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.

Situated on the island of Puerto Rico, 10.6 miles south of Cabo Rojo, You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Love beach-going but hate the crowds? Extra space is just one of the perks that comes with finding a beach that isn't surrounded by thousands of hotel rooms; the lovely, less-traveled shores of beaches like Bahia Sucia Beach are usually more relaxing than those overrun with fellow travelers.

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, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Bahia Sucia Beach brings visitors a calm and peaceful escape, in part because the surrounding region is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Bahia Sucia Beach on the South West coast of Puerto Rico. Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is located a quarter mile away, and it is among the attractions in the vicinity.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Museo Historico de Las Piedras (located within the range of a cab) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of Puerto Rico.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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

Bahia Sucia Beach is close to La Parguera, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. La Parguera is nearby and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Bahia Sucia Beach, La Parguera is located roughly nine and a half miles (15 and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

There is a fairly wide assortment of booking options to choose from in the area that encircles Bahia Sucia Beach. The closest of which can be seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Bahia Sucia Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bahía Salinas Beach Resort & Spa 1.1 NNW Hotel
Wildflowers 6.2 N Hotel
La Jamaca 9.3 ENE B & B


While this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you're willing to venture a little farther away. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Agua al Cuello, which is just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

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

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Puerto Rico besides Bahia Sucia Beach worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Combate Beach, found a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might like Ana Beach. You'll find it six miles to the east.

Another location you may want to try is Boqueròn Beach, located not too far away, meaning a quick ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go. 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.

You may find that Bahia Sucia Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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