San Bernardo Islands

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San Bernardo Islands (2020): How to Pick your Colombia Paradise Island?

Between Capurgana and Cartagena, the small San Bernardo Islands are made of white sands, palm trees, and cabañas and hidden from the gringo trail. Within the Archipelago de San Bernardo, locals use their speedboat to achieve their daily tasks and fishers are going out at night to get the biggest prey. Let’s see where and how to travel to the San Bernardo Islands.

San Bernardo Islands: What you must know

Where: The San Bernardo islands are in front of Rincon del Mar, on the Western Caribbean Coast. Find more outstanding places here.

How to get there: You can take a boat from Rincon del Mar (40 min), Cartagena (2.5 h), or Tolu (1h).

What to do: Don’t worry. Be happy. Lay back on the beach and plan a few activities with your hotel like snorkeling, paddling or the bioluminescent plankton.

Isla Tintipan: It’s the largest and most beautiful San Bernardo island. It’s made up of mangroves and secluded white-sand beach. I recommend staying here.

Isla Mucura: The most famous island. 80% of the island is privatized by hotels. Pick your accommodation cautiously. I recommend staying here.

Isla Palma: It’s the nearest island to Rincon del Mar. The island is divided into 2 hotels. You can party here.

Duration: You can plan a day trip from Rincon del Mar or stay a couple of days if you like relaxing on paradise islands.

Best San Bernardo tips: You can only pay by cash (except a few hotels). The sea is rough from December to April. More information about the weather.

More information: Read our San Bernardo guide.

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Table of contents: The Archipelago de San Bernardo

  1. What are the San Bernardo islands
  2. Isla Mucura
  3. Isla Tintipan
  4. Islote de Santa Cruz
  5. Isla de Palma
  6. Casa en el Agua
  7. How to get to the San Bernardo Islands
  8. San Bernardo islands on a shoestring budget
  9. Things to do to spend the day
  10. Start creating your Colombia itinerary
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What are the San Bernardo islands

The Archipelago of San Bernardo in Colombia, made of 10 little paradises surrounded by crystalline blue water, is a forgotten place where nature and humans have learned to evolve together, in harmony. The islands are part of the Rosario and San Bernardo corals national natural park.

Cabañas on Mucura Island Colombia

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The majority of the inhabitants live on an artificial Colombia island, smaller than two football stadiums. There, 1500 people are sharing every little piece of ground. Kids are jumping and kicking the air with their legs before landing in the clear ocean. Neighbors are like brothers and sisters as there is no secret or intimacy on Islote de Santa Cruz.

Read: Plan a fantastic itinerary on the Caribbean Coast

Islote de Santa cruz Colombia

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Among the 10 San Bernardo islands, some are private or to small to be visited.

Let’s find out their specificities and names.

Isla Boqueron: the tiniest San Bernardo Island

It’s the closest island to the coast. A few families have established their summer home. Usually, you don’t go to Isla Boqueron with a tour.

Isla Boqueron San Bernardo islands Colombia
Isla Boqueron

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Isla Mucura: The most famous San Bernardo island

It’s was my favorite island. On Mucura Island, there are the cheapest hotels in San Bernardo. You can walk to a tiny village to get some street foods, water, and alcohol. I love to make my own Coco Loco!

Unfortunately, 95% of the island is privatized by hotels. It means you will only have access to the small public beach if you don’t stay in one of them.

Because you’re not free not roam wherever you want any more, I prefer staying on Isla Tintipan.

Isla Mucura is still an excellent option if you travel on a high budget or with a group of friends.

Read more: Our travel guide learn everything about Isla Tintipan and Isla Mucura

Where to stay on Isla Mucura (+)

Isla Mucura

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Isla Tintipan: the most beautiful San Bernardo Island

Isla Tintipan is the largest island. I like to get there to eat tasty plates of seafood on the long white beach, under a colorful umbrella. Isla Tintipan in Colombia is also a haven of peace for many pelicans, and it’s a fun moment to navigate through the labyrinth of mangroves.

And last year, we participate in a techno festival organized by Casa En El Agua. It was awesome!

Hotels are scattered on various secluded beaches, on the same side of the island.

It’s the ideal spot if you’re traveling as a couple.

