Out of all the places on the island, this post is going to be about my favorite location. Puerto Rico holds one of the most magical and amazing sightings of nature: a bioluminescent bay. What makes this so special is that there are only a few places in the world where this can be experienced; Puerto Rico has three of them.
It looks like something right out of a National Geographic magazine:
Unfortunately, it does not look as bright and vivid as seen in the picture, but trust me when I say that experiencing a bioluminescent bay is mind-blowing.
As for the science behind it, these very remote places in the world have these tiny microorganisms that glow when movement occurs. So if you reach over and splash the water with your hands, the water around brightens up as this blue light. Kind of like a giant glowstick!
The one that I have visited was on the southern part of the island at la Parquera. The second spot is in Fajardo, which is on the east side of Puerto Rico. Then third place is Mosquito Bay, an island off the eastern coast.
For those of you who rather travel to la Parquera, I’ll tell you that driving there is going to make you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. When you finally make it through a jungle-like area, you will find yourself in this very small town. Little shops, old houses, and not a chain restaurant for miles away.
Traveling to Fajardo will probably be the easiest commute. Fajardo is a town similar to Old San Juan with beautiful beaches and stores. To get out on the water, you have to kayak out through mangroves and reach this big bay where all of the organisms are found.
Making it to Mosquito Bay is different and can be more difficult. The bioluminescent bay is actually located out onto the water on an island, so the only way to get there is to take an hour boat ride. Even though I have never done the trip out, a couple of my family members have and told me that it is well worth it. Since the bay is very isolated, the bay’s light will be more visible at night.
The only problem with these magical bays is that luck is needed to be on your side. Sometimes visiting can either be a hit or a miss.
Rainy or windy weather? Nope.
Cloudy sky? Nothing.
Even the wrong phase of the moon can determine how well you can see the microorganisms appear.
The perfect set up to see everything clearly and bright is on a clear night with no clouds and a full moon. If those factors are in your favor, it might look just as dazzling as the pictures.
I highly reccomend everyone who visits Puerto Rico so spend a night in a bioluminescent bay. Nothing on this island is more magical than glowing water.