10 Best Rosario Islands Hotels & Resorts: Where To Stay

My detailed analysis of the best Rosario Islands hotels to compare and quickly find the accommodation that’s right for you.

🛑 Stop making mistakes when choosing your hotel on the Rosario Islands. Start discovering your best options and easily decide where to stay.

Finding the perfect hotel in the Rosario Islands can be tricky. So, I spent 8 days checking out the best spots myself.

I didn’t just rely on my own experiences, though. I also dug into online reviews and ratings to see what other travelers thought.

This way, I can give you a complete guide to help you pick the right place for your trip.

Here is what you’ll get:

  1. Discover the top hotel picks tailored to your budget and taste.
  2. An in-depth analysis to decide between Isla Grande, Isla BarĂș, and Isleta.
  3. Learn about the main mistakes travelers make when visiting the Rosario Islands and how to avoid them effortlessly.
  4. Find out the best time to visit these idyllic islands for an experience that’s both magical and crowd-free.
  5. Uncover essential tips on what to do before booking your hotel to ensure your stay is nothing short of spectacular.

Who are we 👋

Since 2015, Adrien, Alejandra, and I (Tom) have been helping travelers explore Colombia. Here, you will find everything you need to fall in love with this beautiful country easily.


My Favorite Hotels

Romantic
  • Where:
    Isleta (near Isla Grande): 1h from Cartagena by boat.
  • From 244 USD
  • 4.4
  • Description:

    Coralina Island is a romantic retreat, ideal for couples craving privacy. Its rooms, each with a private deck overlooking the Caribbean, offer a unique blend of French-Colombian culinary delights. Managed by the affable French owner Pierre and his dedicated team, the hotel promises an intimate and personalized experience.

For families
  • Where:
    Isla Grande.1 hour from Cartagena by boat.
  • From 269 USD
  • 4.4
  • Description:

    Isla del Sol in the Rosario Islands is a family paradise, boasting a sandy beach and pool perfect for kids' fun and parents' relaxation. Opt for the spacious "Deluxe bungalow" for a family-friendly stay with a balcony and hammock. Enjoy walks or included kayak trips around Isla Grande.

Good Deal
  • Where:
    Isleta (near Isla Grande): 1h from Cartagena by boat.
  • From 150 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    I found Eco Hotel Islabela to be a standout choice for a genuine, value-rich stay. Nestled among lush greenery, its bungalows offer a serene escape, each facing a charming private beach. The warmth and hospitality of the local staff really stood out to me, serving decent meals with genuine smiles. I enjoyed the simplicity and comfort of the rooms, perfect for a relaxed island experience.

Budget
  • Where:
    Isla Grande. 2 hour from Cartagena by public boat.
  • From 65 USD
  • 4.4
  • Description:

    ï»żEl Hamaquero captivated me with its natural beauty and tranquil setting despite some privacy issues in the bathrooms and basic dining options. Nestled by the water and surrounded by trees, it offers a serene escape with activities like snorkeling. The rustic charm of its affordable dorms and private rooms adds to the allure, making it a worthwhile, budget-friendly retreat.

Newest Resort
  • Where:
    North of Isla Baru. 30 min by boat or 60 min by car.
  • From 390 USD
  • 4.6
  • Description:

    Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a breathtaking retreat, boasting a beautiful beach and luxurious rooms with ocean views. Its serene ambiance, enhanced by top-notch facilities and friendly staff, makes it perfect for couples seeking tranquility. While the hotel offers exciting water sports, be mindful of the pricey, yet average-quality dining options.

Luxury Resort
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru. 1 h from Cartagena by boat.
  • From 462 USD
  • 4.5
  • Description:

    Las Islas resort is a luxurious haven with 55 private cabins offering breathtaking views of Isla BarĂș. The resort blends privacy with elegance, especially in its treetop and sea-level bungalows. While the activities and friendly staff impress, you might not be impressed by the cuisine.

Romantic
Where:
Isleta (near Isla Grande): 1h from Cartagena by boat.
From 244 USD
4.4
Description:

Coralina Island is a romantic retreat, ideal for couples craving privacy. Its rooms, each with a private deck overlooking the Caribbean, offer a unique blend of French-Colombian culinary delights. Managed by the affable French owner Pierre and his dedicated team, the hotel promises an intimate and personalized experience.