Turnkey itineraries: We organize your adventure to the San Bernardo islands

Where to stay on Isla Tintipan (+)

Isla Tintipan Colombia
Isla Tintipan Colombia

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Islote de Santa Cruz, a town in the San Bernardo archipelago

It’s an artificial island where most of the inhabitants are staying. The density population is one of the highest in the world. Take a boat to visit the town. The streets are so tiny that you’ve got the feeling to walk through their living rooms.

Also, kids are running everywhere, and they won’t miss an occasion to involve you in football games.

Islote de Santa Cruz Colombia
Islote de Santa Cruz Colombia

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Isla Palma: The closest island to Rincon del Mar

The island is private and divided into 2 hotels. Previously, it was owned by the all-inclusive resort Decameron. It’s only 20 min away from Rincon del Mar. The island is beautiful, but the hotels there still need some improvements to become a romantic little paradise.

Where to stay on Isla Palma (+)

Islas Maravilla, Panda, Ceyen, Cabruna, and Mangle

Most of them are little islands made up of dead coral reefs, trees, and mangroves. You can drive around, but it’s normally not allowed to get off the boat as it’s a protected area.

Hostel Casa En El Agua

It’s not an island, but it’s the most famous Hostel in San Bernardo. A Dutch guy had the great idea to build a big hostel on a dead reef in the middle of the Archipelago of San Bernardo. The Hotel Casa En El Agua is probably one of the most famous hostels in Colombia. Travelers hang around, spending time between cocktails, inflatable buoys, and snorkeling sessions.

It’s a bit expensive and you won’t meet many Spanish speakers. However, it’s a cool spot if you want to get some fun and spend your money on cocktails.

Casa En El Agua Colombia
Casa En El Agua Colombia

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Map of the Archipelago de San Bernardo

San Bernardo Islands
San Bernardo Islands

How To Enjoy The San Bernardo Islands In Colombia

#1 How to get to the San Bernardo islands

Take a boat for the San Bernardo Islands (+)

  • Tolu to the San Bernardo Islands: It’s a beach town very touristic during the high season because it’s the closest big city to the San Bernardo Islands. You can book day tours or ask the driver to be dropped on Mucura Island or Isla Tintipan. Boats are leaving around 8 am: 50 000 COP / 1 hour
  • Rincon Del Mar to The San Bernardo islands: It’s a little fisherman village on the Caribbean Coast where it’s pleasant to spend the night before looking for a boat in the direction of the San Bernardo islands: 200 000 COP/boat | 30 min | Boats leave early in the morning
  • Cartagena To the San Bernardo islands. The “public” boat stop to most of the upscale hotels on Isla Tintipan and Isla Mucura. Approx 100 000 COP / 2.5 hours. All the information here.
Itineraries to San Bernardo Islands

#2 Tips if you’re traveling on a shoe-string budget

Low budget on the San Bernardo Islands (+)

  • There is no drinkable water on the San Bernardo islands. Inhabitants are using the rain waters. If you want to save money, you can buy a gallon of water before.
  • Food is expensive on Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan. There are restaurants on the public beaches. Approx 7$.
  • Also, there is no ATM on the San Bernardo Islands. I advise you to withdraw lots of cash before.
  • You must stay on Isla Mucura if you travel on a low budget. There is a small public beach with one affordable hotel.
  • The cheapest boat trip is from Rincon del Mar.

In short, avoid staying overnight on the San Bernardo islands if you’re traveling on a low budget. The easiest and cheapest way is to book a day trip from Rincon del Mar.

Isla Mucura Colombia
Isla Mucura Colombia

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#3 Things to do on the San Bernardo Islands

List of the activities on the San Bernardo Islands (+)

1) Think about all your worries and negative thoughts. Grab them and put them in mental green Tupperware. Keep it somewhere in your mind. Once you’re in the middle of the ocean, throw the box. It will sink like dead bodies in Dexter’s series.

2) On the islands, take a juice and lay down on the beach. You can build a little sand pillow and protect your face with a Colombian hat

3) Make your own Coco Loco (coconuts + rum) and observe the sunset. Try to find mermaids.

