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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San Bernardo Islands

From Cartegena, most people travel East to the fantastic beaches of Park Tayrona or to Ciudad Perdida. A beautiful alternative and less visited route is to the west along Colombia's Carribean coastline.

San Bernardo Islands

On the Western stretch of Colombia's Caribbean coastline, in Sucre department, one finds the rarely visited areas of Tolu, Covenas and the islands of San Bernardo. The ten small islands and fine beaches of San Bernardo are the real travel highlight of this area. To visit you must travel overland by bus (or private vehicle) from Cartegena to Monteria or Sincelejo, from where you can travel onwards. The region is very much undiscovered by international tourists, but very popular with Colombians.  It's a good place to get off the Gringo Trail.  During high season (late December to January & Easter Week) this part of Colombia area is heaving - whilst outside of such high seasons it is normally quite quiet.

From Tolu one can travel by boat to the island Isla Palma, where Decameron has a 5 star beach resort and dolphins are often spotted. The swankiest place to stay at is the exclusive Punta Faro on Mucare Island. Alternatively, Isla Tintipan has simple cabanas that accommodate up to 12 people, while Isla Muruca has basic cabanas (at a place named Estrella de David) for up to 22 guests.

An alternative is to use Tolu or Covenas as a base to visit San Bernardo Islands. Tolu is more of a port town, while Covenas is a much more pleasant place to stay, with much finer beaches in the surroundings, though less tourism infrastructure. Consider Hotel Golfo de Morrosquillo, Cispatá Marina Hotel, Ibatama del Mar, Hotel Caribe or Villa Babilla Hotel in Tolu, or Hotel La Fragata in Covenas. Another hotel in the area is Hotel Los Delfines. There's dozens of other hotels along the coastline between Tolu and Covenas in addition.

Various tours can be made from Covenas. A popular trip is to kayak or go by boat to see the egrets of the swampy Cienaga, or to the nearby volcanic mud baths.

Carribean Coast:
San Bernardo Islands, Colombia
San Bernardo Islands, Colombia

San Bernardo
San Bernardo Beaches.

Covenas, Colombia
Covenas beach.

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