Paisa Tours: Guide to Medellin and Colombia


North Colombia & Caribbean Coast:
Rosario Islands
Santa Marta
Park Tayrona
Ciudad Perdida
La Guajira
San Andres
San Bernardo Islands

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Rosario Islands

The idyllic Rosario Islands (or Islas del Rosario as they are known in Spanish), are a group of some 30 very small islands protected by a National Park. Boats depart every morning (none in the afternoon) from Cartegena, and the scenic trip takes 90 minutes. The Rosario Islands are very unspoilt and relaxing, and the locals are very welcoming to visitors. Activites include a bike tour of the main island, birdwatching, kayaking, a visit to the Aquarium for a look at some large fish, but above the main activity is chilling out on the lovely beaches. These coral islands don't have many beaches, but the few that are present are clean and generally relaxing.

Many tourists who visit the Rosario Islands are rather disappointed - normally because the destination has been over-hyped or mis-sold to them. Take note that there is next to nothing to do on these islands other than sunbathe or swim in the sea. If you are happy doing absolutely nothing after a busy few days in nearby Cartagena, the Rosario Islands are a good place to relax (although the beach hawkers are unfortunately increasingly persistent). It's also worth noting that the few beaches that are present are all very small, and can get crowded, especially during the high season when they fill up with day trippers from Cartagena (a day trip from cartagena costs about US $50). Those travellers seeking a more extended visit to a beach orientated island will find that the idyllic Providencia Island is far more relaxing, authentic, peaceful place, and one that has a far wider variety of activities to offer. Having said this, the Rosario Islands are worth a visit - but for one or two nights only!

Rosario Islands Hotels

There are only a handful of hotels in the Rosario Islands - all are very small, and some have better beach access than others. Unfortunately, all of them get extremely mixed reviews so check before you visit! Pick of the bunch is probably San Pedro de Majagua, a lovely hotel with 3 beaches nearby. San Pedro's de Majagua's main flaw is it's poor service (or at least it was when we visited in July 2007 - and subsequent reviews suggest it continues to be problem). Other hotels in the Rosario islands include Hotel Isla del Encanto, Isla del Pirata hotel, Isla Tijereta hotel and Hotel Kokomo. Hotel da Pietro also has a hotel on the Rosario Islands.

Check out this video of the Rosario Islands.

Rosario Islands:
Rosario Islands, Colombia
Colombia's Rosario islands, or Islas del Rosario, have excellent beaches.

Rosario Islands beaches
Beach at San Pedro de Majagua, Rosario Islands.

Islas del Rosario, Colombia
Islas del Rosario

Private Island in Colombia's Carribean
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