For families
Where:
Isla Grande.1 hour from Cartagena by boat.
From 269 USD
4.4
Description:

Isla del Sol in the Rosario Islands is a family paradise, boasting a sandy beach and pool perfect for kids' fun and parents' relaxation. Opt for the spacious "Deluxe bungalow" for a family-friendly stay with a balcony and hammock. Enjoy walks or included kayak trips around Isla Grande.

Good Deal
Where:
Isleta (near Isla Grande): 1h from Cartagena by boat.
From 150 USD
4.5
Description:

I found Eco Hotel Islabela to be a standout choice for a genuine, value-rich stay. Nestled among lush greenery, its bungalows offer a serene escape, each facing a charming private beach. The warmth and hospitality of the local staff really stood out to me, serving decent meals with genuine smiles. I enjoyed the simplicity and comfort of the rooms, perfect for a relaxed island experience.

Budget
Where:
Isla Grande. 2 hour from Cartagena by public boat.
From 65 USD
4.4
Description:

ï»żEl Hamaquero captivated me with its natural beauty and tranquil setting despite some privacy issues in the bathrooms and basic dining options. Nestled by the water and surrounded by trees, it offers a serene escape with activities like snorkeling. The rustic charm of its affordable dorms and private rooms adds to the allure, making it a worthwhile, budget-friendly retreat.

Newest Resort
Where:
North of Isla Baru. 30 min by boat or 60 min by car.
From 390 USD
4.6
Description:

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a breathtaking retreat, boasting a beautiful beach and luxurious rooms with ocean views. Its serene ambiance, enhanced by top-notch facilities and friendly staff, makes it perfect for couples seeking tranquility. While the hotel offers exciting water sports, be mindful of the pricey, yet average-quality dining options.

Luxury Resort
Where:
South of Isla Baru. 1 h from Cartagena by boat.
From 462 USD
4.5
Description:

Las Islas resort is a luxurious haven with 55 private cabins offering breathtaking views of Isla BarĂș. The resort blends privacy with elegance, especially in its treetop and sea-level bungalows. While the activities and friendly staff impress, you might not be impressed by the cuisine.

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Where to stay on the Rosario Islands

Basically, there are 2 areas where you can stay in the Rosario Islands.

1# Best hotels In Isla BarĂș

Isla baru Plastic chair blue water

Isla BarĂș is a blend of vibrant and serene experiences—and the largest Rosario Island.

Depending on where you stay, your experience will be completely different. Here’s how to choose your area.

Read my analysis of the best hotels in Isla Baru

Where to stay in Playa Blanca

Sofitel BarĂș Calablanca
Credit: Sofitel Calablanca

Playa Blanca is the most beautiful beach on the Rosario Islands.

The issue is that it suffers from mass tourism, leading to poor management of tourist flow and very basic facilities. Challenges include running water issues, power outages, numerous beach vendors, and noise. However, these last two drawbacks disappear around 5 pm when the day tourists leave.

Here are 2 hotels that I found above-average:

If your budget allows, you can escape the crowds by staying at the Sofitel Calablanca, the newest resort in the Rosario Islands. Its facilities are incredible. There, you can enjoy a private beach and infinity pools, offering a more exclusive experience.

Where to stay in Bahia Barbacoa

Bahia Barbacoa is a quiet area where few travelers go. 

Why that?

Because the beach is not as beautiful as Playa Blanca, the water is green-blue-brown because of the nearby rivers. Also, the pebbles/dead corals replace the soft sand.

But that shouldn’t hold you back! The area is peaceful, and you will be able to quickly access the different tourist attractions (using your hotel’s services).

Hotel Playa Manglares is the best place to stay in Bahia Barbacoa. This hotel is a haven of peace where you can eat deliciously well.

Where to stay in the South of Isla barĂș

Hotel Las Islas
Hotel Las Islas

The south of Isla BarĂș offers luxury stays amidst mangroves, ideal for a more secluded experience.

The town of Baru is close by, and it’s lively, especially on weekends – locals really love their parties! So, if you prefer a quieter stay, it’s better to pick a hotel a bit further from the town.

Some hotels face Isla Cholon, a pleasant but bustling area. It’s known as the party island, so expect it to be lively until about 4 pm.

The southernmost part is much calmer, with some boutique hotels and resorts. It takes a bit longer to get there, around 1 hour and 30 minutes, but it’s worth it if you’re looking for tranquility. The beach here isn’t as stunning as Playa Blanca, and the water isn’t that vivid turquoise, but it’s still pretty nice and a good spot if you want to relax.

Why stay on Isla BarĂș

Isla BarĂș is the most visited island from Cartagena. Travelers like it because you can get there by car and visit the famous National Aviary during your trip.

