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 nearby. There are plenty of advantages to visiting a beach that isn't lined with high-rise hotels; relatively untouched parts of the coast like Bahia Mosquito are usually more relaxing than those overrun with fellow travelers.

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, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Set on the South East coast of Isla de Culebra; the area is home to other attractions such as Culebra Museum of History, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Puerto Rico, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Flemenco Tank, which is just a quick taxi trip away.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

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 an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded.

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may encounter guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

You'll find a moderately varied selection of hotel rooms which can be reached in the car. A few of the more convenient options have been displayed 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

If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Dakity Restaurant. This restaurant serves delicious Caribbean food. Visitors often rave about their seafood.

Some nearby restaurant options are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Bahia Mosquito
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Dakity Restaurant (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Informal 1.4 mi. WSW
Shipwreck Bar and Grill Bahia Marina (787) 278-5100 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. WSW
Gio by Gio (787) 742-0535 Caribbean Informal 1.5 mi. WSW
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 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Isla de Culebra, so if Bahia Mosquito doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Manzanilla, which is located only a short distance away.

Of course, Puerto Rico has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Bahia Mosquito is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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