4) The following day, explore the other islands around. You can take a taxi boat to travel to Casa En El Agua, Isla Tintipan, Mucura Island and Islote de Santa Cruz. Price: 15 – 20 000 COP/pers

5) Ask your hotel about the activities they offer:

  • Snorkel among colorful reefs and fishes – Around Isla Palma and Maravilla or Casa En El Agua.
  • Drive between the mangroves – Around Isla Tintipan, Colombia.
  • Observe birds like pelicans or flamingos – Around Tintipan et Isla Palma.
  • Swim at night surrounded by bioluminescent planktons – Around Isla Tintipan, Colombia.
  • Go spearfishing with locals.
Flamingos Isla Tintipan Colombia
Flamingos Isla Palma Colombia

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#4 How many days in the San Bernardo Islands

Those little paradises are perfect to chill and put aside all your problems. I recommend you to stay at least 2 nights to receive an awesome dose of happiness. Or book a day trip from Rincon del Mar if you’re just curious.

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Mucura Island and Tintipan Island (2020): Stop making mistakes

No, Tintipan island and Mucura Island aren’t mysterious places coming out from my imagination but, surprisingly, not many travelers are aware of their existence. Let’s give you all the tips so that you can enjoy these paradise islands.

Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan: What you must know

Where: Mucura island and Tintipan island are part of the Archipelago de San Bernardo, on the Western Caribbean Coast. I listed more beautiful islands here.

How to get there: There are boats leaving from Cartagena (2.5h), Rincon del Mar (45 min) and Tolu (1h). Don’t hesitate to add it to your Colombia itinerary.

Things to do: Not much, except laying back on the beach, and chasing colorful fishes. Bioluminescent plankton is a good option if the moon isn’t bright.

Transportation: Fishermen offer boat rides between the islands for 6-7$.

Where to stay: Pick cautiously as most beaches on the islands are private. Prices are higher for lower quality as you’re far from everything.

Eat & Drink: Take a ride to Casa en el Agua if you want to drink cocktails during the day. Hotels offer half boars and there are some restaurants on the beach. They eat mostly fish and rice.

Weather on Isla Mucura and Tintipan: Don’t worry about the weather, although it rains more in October & November. The sea is rougher from December to April. Best time for Colombia here.

Safety on the islands: 100% Safe.

Best island tips: Avoid going on the weekend and on a public holiday. Bring tons of cash.

More information: Read our San Bernardo guidebook.

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Table of Content: Tintipan and Mucura Island

  1. A few words about the islands
  2. How to get there
  3. Where to stay on the islands
    1. Hotels and hostels on Mucura Island
    2. Hotels and hostels on Tintipan Island
  4. Things to do in the San Bernardo Islands
  5. Eating
  6. Start creating your Colombia Itinerary
  7. Lay back and let us take care of your trip
A dock in Isla Mucura
A dock in Isla Mucura

What about the San Bernardo islands?

Both are located within The Archipelago of San Bernardo, a set of 9 coastal coral islands between Isla Fuerte and the Rosario Islands. With its corals, white-sand beach with palm trees,  and old Colombian hotels made of wood, Isla Tintipan And Isla Mucura are two secret paradises on earth.

Isla Mucura is tinier than Isla Tintipan but the cost of living is slightly cheaper. Tintipan island is the largest island of San Bernardo, with the main part being constituted from wetlands and mangroves. This last one has the best white-sand beaches. However, travelers are more “free of movement” on Mucura island.

Altogether, both are perfect to relax for a few days.

But, you should hurry up to come here before it becomes super touristic.

Important: There is no ATM on the Islands. Bring some cash with you.

Read more: Pick the right San Bernardo islands

How To Get To Mucura Island and Tintipan Island

Information you should keep in mind in this section:

You have to take a boat to reach Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan. From November to April, it’s the windy season and the sea can be rough, especially in the afternoon. You should minimize the time spend on a speedboat if you’re not used to it, seasick or if you’re scared of boat rides.

The boat departures are from: Isla Fuerte, Tolu, Rincon del Mar, and Cartagena. The shortest boat drive to Mucura island is from Tolu and the longest is from Cartagena.

Mucura Island and Tintipan Island are only 15 min away from each other. It’s also the case for Casa En El Agua.

1. Island Hopping from Isla Fuerte to Isla Mucura & Isla Tintipan

It’s the perfect way to move around if you’re a pirate exploring the ocean with your bottle of rum.