If you’re looking for a quiet & comfy spot, skip Playa Blanca, and head to Bahia Barbacoa or the South of the island.

It’s not on Isla BarĂș that you’ll get that paradise-lost-in-the-Caribbean feeling.

In that case, you should take a boat to Isla Grande!

Best hotels on Isla Grande

Beach Sol y Papaya Isla Grande

In Isla Grande—only accessible by boat from Cartagena—, your experience largely depends on where you stay. It’s a bit pricey for Colombia, but worth it for the right spot.

Important: Note that you can’t arrive and leave whenever you want—except if you book a private boat. You’ll have to take the boat’s hotel with the daytrippers around 9 am and depart from Isla Grande around 2 – 3 pm.

Where to stay in Isla Grande

Isla del Sol
Credit: Isla del Sol

Staying on Isla Grande is a real treat for me. It’s the freedom to stroll around that I adore. I can hop from one beach club to another or wander into the village for a tasty meal. It’s this casual, laid-back vibe of exploring at my own pace that makes Isla Grande so special to me.

On a budget? El Hamaquero is a great pick with basic amenities, a friendly vibe, and a great view of the ocean.

For those craving white sand, Hotel Rosario de Mar and Isla del Sol are ideal, handling your boat transfers too.

Where to stay in Isleta

Islabela Day Trip
Credit: Islabela.

Isleta, a small island opposite Isla Grande, offers limited space for exploration due to its size. However, it’s here where I found the best value-for-money hotels, set in a stunning environment.

Seeking tranquility? It’s challenging with day-trippers around, but quieter options exist in Isleta (just in front of Isla Grande), like Coralina Island or Islabela.

Why stay in Isla Grande

Sol y Papaya Isla Grande

Stay in Isla Grande to enjoy the paradisiacal scenery of the Rosario Islands. Once there, there are few activities to do. Take a kayak to venture out to sea and wander through the mangroves. Snorkeling enthusiasts will also be delighted as there are some lovely reefs nearby.

Book a private Rosario island

Isla Pelicano Aleja

Yes, you can book a private island for a few days. It’s an excellent way to live an unforgettable moment with your friends. You’ll have to pay for the cook and the private boat ride.

I loved my visit to Isla Pelicano. Here is the list of the most famous private Islands where you can stay.

Are you ready to stay in the Rosario Islands?

Aleja Rosario Island Long Chair Isla Pelicano

In my travels to the Rosario Islands, I’ve learned a few things worth sharing. The more prepared you are, the more you will enjoy your time there. Believe me.

Hotels in the Rosario islands are expensive

Isla del Encanto
Credit: Isla del Encanto

First off, understand that you’re in a remote location. Every item, even something as simple as a plank of wood, is a logistical feat to bring in.

This isolation impacts your dining options too. From my experience, it’s unrealistic to expect mainland prices like a 20,000 COP ‘Menu del dĂ­a’. The costs are naturally higher in such a secluded spot.

Also, don’t forget about the additional costs of getting there. During my last visit, we paid 60,000 COP for the public boat ride—one way. On top of that, there was an entrance fee of 18,500 COP for accessing the nature reserve.

If your travel funds are limited, I’d recommend El Hamaquero. In my opinion, it offers a great balance of affordability and comfort, making it an ideal choice for those who want to experience the islands’ beauty without breaking the bank.

Rosario Islands Accommodation is not perfect

From my visits to the Rosario Islands, I’ve learned that perfection is a relative term here. These eco-hotels, battling against the relentless Caribbean Sea salt, are in a constant state of repair. It’s a tough environment, and you shouldn’t compare them to the other resorts on the mainland.

Most of these island retreats, including ones I’ve stayed at, don’t offer luxuries like hot water or A/C. But that’s part of their charm. For those seeking flawless luxury, Las Islas and Sofitel stand out, even amidst these challenging conditions.

However, if you’re like me and willing to embrace a few quirks for a more authentic experience, Coralina Island and Islabela are excellent choices. Their minor flaws are a small price to pay for the unique and genuine island experience they offer.

Rosario Islands luxury hotels

Given the area’s relative isolation and the not-so-favorable quality-price ratio, be prepared to splurge for luxury on the Rosario Islands.

Firstly, I’d advise against staying in Isla Grande. Focus your search on Isla Baru.

