Along Puerto Rico’s southwestern coast lies the BioluminescentBay, known for its plant life,
which glows when disturbed.I visited
the bay with my father and my two young kids.
never seen the bay, but my dad remembered seeing boats full of people headed
for the BioluminescentBay leaving from the beach hotspot
La Parguera, so we piled in the car and drove to La Parguera.It turned out La Parguera was a farther drive
than we had anticipated, and by the time we arrived it was after .We parked our car and hurried over to the
docks. The streets were lined with lively bars, with voices and laughter
floating out into the night. I worried that the docks would be closed down, but
no, they were still operating.You see,
the glowing plants are best seen at night, so much of the BioluminescentBaytourist traffic occurs after
purchased tickets for the next boat leaving, which was already docked and
boarding.As we approached the ticket
taker, he advised us to buy some drinks before we boarded, assuring us that we
had plenty of time.We popped into the
closest bar, and came out with a beer, coke, and a small but tasty piñacolada,
which had all cost a total of $5.
boat was a large ferry, with open sides and benches for passenger seating.We cruised out into the black night, first
the music, then the bright lights of La Parguera fading away like smoke.
reached the BioluminescentBay, the captain turned off the
engine and the lights and the passengers all crowded at the railings.Two wetsuit clad young men jumped off the
side of the boat and swam around while an announcer explained what they were
doing and gave information about the bay.As the men moved, the pale green glow of the plants shone in the inky
black water. Beautiful and amazing.