I know I’ve mentioned it here and there on this blog before, but after a recent visit, I’m very tempted to name Bahia Sucia at Cabo Rojo my favorite beach in Western Puerto Rico. (now, this is a very big claim because the West coast is FILLED with FANTASTIC beaches) We had family in town last week, so we took a day trip down to Cabo Rojo to see the lighthouse and have a quality day at the beach(note: this time of year it is only open Wed – Sun if you want to go inside for a quick tour – you can still explore the grounds if it’s closed). It had been several months since I’d been down to Cabo Rojo and it just reminded me how much I love it there.
Bahia Sucia is located down a pothole-filled dirt road off the very end of Route 100, to the lower left of the lighthouse. Perhaps the funniest part is that Bahia Sucia means “Dirty Beach” which is exactly the opposite of what you’ll find there. (I’m sure this was the attempted trick of someone long ago to deter visitors and keep this amazing spot hidden!) The small bay is filled with the warmest, turqoise water and lined with a gorgeous white sand beach. The sand as soft and fine as I’ve ever found, the water is calm and perfect for swimming, and if you go in the middle of the week, there’s certain to be very few people there. Try to avoid weekends or holidays, since this beach is popular with locals, it can get crowded at times, but if you do it right it will certainly feel like you’re own private paradise. Pack a cooler with lunch and drinks and find a niche in the trees and you’re set for the day.
If you want a little excersize, hike up the hill to the lighthouse and explore the stunning cliffs surrounding the area. You can walk pretty far on the network of paths and trails and will get fantasic views from every vista. (see the pic below) Paradise in paradise? just might be….