In my opinion, there are two resort-type hotels worth considering: Las Islas and Sofitel Calablanca. While you might miss out on a more intimate atmosphere (even though the bungalows at Las Islas are well-spaced), you’ll enjoy the amenities of a 5-star hotel. Keep in mind, that some unexpected issues may arise – after all, you are in the Caribbean.

All-inclusive Rosario Islands Resorts

In Coralina Island

You won’t find the typical all-inclusive resorts in the Rosario Islands—no illimited food and drinks. But, places like hotel Isla del Sol, Isla del Encanto, and Coralina Island come pretty close as they include all three meals.

If you’re after a larger hotel with plenty of services, I’d point you towards Isla del Encanto or the Sofitel—modern and fantastic facilities.

You’re in the Caribbean. Take it easy.

On the Caribbean coast, it’s all about taking it easy. Trust me, rushing through your stay just doesn’t fit the vibe here.

Book yourself at least two nights to really soak in the laid-back atmosphere. And hey, don’t sweat it if the waiter doesn’t catch your English – most staff are locals, not trained in the finer points of hospitality, but they’re friendly and do their best. Need something? Just ask, maybe twice, but always with a smile.

And forget about being glued to the internet – it’s pretty hit or miss out here. My advice? Embrace the chance to unplug. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the simple, beautiful life on the islands.

Which Rosario Islands hotel has the best beach

Beach of Sofitel Calablanca
Credit: Sofitel Calablanca

In my beach-hopping experience across the Rosario Islands, Sofitel on Isla Baru takes the crown for the best beach.

It’s a rare sandy gem in a region of coral islands. But don’t overlook Islabela and Isla del Sol – they’ve crafted some lovely sandy spots that are great for a relaxing beach day.

You won’t be alone in this paradise

Sunset Isla Grande

The Rosario Islands can get really crowded during the high season, so my tip is to book your stay well in advance. A lot of the crowd comes from daytrippers, as many hotels sell day passes. This is especially true on weekends. I noticed at Islabela they managed it quite well, but it can vary by hotel.

If you prefer a quieter experience, aim for a weekday visit and choose a hotel known for managing its day guests effectively. It makes a big difference!

Are you looking for a quiet place with no daytrippers? Then stay in Las Islas, Sofitel, Hamaquero, or Playa Manglares.

You’ll spend 1 or 2 nights in Cartagena

Centro-Historico-Cartagena

I always recommend including a stay on the Rosario Islands only if you’ve got at least four nights in the Cartagena area – two nights in Cartagena and two in the Rosario Islands. Here’s why:

Cartagena is a romantic city brimming with things to do. Think charming streets, a vibrant nightlife with plenty of restaurants and bars – it’s a place that deserves at least a couple of nights. Plus, since boat departures to the Rosario Islands are around 8:30 am, you can’t really catch one on the day you arrive. Use this to your advantage! Spend your first day exploring and soaking in the magic of Cartagena.

Then, after two nights on the Rosario Islands, you’ll typically be back in Cartagena around 4-5 pm on your return trip.

How to get to the Rosario islands

Cartagena

To go to Isla Grande, you will go with the daytrippers around 9 am, from the tourist dock (here) in Cartagena. It’s just outside the walled city. Most hotels have their own boat.

Usually, you must be there around 8h30 am. But you’ll leave around 10 am. The process is sometimes a bit chaotic, and everyone has to pay the dock fees. Don’t worry, the hotel’s staff will help you out.

Then, it’s a 1-h boat ride to arrive at the Rosario Islands. Once on-site, you won’t be able to check in before 2 or 3 pm (they must clean your room first). Just relax and enjoy the hotel’s facilities.

For the return trip, the boats leave between 2 and 3 pm. 

Note: During the windy season, from December to April, the sea can be pretty rough. Travelers might find the boat ride scary and splashy. You’ll leave at 2 pm.

To go to Isla BarĂș, hotels offer both solutions (by land or sea). It will depend on the number of guests.

When to go to the Rosario Islands

Sol y Papaya Beach - Isla Grande - Islas del Rosario

First, don’t let the rainy season scare you off from visiting the Rosario Islands. In my experience, it’s usually sunny, and the sea is super calm.

A little insider tip? Avoid the tourist rush. Book your trip during the week and skip the big holidays like Christmas, New Year’s, and Holy Week. Oh, and from January to April, the sea gets a bit choppy in the afternoons. It’s a bit of an adventure, so just a heads-up if you’re not a fan of bumpy boat rides!

I personally love heading there in May, June, and November. The boat rides are way smoother, and it’s not as crowded.

More Rosario Islands hotel tips

IslaBela Isla Grande (1)

Here are my favorite tips to better enjoy the Rosario Islands.

