Bahia Mosquito

There are three bioluminescent bays in Puerto Rico. One of them is on the island of Vieques and it is called Bahía Mosquito. Designated as a wildlife preserve, this location claims to have some of the highest concentration of phosphorescent dynoflagellates -- the organism that makes the water glow at night -- in the world.

The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has restricted swimming only to those who are on officially licensed tours in order to preserve the bay.

Located on the island of Isla de Culebra, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Vacationers who seek a stunning shoreline in a secluded part of town should venture a little farther from the city, and a little closer to Bahia Mosquito.

How to Access The Beach
To view the bio-bay, drive east on Sun Bay Road, preferably with a vehicle that has four wheel drive, until you see the glowing water.

Amenities and Ambiance

Due to the high concentration of phosphorescent dynoflagellates, Bahía Mosquito features waters that glow bright green, like the color of a glow stick, under the night sky.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South East coast of Isla de Culebra; the area hosts attractions such as Culebra Museum of History, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you want more information on the history of Puerto Rico, some of the nearby attractions offer a historical perspective of the country. One of the nearest historical attractions is Flemenco Tank, which is four and a half miles away.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Bahia Mosquito
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Culebra Museum of History Museum 1.3 mi. NW Isla de Culebra
Culebra Museum Museum 1.5 mi. NW Isla de Culebra
Culebrita Lighthouse Lighthouse 2.7 mi. ENE Culebrita
Flemenco Tank Historical Site 4.6 mi. NW Isla de Culebra

Cities and Towns

Bahia Mosquito is very close to Culebra Pueblo, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The closest town is Culebra Pueblo, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of places to stay a car ride away. A list of the closest options can be viewed in the following table.

Accommodations near Bahia Mosquito
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Club Seabourne Boutique Hotel 1.7 mi. W Hotel
Vigias Guest House 2.1 mi. NW Hotel
Villa Bohemeac 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Posada La Hamaca 2.3 mi. W B & B
Mamacitas Guesthouse 2.3 mi. W Hotel
Casa Ensenada Waterfront Guesthouse 2.4 mi. W Hotel
World of Kokomo Hotel 2.4 mi. W Hotel
Palmetto Guest House 2.7 mi. WNW Guest house
Culebra Beach Villas 3.9 mi. NW Hotel

Food

When you're starving for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Restaurant Guava. This restaurant has eclectic food. They are also known for their chicken and seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's not far off the beach at all.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown below.

Restaurants near Bahia Mosquito
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Restaurant Guava (787) 742-3169 Eclectic Informal 1.7 mi. W
El Eden (787) 742-0509 Caribbean, International -- 2.3 mi. W
Mamacitas Restaurant (787) 742-0090 Caribbean, Fusion Very Casual 2.3 mi. W
Zaco's Tacos (787) 742-0243 Mexican Very Casual 2.4 mi. W
Pan Deli (787) 402-3510 -- -- 2.4 mi. W
The Spot (787) 726-7993 Bistro -- 2.5 mi. W
Heather's Pizza (787) 742-3175 Italian -- 2.5 mi. W
El Batey Bar de Papa (787) 742-3828 -- -- 2.5 mi. W
Cafe Isola (787) 742-0203 -- -- -- --
El Oasis Pizzeria (787) 742-3175 Italian -- -- --
Morgans Ice Cream Shop (787) 742-1060 -- -- -- --
Pico De Gallo (787) 240-2896 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Isla de Culebra has many nice beaches, so if Bahia Mosquito doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

You may also enjoy Playa Manzanilla, which is located a half mile to the southeast.

Puerto Rico has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and Bahia Mosquito is just one of the many options.

 

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