Gatas (Ponce)

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Coordinates: 17°57′49″N 66°37′05″W / 17.96361°N 66.61806°W / 17.96361; -66.61806

Gatas
Gatas (Ponce) is located in Puerto Rico
Gatas (Ponce)
Gatas (Ponce, Puerto Rico)
Geography
Location Ponce, Puerto Rico
Coordinates 17°57′49″N 66°37′05″W / 17.96361°N 66.61806°W / 17.96361; -66.61806
Area 0.053 km2 (0.020 sq mi)
Country
United States
Commonwealth  Puerto Rico
Municipality Ponce
Barrio Playa
Demographics
Population 0
Density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)

Gatas is a small island in barrio Playa in the municipality of Ponce in southern Puerto Rico. The island is home to the Club Náutico de Ponce, a private sports complex, and it is located south of La Guancha and the Port of Ponce. Together with Caja de Muertos, Morrillito, Ratones, Cardona, Isla del Frio, and Isla de Jueyes, Gatas is one of seven islands in the municipality of Ponce.[1][2]

Location and geography[edit]

While geographically it is considered an island on its own right,[3] Gatas is actually physically attached to the Puerto Rico mainland, thanks to the construction of a dike in the 1950s. In this sense it now a cape more than an island in the strictest sense.[4] The dyke grew the original one-acre island to the current 13 acres (0.053 square kilometers).[5]

Gatas is located at latitude 17°57'49"N and longitude -66°37'05" (Latitude. 17.96944°, Longitude. -66.6175°)[6] The island, located 0.2 km south of the mainland Puerto Rican shore across from Punta Penoncillo, extends 0.5 km west from Punta Caranero to the east.[7][8]

The island has an elevation of 10 feet,[9] and it has a beach on the western side.

Development[edit]

The island is a small low island and fully developed thanks to the construction of the Club Nautico de Ponce and its marina.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neysa Rodriguez Deynes. Brevario Sobre la Historia de Ponce. Second Edition. Government of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce. 2002. Page 9. Printed by Impress Quality Printing, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
  2. ^ CityMelt. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ Bahia de Ponce and Approaches. BookletChart. Chart Number 25683. US Government. NOAA. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. ^ Isla de Gata, PR. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  5. ^ Yacht Club of the Month: Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club. All at Sea:Caribbean. September 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  6. ^ Traveling Luck:Ponce Yacht Club. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  7. ^ West Indies Pilot, Volume 1. United States Hydrographic Office. Page 599. Fourth Edition: 1922. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  8. ^ Bookletchart: Bahia de Ponce and Approaches. U.S. Navy. Chart number 9. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  9. ^ Isla de Gata, PR. Retrieved 5 May 2011.

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