The perfect Rosario island packing list:

  • Snacks (if you can).
  • Snorkel gears.
  • Repellent. There are mosquitoes and sandflies.
  • Beach shoes to avoid injuring yourself on the dead corals.
  • Some cash.

For the boat ride:

  • Sit in the front to avoid being soaked by the waves (but it bounces more). 
  • Another more convenient solution is only to wear a swimsuit. 
  • Take sick travel pills if needed. 
  • Put valuables in a dry bag.
  • Pregnant women won’t be allowed to board. 

10 Best Rosario Islands Hotels in Colombia

Hotel Las Islas
Credit: Hotel Las Islas

Still don’t know in which Rosario islands hotel you would like to stay?

Keep reading to find an in-depth analysis of my favorite lodgings: eco-hotels, luxury accommodations, and all-inclusive resorts.

1# My favorite Rosario island hotel: Islabela

Best deal
Eco Hotel Islabela
Pros:
  • Lovely wooden cabins
  • One of the best beaches
Cons:
  • No A/C & Mosquitoes
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My opinion: I love Eco Hotel Islabela for its cozy vibe and stunning private beach. It’s perfect for budget-conscious travelers who appreciate simplicity, nature, and friendly service.

Eco Hotel Islabela does it right. 5 comfortable bungalows are scattered among the vegetation and face a small private beach. The staff, the inhabitants of the Rosario Islands, serve decent meals with big smiles. All you have to do is digest it from your sofa on the beach. Later, grab one of the paddles (free) and venture around the mangroves or chase the colorful fish among the reefs.

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • Best quality/price ratio among the many Rosario Islands hotels. Affordable prices for activities.
  • 7 rooms (without A/C), simple and comfortable. No need for more.
  • One of the best private sandy beaches of the Rosario Islands, with good facilities: beds, hammocks, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.
  • The staff is adorable and does a great job in managing the daytrippers and guests.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • You might find the meals somewhat average, the beach in front of the cabins is only for view—it’s too shallow and rocky for swimming.
Islabela beach Isla grabde

Price: From 150 USD | Cancellation policy: 5 days | Where: Isla Grande | How to get there: Islabela’s boat, departure at 9 am, 60 000 COP one way, 1 hour | Daytripper: Yes, but it’s well managed.

2# Best romantic Rosario island hotels: Coralina Island

High-end
Coralina Island
Pros:
  • Romantic hotel with delicious meals
  • Few rooms
Cons:
  • You can't choose your beach seat
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My opinion: Coralina Island is a romantic haven with private decks and a fusion of French-Colombian cuisine. Ideal for couples seeking intimacy and gourmet experiences in a serene Caribbean setting.

Coralina Island is a hotel in the Rosario Islands that will suit couples looking for privacy. Each room has its private deck overlooking the turquoise Caribbean waters. In the kitchen, the chef excels in combining French recipes with Colombian flavors. It is pure happiness, especially when one has the impression of being alone in the world.

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • Located on Isla Marina, the site blends perfectly with the setting of the Caribbean islands.
  • 8 comfortable rooms, with A/C. Not all rooms are the same. Pick a double bedroom to be in the most romantic part of the hotel.
  • The staff is fantastic, although most of them do not speak English. Pierre, the French owner, does.
  • The food is delicious, and Coralina Island offers the full board option.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • As soon as you arrive, you will be assigned a deck and a table.

Price: From 244 USD | Cancellation policy: 3 days | Where: Next to Isla Grande | How to get there: Coralina’s boat, departure at 8h30am, 102 000 COP one way, 1 hour | Daytripper: Sometimes.

3# Best affordable Rosario island hotel: El Hamaquero

Affordable
El Hamaquero

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Pros:
  • Near the coral reefs
  • Chill out vibe
Cons:
  • Basic rooms
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My opinion: El Hamaquero is a serene, rustic retreat perfect for budget travelers. Its stunning location and range of activities offer a tranquil, back-to-basics island experience.

El Hamaquero is a dreamy place that will enchant you with its natural beauty. Despite a few inconveniences, such as privacy concerns in the bathrooms and limited dining options, the hotel’s stunning location, comfortable accommodations, and range of activities make it a destination worth considering. Pack your bags, and get ready for a tranquil retreat like no other.

