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 might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Bahia Mosquito stands out from other beaches because it's one of the best spots for escaping the typical tourist haunts. Other nearby beaches in Puerto Rico may be just as refreshing as Bahia Mosquito, but are usually more crowded because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby


Set on the South East coast of Isla de Culebra; it's located near attractions like Culebra Museum of History, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historical attractions such as Flemenco Tank provide a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Bahia Mosquito, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Puerto Rico, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, this site can be found four and a half miles from this place of historical significance.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

The nearby town of Culebra Pueblo is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may encounter guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a good amount of hotel rooms a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options have been displayed in the list below.

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


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Restaurant Guava. This restaurant offers a menu of eclectic cuisine. They are also known for serving chicken and seafood. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurants.

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

Bahia Mosquito is just one of many beaches you can visit on Isla de Culebra.

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

Of course, Puerto Rico has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Bahia Mosquito could end up a family favorite.


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