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Rosario Islands

The Rosario Islands – Paradise Minutes Away from Cartagena

While it’s easy to get distracted by the vibrant culture and historic charm of Spanish Colonial Cartagena, you can’t overlook the natural beauty of the bright blue waters, golden sands, and lush tropical vegetation that surround this gem of the Caribbean. Hands-down, one of the best places to visit while in Cartagena are the Rosario Islands. Everybody talks about “going to the islands”, so it’s no surprise that a trip there is relaxing, beautiful, and has felt like an exclusive destination for some time now. Referred to traditionally as Islas del Rosario or Corales Islas del Rosario (the Coral Islands of Rosario), this group of 30 separate islands form an archipelago of unparalleled tropical beauty minutes from Cartagena.

A Tropical Paradise Minutes from Cartagena

The Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) are a group of islands off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. They are a part of the municipality of Cartagena, but are closer to the port of Barú. The main island is uninhabited and is protected by the government of Colombia as a Bien de Interés Cultural (“Cultural Heritage Site”). A number of other islands are also within the group, including Isla del Rosario, the main tourist destination. The islands have some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in Colombia.

40 minutes by speedboat from the center of the city (or a little longer via a leisurely sailboat excursion), these islands offer beach bums and adventure seekers everything and anything they could possibly want in a Caribbean getaway. The beaches have everything you need: from snorkeling to stand up-paddling, there is plenty to explore here:

• Watersports – Flyboarding, Diving, Kite Surfing and Paddle boarding,
• Beautiful beaches – Baru, Playa Blanca and Cholon
• Undersea exploration
• Tropical drinks and authentic cuisine – Nena Beach Club
• Sun, sand, and surf

Let your imagination run free!

Pristine Oceans and Undersea Adventures

At 120,000 square kilometers The Natural Park Corales Islas del Rosario encircles the Rosario Islands and protects one of the most important coral reefs in the world. The ocean and sea floor in this National Park is a pristine natural world filled with colorful plant and animal life you won’t see anywhere else. This makes The Rosario Islands a once-in-a-lifetime getaway for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. (Amateur or professional? Tours and excursions can be organized that suit your experience and comfort level—we can even arrange scuba classes while you’re in the islands.) And if you’d like to add a little education to your vacation, visit the open-sea oceanarium. Home to a variety of sharks, giant sea turtles, and dolphins, the oceanarium is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Caribbean’s aquatic wildlife and learn about the importance of the marine ecosystem.

The Best Beach in Colombia

One of the biggest draws to the Rosario Islands is Playa Blanca in Barú. This stretch of golden sand has been repeatedly voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is certainly one of the most spectacular beaches in Colombia and a must-see while in Cartagena. Whether your idea of a perfect day involves splashing in the surf, diving to the depths, or simply sitting with your toes in the sand and a fresh drink in your hand, Playa Blanca will not disappoint. While there you can also sample local delicacies and traditional dishes like fried white fish with coconut rice.

A Day Trip or an Extended Stay in the Rosario Islands?

Excursion To The Rosario Islands. There’s no better way to see life outside the historic port city than by taking a boat trip., feeling the spray splash up to cool your sun-kissed face, and dazzling at the brilliant blue of the Caribbean waters.

Let us help you make the most of your time in The Rosario Islands—no matter what your ideal escape involves. We can effortlessly book excursions, classes, reservations, and property rentals in this tropical paradise just minutes from Cartagena.

Our private boats can accommodate up to 30 people. Lunch and drinks are provided throughout the day it can be optional to stay on a private home in the islands for a few days. Perfect! A day at the Islands is a perfect day in paradise. Start your journey now!

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Martha Hampton
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