I stayed there for a few days, and I enjoyed the experience. Take it easy; let yourself be carried away by the paradisiacal atmosphere of the islands, and everything will be fine 😉

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • Picture a hotel nestled along the water’s edge, surrounded by trees, and offering a picturesque spot.
  • The hotel’s rustic and minimalist design creates a tranquil atmosphere, perfect for a serene getaway.
  • There are plenty of activities to keep you engaged, from coral exploration to island tours.
  • Affordable dorms and private rooms.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • Lack of privacy in the bathroom areas (wooden walls), and food is nothing crazy (but fair price).
Snorkeling-Isla-Grande

Price: From 25 USD (Dorm) | Cancellation policy: 3 days | Where: In Isla Grande | How to get there: Public boat, departure between 9-10 am, 100 000 COP round trip, 2 hours | Daytripper: No

4# “Social” Hostel in las Islas del Rosario: Secreto Hostel

Hostel
Secreto Hostel
Pros:
  • Cool activities
  • Swimming pool + bar
Cons:
  • Outdated rooms and facilities
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My opinion: Secreto Hostel is interesting option for solo travelers or those on a budget. It’s lively, affordable, and perfect for making friends and exploring on your own. The property is somewhat neglected—old wooden buildings.

Secreto hostel is an interesting option for solo travelers or those who want to save a few dollars—although I prefer the price/quality of El Hamaquero. 7 large colorful wooden houses surround a large pool and a bar serving delicious cocktails. This Rosario Islands hotel organizes many activities, but you can decide to explore the island independently. Beware, even there, a stay on Isla Grande will be pricey.

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • You can stay in a dorm or a private bedroom.
  • You can use the kitchen, and the village is only 15 minutes away. There are few choices in the local shops. Bring your food if you can. 
  • Affordable tours: bioluminescent plankton, snorkeling, kayak. And some free activities: bonfire, salsa lessons.
  • Great communal chill-out areas.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • The beach isn’t great, the pool is not always clean, old facilities and rooms, and not enough bathrooms for everyone.

Price: From 20 USD (Dorm) | Cancellation policy: 2 days | Where: In Isla Grande | How to get there: Public boat, departure between 9-10 am, 100 000 COP round trip, 2 hours | Daytripper: No

5# Best luxury Rosario islands hotel: Las Islas

High-end
Las Islas Hotel
Pros:
  • Secluded
  • Luxurious experiences
Cons:
  • Value
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My opinion: Las Islas is perfect for luxury seekers, offering private cabins with stunning views and upscale amenities. Ideal for those who love refined details and exclusive activities.

Arriving from Cartagena by private boat (or even by helicopter), guests will be amazed at the quality of the Las Islas resort. The 55 luxury cabins are scattered among the mangroves and offer an exceptional view of Isla BarĂș and its surroundings. Each guest has their privacy and can move around smoothly to enjoy the setting and facilities. 

Why I love this luxury Rosario Island hotel:

  • Qualified and friendly staff. Some of them speak English.
  • Private cabins, whose wooden architecture and decoration are highly refined. Guests will love the treetop bungalows with Jacuzzi or the sea-level bungalows with an infinity pool.
  • You can use a bike or call a golf cart to move around. It’s free.
  • High-end activities, some of them included: Cooking class & plankton tour. 

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • You might find the cuisine too classic for a luxury establishment. Also, the hotel could embellish the dining area.

Price: From 462 USD | Cancellation policy: No | Where: Isla BarĂș | How to get there: Las Islas’ boat, departure at 1h30pm, 200 000 COP one way, 1 hour | Daytripper: No

6# Best hotel in the Rosario islands to chill with friends: Isla del Pirata

For Friends
Isla del Pirata
3.5
$$$
Pros:
  • A tiny private island
  • Prices are raisonnable
Cons:
  • Facilities need repair
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My opinion: Isla del Pirata, perfect for friend groups, offers a relaxed Caribbean experience with rustic charm. Affordable drinks and excellent snorkeling are highlights, but be aware it’s an older property needing maintenance.

If you visit the Caribbean with a group of friends, you will love this hotel in the Rosario Islands. With its 12 bungalows built near the sea, Isla del Pirata offers a simple and hassle-free stay for its guests. Yes, it is rustic, Yes there are things to improve. But wait to have a cocktail in your hand, looking at the turquoise water of the Caribbean. You will realize that, in the end, it doesn’t matter.

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • The price of cocktails and other drinks is reasonable. On the other hand, the dishes are relatively expensive.
  • 4 people can rent a bungalow. The price becomes very attractive.
  • Isla Grande is right next door. You can ask a local to take you there. Ask for the price first!
  • Snorkeling around is excellent. Bring your mask. You’ll save a few bucks.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • This is an “island style” accommodation and not a hotel. Facilities are old. Lower your expectations.

