Isla Mata la Gata & Isla Caracoles

Ponce & South Coast

These two mangrove cays lie less than half a mile offshore and are worth a visit. The sandy strands on the seaside are really the only places in La Parguera to spend a traditional day at the beach, but both are overused and the sand is not spectacular. You can come here with a rental boat or kayak, or with the boat operators (US$10 per person for a round-trip) at the Town Dock.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ponce & South Coast attractions

1. Isla de Magueyes & Isla de Monos

0.83 MILES

About 20yd south of La Parguera's Town Dock is Magueyes Island, which is used as a marine science station. The island was formerly a zoo and is now…

2. Malecón

1.15 MILES

La Parguera is one of the lucky towns in Puerto Rico to have benefited from a rejuvenation themed around making town centers more conducive to walking…

3. Bahía de Fosforescente

1.79 MILES

The once-glittering waters of Bahía de Fosforescente remain by far La Parguera’s biggest draw, but the environmental impact of boat tours and developments…

4. Laguna Cartagena

5.43 MILES

This lake, popular for fishing, abuts a tract of Refugio de Vida Silvestre Iris L. Alameda Martínez de Boquerón. It's accessed by a long straight track…

5. Casa Perichi

8.33 MILES

Situated on the San Germán main drag, this 1920s estate has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. Its eclectic architectural style,…

7. Casa Acosta y Flores

8.34 MILES

Built in 1917 in a crisscross of styles, this house to the east of San Germán's architecturally rich center exhibits elements of Creole, Victorian and art…

8. Iglesia de Porta Coeli Museum

8.37 MILES

A tiny museum inside San Germán's ancient Iglesia de Porta Coeli. It displays statues of the black Virgin of Montserrat, folksy carvings of Christ…