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Islas de San Bernardo - Beach Tolú - Colombia

In an effort to attract affluent clientele and foreign revenue, the Colombian tourism industry has recently begun actively promoting the tiny 10-island archipelago of San Bernardo, which is part of PNN Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo, founded in 1977. Tours include visits Isla Palma, with its ecological park and ill-equipped aquarium; El Islote de Santa Cruz, a tiny fisherman’s community built on top of the sea and one of the most densely populated islands in the world; Isla Mucura, which is known for its beaches; and Isla Tintipán, known for its mangrove forests. Be warned that locals on Isla Mucura tend to overcharge for beach chair rentals. A Norwegian couple has a small hostel on Isla Palma ($28 per person).

Tolú, Colombia

Beach Types:
Beach, Fauna observation, Bars, Sunbathing, Restaurants

Getting There

Tours to Islas de San Bernardo can be arranged through any of the club náutico on Avenida La Playa or through your hotel. The excursions supposedly leave at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m., but may leave later and return earlier. Rates run $31-35, depending on the company and season; and includes transportation, aquarium entry fee and lunch.

If you plan to stay on Isla Palma, talk with a local fisherman who’ll charge $11 one way for the one-hour ride out; arrange for pick-up in advance. Nautical clubs charge $17 for this same service, and $20 round trip for same-day trips.

Travel Tips:

If you are here during high season you are advised to book your space in advance.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: None

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
21 Jun 2011

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