Price: From 148 USD | Cancellation policy: No | Where: Near Isla Grande | How to get there: Isla Pirata’s boat, departure at 8 am, 150 000 COP round trip, 1 hour | Daytripper: Yes

7# Best Rosario islands hotel for families: Isla del Sol

For families
Isla del Sol
4.0
$$$$
Pros:
  • Sandy beach & pools
  • Big bungalows (all inclusive)
Cons:
  • Too many daytrippers
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My opinion: I love Isla del Sol for its family-friendly vibe. It’s got spacious bungalows, a sandy beach, and a pool – perfect for a relaxing family getaway.

Isla del Sol is located on Isla Grande, a Rosario Islands hotel that offers a beautiful setting for families. A lovely little sandy beach and the pool give the kids a chance to have fun while you read on your lounge chair. And if they still have energy, go for a kayak trip later in the afternoon!

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • Choose the “Deluxe bungalow” to have a large room with a balcony, hammock, and A/C. Up to 4 or 5 guests.
  • You can walk around Isla Grande or use the kayaks (included).
  • It’s one of the rare sandy beaches in Isla Grande.
  • Children under 3 years of age pay only for meals and transportation.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • The staff is lovely, but they are overwhelmed when the daytrippers show up. The service becomes disorganized.

Price: From 269 USD (full board) | Cancellation policy: 14 days | Where: Isla Grande | How to get there: Isla del Sol’s boat, departure at 9 am, 150 000 COP round trip, 1 hour | Daytripper: Yes, sometimes too many.

8# The most accessible hotel in the Rosario islands: Playa Manglares

Foodies
Playa Manglares Hotel
$$$$
Pros:
  • Delicious food
  • Peaceful and easy to reach
Cons:
  • Not the best side of BarĂș
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My opinion: I’m a fan of Playa Manglares for its easy access by car and its peaceful, nature-filled setting. It’s ideal for those seeking tranquility and a taste of local cuisine in a cozy, intimate environment.

You don’t have to take a boat to enjoy the Rosario Islands. Playa Manglares, located on Isla BarĂș, is accessible by car (thanks to a bridge). Located a few steps from the discreet Barbacoas Bay, this eco-hotel, open to the four winds, allows travelers to reconnect with nature. Come here to be at peace and enjoy the delicious dishes cooked with the fruits and vegetables of the garden.

Why I love this Rosario Island hotel:

  • The hotel can arrange private transportation from the hotel in Cartagena or the airport. 100 000 COP/ up to 4 people. There is also a parking lot.
  • Direct access to the beach, with the possibility of lounging in a hammock or getting a massage. The color of the water is brownish because of the nearby lagoon.
  • Only 5 bright rooms, with a beautiful view of the surroundings.
  • They offer an excellent tour to visit the Rosario Islands and enjoy its turquoise waters.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • You might find it too rustic (given the price). No paradisiacal beaches.

Price: From 199 USD | Cancellation policy: 14 days | Where: Isla BarĂș | How to get there: 1h drive | Daytripper: No.

9# The best Rosario Islands resort: Isla del Encanto

All-inclusive resort
Isla del Encanto
Pros:
  • Modern & comfy bungalows
  • Excellent facilities
Cons:
  • Drinks aren't included
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My opinion: I love Isla del Encanto for its modern bungalows and fun activities, perfect for families and couples looking for a lively stay.

Isla del Encanto is one of the best Rosario Islands resorts, located at the very end of Isla Baru. A dozen bungalows on two floors offer a beautiful view of the sea and the large pool below. Because of its size, you will not have the feeling of being alone in the world. This disadvantage is offset by the quality of the facilities and the number of services offered by the establishment.

Why I love this Rosario Island resort:

  • Good buffet style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vary every day.
  • Well trained staff, and some speak English. 
  • The bungalows are modern and comfortable.
  • Many facilities and activities to suit families and couples: private events, diving, romantic dinner, pool, beach.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • There are sometimes too many daytrippers, and the service becomes slow. Also, it’s not the loveliest part of Isla BarĂș.

Price: From 406 USD (full board) | Cancellation policy: 3 days | Where: Isla BarĂș | How to get there: by land or sea. Departure at noon. 1-1h20 | Daytripper: Yes, a lot.

