Bahia Sucia Beach

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Although Bahía Sucia translates to mean "Dirty Bay," this little stretch of paradise could not be more clean and beautiful. In fact, this beach is so popular amongst locals that it is recommended that you avoid it on weekends and holidays. However, a trip to the bay on a week day could be just the quiet reprieve you've been looking for.

Located on the western coast of the island of Puerto Rico, 10.6 miles south of Cabo Rojo, You should think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying very close. Bahia Sucia Beach stands out because it's one of the best spots for escaping the hustle of Puerto Rico's urban areas. Other nearby beaches you'll come across in Puerto Rico may be just as breezy and refreshing, but tend to be more crowded because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

How to Access The Beach

You can access Bahia Sucia via a pocked dirt road at the end of Route 100. Driving a vehicle with four wheel drive is recommended. You'll park by the lighthouse and hike down to the sandy shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

Shaped into a crescent, Bahia Sucia features gold colored sand that leads to bright turquoise waters that are shallow, calm, and warm. Views from the shore include the lighthouse and a set of mysterious cliffs.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

Bahia Sucia Beach offers an angelic and peaceful getaway, in part because the region surrounding the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Bahia Sucia Beach on the South West coast of Puerto Rico. It's located near Cabo Rojo Lighthouse, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

If you want to learn more about the history of Puerto Rico, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. The nearest historical attraction is Mayaguez Memorial, which is some ways off the coast, but it's not a bad trip if you've got a car.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in Puerto Rico. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Bahia Sucia Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Cabo Rojo Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.3 SW Puerto Rico
Lunas Art And Craft Art Gallery 10.6 N Puerto Rico
Club Depotivo del Oeste Golf Course 11.3 N Puerto Rico
Museo Historico de Las Piedras Museum 12.9 NE Puerto Rico
La Parguera Nature Reserve Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 13.1 E Puerto Rico

Cities and Towns

La Parguera is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Bahia Sucia Beach, La Parguera isn't out of reach at nine and a half miles (15 and a half kilometers) away.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can appeal to guests from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors will find a decent selection of hotels and resorts to pick from near the beach. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Bahia Sucia Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bahía Salinas Beach Resort & Spa 1.1 NNW Hotel
Boqueron Beach Hotel Cabo Rijo 6.2 N Hotel
Wildflowers 6.2 N Hotel


While there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're willing to drive a bit. One of the nearest restaurants is Agua al Cuello, which is just a little ways away.

Nearby restaurant options are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Bahia Sucia Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Agua al Cuello (787) 254-1212 Creole, Eclectic Informal 1.1 mi. NNW
La Casona Bar & Grill (787) 458-5223 Spanish Fine Dining 3.2 mi. NNW

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Bahia Sucia Beach in Puerto Rico.

You might also enjoy Combate Beach, situated a quick car or cab ride away. On the other hand, Ana Beach could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other tourist hot-spots. It's found six miles to the east.

You may also want to consider Boqueròn Beach, located not a great distance away, which means a short cab ride is an easy option. The quaint and colorful Boqueraan Beach is an enchanting beach full of local culture. There's plenty to do in and out of the water, from watersports to land activities.

Perhaps Bahia Sucia Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Puerto Rico you might like.


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