on duty and at the end of the harbor just continue inside of the island. The deck road take you in the mangroves trees  with informational signs to learn more of this natural habitat. 

The water most of time is very clear and pristine, the green mangroves trees and sky color make the water look turquoise blue. The mangroves trees make this cay feel totally natural, beautiful and interesting. The Department of Natural Resources of Puerto Rico administrate this cay and they built some educational signs and preservation information.

The Cay Mata La Gata have some facilities but do not expect kiosks or business facilities, this is a natural reserve so anything here is just for recreation and enjoyment. That leave us to tell you to bring anything that you may need to eat, drink or need.  

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Island Facilities


Picnic tables





Things to do in

 Mata La Gata

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The water visibility is excellent most of the time and the if you feel more adventurous, there is reef wall close by. This area is very transited by boats, so if you are going to do some snorkeling or diving be sure to bring a floater to make yourself notice. 

The facilities in Cay Mata La Gata includes: composting bathrooms, picnic tables, gazebos, lifeguard and pier harbor natural pool. 

The Island Mata La Gata gets very crowded on weekends and popular holidays, our recommendation is to get early and spend half of the day on it and if its possible come other day beside Monday (it is closed).

Island Mata La Gata is a beautiful cay with some beautiful sea life. It is family friendly, great for some snorkeling and have a great time with family and friends. La Parguera is must visit place in Puerto Rico, so be sure not to miss this one!



Things that you may need to bring:


Snorkeling gear



Hand sanitizer

Insect Repellent


Toilet Paper

Water & Drinks


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Cayo Mata La Gata Information


These designated days and times are the itinerary of the first and last trip using the Ferry (in between trips every 2 hours)The Department of Natural Resources closed this cay on Mondays.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Island Mata La Gata have a maximum capacity that holds 200 visitors per day


Island Admission are FREE 

You may inquire on Fees related with the boat trip or rentals in order to take you to Mata La Gata island

Rentals for water taxis cost around               $5 - $10

 (Round trip)

There are other private places that rent kayaks and may have different offers.

It is time to Relax 

Enjoy every sunrise and get in love with every sunset. Lajas have great places to stay, relax and delight from this beautiful city. Stay close from the main attractions, the gorgeous paradise and live in the moment.

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A Paradise of Flavors

Delight your appetite with the Caribbean flavors. Lajas have a great variety of gastronomic restaurants. A paradise of flavors in every bite. There is something for everyone, from seafood to steak, just take look.

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