10# Newest Rosario island hotel: Sofitel Baru Calablanca

Luxurious (Playa Blanca)
Sofitel BarĂș Calablanca
Pros:
  • Many pools and beautiful property
  • Amazing private beach
Cons:
  • Expensive food
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My opinion: I adore Sofitel Baru Calablanca for its serene vibe and stunning beach, making it a dream spot for couples seeking a romantic, comfortable, and peaceful getaway.

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a stunning hotel known for its breathtaking location and beautiful beach with warm, crystal-clear waters and fine white sand. The comfortable rooms offer ocean views, and the hotel boasts excellent facilities, including multiple pools, a well-equipped gym, and a spa. With a focus on providing a relaxing atmosphere, this modern and well-designed property is the perfect escape from mass tourism and partying. The staff is attentive and friendly, ensuring a pleasant stay for guests.

Why I love this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • The hotel offers a range of recreational activities and water sports, such as snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.
  • The serene and peaceful ambiance of the hotel makes it an ideal destination for couples and those seeking a romantic getaway.
  • Vast private beach with pleasant trees and great facilities.
  • One of the newest luxury hotels in the area.

What I don’t like about this Rosario Islands hotel:

  • Expensive food at the hotel’s restaurants, with a need for improvement in quality given the high prices.
Credit: Sofitel Baru Calablanca

Price: From 390 USD | Cancellation policy: 3 days | Where: North Isla BarĂș | How to get there: by land or sea—a 30-min boat ride from Cartagena. | Daytripper: No

FAQ: Rosario Islands Hotels

Isla Grande Sol y Papaya

Here is a list of questions that readers regularly ask me:

  1. Is it worth staying on the Rosario Islands?

    For me, staying on the Islas Rosario is the best way to enjoy this piece of paradise. You’ll avoid the tourists and the 2-3-hour boat ride on the same day.

  2. Why is Rosario Islands popular?

    Las Islas del Rosario are popular because they are the closest to Cartagena de Indias with white sandy beaches and turquoise water. There you’ll find superb accommodation to chill out.

  3. How do you get from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands?

    The only way to reach the Rosario Islands is by boat (private or shared). The only exception is Isla BarĂș, where you can arrive by land thanks to a newly built bridge.

  4. How far is Cartagena from the Rosario Islands?

    The Rosario Islands are not far from Cartagena (62 miles/100 km). So it’s quite possible to visit them in a day. Allow around 1 hour by boat (one way).

  5. What animals are in the Rosario Islands?

    Due to human activity, you won’t see many animals on the Rosario islands. I did see a few colorful fish around the reefs. There’s also a small Oceanary, but I wouldn’t recommend going there.

  6. What ocean are the Rosario Islands in?

    The Rosario Islands are located opposite Cartagena, in the Caribbean Sea. They are part of one of Colombia’s many natural national parks.

  7. Is there a ferry to the Rosario islands?

    There is no ferry going to the Rosario Islands.

  8. How many islands are in the Rosario Islands?

    The 27 islands of Rosario form an archipelago of the same name. They are coral islands, most of them quite small enough for just one house.

  9. Are there sharks in Islas del Rosario?

    I’m sure there are sharks in the Islas Rosarios but I’ve never seen one on any of my dives.

  10. Is Baru on the Rosario island?

    Isla Baru is an ancient peninsula that became an island after the creation of the Dique Canal. Strictly speaking, it’s not part of the Rosario Islands, but in everyday life, everyone refers to it as such.

  11. What is the closest island to Cartagena?

    The closest island to Cartagena is Tierra Bomba, which is not part of the Rosario Islands. You won’t find the white sandy beaches and turquoise water there.

Best Rosario Islands Hotels: The Bottom line

Islabela
Credit: Islabela

Some of the hotels in the Rosario Islands are little natural paradises, but you have to be willing to make some small sacrifices to enjoy them. Come with the right mindset, and you will love it.

Islabela offers some rooms in a quiet and beautiful area of the Rosario Islands. Its close collaboration with the locals and its affordable prices make it the winner of this selection. 

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4 comments

    • Tom says:

      Hi Jill, thanks for passing by.

      I know it’s beautiful, and Sofitel usually does a great job (like Santa Clara in the old city center). Unfortunately, I’ve never been and I didn’t hear some feedback from friends and travelers yet.

  1. Quentin Ball says:

    This list is amazing, thank you! It’s overwhelming how many options there are! May I ask: I have seen a few places that some resorts allow cruise ship travelers to descend during the morning and it gets unpleasant. Is that a consideration for any of your recommendations? We have youngish children. Thanks!

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