Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) Tours
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The Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) are a highlight of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, famous for their vibrant marine life, pristine white beaches, and sun-soaked beach resorts. A cluster of 28 idyllic islands dotted offshore of the port city of Cartagena, this archipelago sits atop the world’s third-largest barrier reef and makes up Islas del Rosario National Park.
Although many of the islands are private and therefore off-limits, the larger islands of Isla Grande, Isla Rosario, and Isla Caribaru draw a steady stream of day-trippers. Full-day tours from Cartagena often focus on Isla Barú, which lies closest to the mainland and houses attractions such as Playa Blanca, Playa Azul, the Bay of Cholón, and the fortresses of San Fernando and San Jose.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Be sure to take everything you need, as there are no shops on the islands. Sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a sunhat are essentials.
- Bring cash if you want to purchase food or drinks from beach kiosks—many do not accept credit cards.
- Wi-Fi can be scarce on the islands, but some resorts offer paid or free access.
- Many passenger ferries and private boats to the Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.
How to Get There
The Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) are located roughly 60 miles (100 kilometers) off the coast of Cartagena and are reachable only by boat. Fast boats take about 45 minutes to reach the islands, embarking from La Bodeguita Pier in central Cartagena.
When to Get There
The region’s dry summer (December through February) is the most popular time to visit the Rosario Islands, and resorts can fill up quickly during this time. Thanks to the mild Caribbean climate it’s possible to visit year-round, and off-season visitors can benefit from reduced rates on tours and accommodation.
Marine Life of the Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario)
The crystal-clear waters and colorful coral reefs of Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park (Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y San Bernardo) offer ample opportunities for water sports, especially snorkeling and scuba diving. Those venturing underwater can admire calcareous algae, anemones, sponges, dusters, and sea lilies; spot exotic marine life including spadefish, clown fish, barracuda, moray eels, and manta rays; or head to the Oceanary on Isla Rosario to see sharks, giant sea turtles, and dolphins.
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario)
Experience the natural beauty of Colombia’s Rosario Islands on this all-day excursion. After a convenient pickup at select hotels, head to the archipelago with an informative local guide and spend the day and check out an island that once belonged to Pablo Escobar, enjoy a delicious complimentary meal and kick back in a hammock at Gente de Mar, and relax with a drink at Cholon Island.
Explore the pristine beaches of the Rosario Archipelago and Baru Island aboard a private yacht on this 6-hour day trip from Cartagena. Pilot a course for adventure aboard a 40-foot (10-meter) yacht heading to the San Fernando and San Jose Fortifications that once guarded the city from pirates. The continue into the turquoise-blue waters of the Rosario islands, enjoy the great snorkeling and gorgeous scenery. Finish the day with beach time and a chance to purchase a tasty seafood lunch at Baru. Round-trip hotel transport, plus towels, floating tubes and refreshments are included.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario)?
The best ways to experience Rosario Islands (Islas del Rosario) are:
- Exclusive Full-Day Trip on the Islands, Cholon and Gente de Mar from Cartagena
- 40ft Private Yacht to Rosario Islands & Barú
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