Of all the earth’s natural wonders, there is nothing quite so rare or indeed spectacular as its bioluminescent bays.
If you want to experience this unparalleled phenomenon, then a trip to Puerto Rico is your best bet, with the country hosting no less than three of the world’s five glow-in-the-dark bays.
Where to Start Your Adventure
With its rich history, mouth-watering cuisine and beautiful landscapes, Puerto Rico offers the ultimate Caribbean paradise. Those visiting the island primarily for its bioluminescent bays have three stunning options to choose from.
Laguna Grande: By day, pristine sands and exhilarating water sports draw the crowds to Fajardo, which hosts one of the island’s most popular luminescent spots. As darkness descends, something truly magical happens.
Taking a kayak out on the water at night will give you a first-hand glimpse of the neon waters, which light up due to vast quantities of microscopic organisms gathering together.
Two Main Bays
Mosquito Bay: Officially recognised as the brightest bay on the planet, Mosquito Bay was nominated as one of the world’s seven wonders. And it’s easy to see why. Accessible by ferry or plane, this unique location makes the perfect choice for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Visiting during a new or crescent moon takes the surreal glow to a new level, heightening your adventure even more.
La Parguera: In Puerto Rico’s southwest in an idyllic fishing village, La Parguera is not quite as famous as its two counterparts. As a result, a tour on this side of the island is cheaper and benefits from fewer crowds. This is the only bioluminescent bay where swimming is allowed, granting a whole new perspective as the sea lights up around you.
Whichever bay you choose, or if you have time to visit all three, discovering the magic of Puerto Rico’s neon waters will be a bucket list addition to cherish forever.