Mata La Gata Cay is located in the southwest coast specifically off La Parguera in Lajas.
This mangrove cay is surrounded by extremely clear, shallow and tranquil waters, and it is part of a spectacular collection of mangrove cays, and mangrove channels that form natural pools that are protected by an extensive coral reefs ecosystem. All of them together make up the area known as La Parguera Nature Reserve (a coastal mangrove forest). This reserve is home to lots of colorful small fish manatees, sea turtles, barracudas, dolphins and over 60 species of birds both local and migratory.
Mata La Gata is one of the largest cays of the 30 cays and islets of the area and it a great place to snorkel.
It is administered by the Department of Natural Resources and is the only cay and islet in the area that offers the following facilities: a dock, a boardwalk through the mangrove, restrooms, compost toilets, picnic tables and areas, open air shelters, and an ocean pool fenced to the bottom enclosed with its own a boardwalk.
Mata La Gata original name was Mata which means bush in Spanish. Years after a female cat, in Spanish is Gata, suddenly appear on the cay and the fisherman started to refer to Mata Cay as La Gata de la Mata which means literally The Cat of the Bush……as time went on its name was modified to Mata La Gata.
Since there are no facilities at all, do not forget to take with you towels, suntan lotion, bug repellent, sun hat, sunglasses, water shoes, sturdy sole shoes for hiking, beach umbrella, beach chairs, waterproof phone case, plastic bags, underwater camara, change of clothes, first aid kit, life jackets, children beach toys, floating water mat, snorkeling gear, food and lots of water!
They are different and diverse transportation options to get to Mata La Gata: kayaking, renting your own boat, renting a boat with a captain, water taxis, and even aquatic bikes! Choose your favorite!
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