Before arriving on Mucura island, I spent a week in La Playita, a great hostel based on Isla Fuerte. This island is even less-known than the San Bernardo islands, and my stay was memorable.

The owner of La Playita is a friend of the owner of Casa en El Agua – The most famous hotel in the Caribbean sea. They organize boat rides between the two hostels – According to the client’s demand.

The thing is that Casa en El Agua is only 10 min away from Mucura and Tintipan islands. And, you don’t have to sleep in Casa En El Agua to benefit from this service. You just have to show up at the right time.

They need at least six people for the boat ride Isla Fuerte – Casa En El Agua. Besides, there is no schedule. So you shouldn’t be in a hurry if you plan to do it.

Send them an email and try to organize a boat ride if you’re interested: [email protected]

Isla Fuerte

Prices and duration to get from Isla Fuerte to Mucura Island (+)

Step 1: Take the speedboat from La Playita to Hostel Casa En El Agua | 100 000 COP | 2 hours

Step 2: Ask at the reception to find you a speedboat from Hostel Casa En El Agua to Isla Mucura or Isla Tintipan | 15 000 COP | 10 min

2. How to get to Isla Mucura from Cartagena

The walled city of Cartagena, with its romantic atmosphere, delicious restaurants, and upscale hotels, is a perfect stop to spend a couple of days with your partner or mates.

But, there is one thing missing in Cartagena. There is no pleasant beach. Fortunately, the San Bernardo Islands aren’t that far. Besides, it’s super easy to get there as you only have to take one boat.

Indeed, the famous hotel Casa En El Agua offers a daily shuttle service from Cartagena.

Entrance to the old town of Cartagena
The Old Town in Cartagena

Price and duration to get from Cartagena to Tintipan and Mucura island (+)

Step 1: Book you boat ride online on their website | Approx 35 $

Step 2: The D-day, go to the dock in Cartagena – Called Muelle la bodeguita at 8h15 am. The dock is just outside the old city center. Boat leaves at 9 am. Ask for the Casa en el agua’s speedboat

Step 3: Check-in and pay the National Park entrance fee – The San Bernardo Islands are within a protected area | 17 000 COP

Step 4: 2h30 boat ride to arrive on the Islands!

Extra tips to get from Cartagena to the San Bernardo Islands (+)

  • Book and Pay your return ticket at Casa en El Agua’s office (at the dock) if you already know when you will come back to Cartagena. Cash only
  • Otherwise, you can pay your return ticket in Casa En El Agua. Show up at least at 11h30am on the day of your departure. Boat leaves at noon.
  • If you plan to make a round trip from Cartagena, let your big bags in your previous accommodation
  • You can stop on the following places: Casa En El Agua, Isla Mucura, Isla Tintipan & Isla Palma

Read more: Our Cartagena guidebook

3. How to get from Rincon del Mar to Mucura And Tintipan Islands

If you’re scared to travel by boat or if you’re seasick, then Rincon del Mar should be your first option.

Indeed, the boat drive to San Bernardo islands is the shortest you can find. Only 40 min!

Moreover, Rincon del Mar is a cute fishing town, with a long white-sand beach not yet invaded by touts and tourists.

Be aware that it’s not straightforward to arrive there. You first have to reach San Onofre by bus then take a moto-taxi or private car.

Once in Rincon del Mar, I advise you to spend the night there. It will be a peaceful stop before heading to the islands. Besides, the boats going to Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan only leave in the morning.

Rincon del mar

Price and duration to get from Rincon del Mar to Tintipan Island and Mucura island (+)

Step 1: Go to the Main bus terminal in Cartagena | 45 min | 20 000 COP (Taxi)

Step 2: Take a bus in the direction of Tolu but tell them you want to stop in San Onofre | 2h30 |Around 25 000 COP | Bus Company: Brasilia, Unitransco & Rapido Ochoa

Step 3: Once in San Onofre, find a moto-taxi or private car to drive to Rincon del Mar | 8 000 COP (Moto) or 30 000 COP (Car) | 30 min

Step 4: Look early in the morning for a boat leaving to Mucura or Tintipan island | Around 25 000 COP | 30 min

Extra tips to get from Rincon del Mar to the San Bernardo Islands (+)

  • If you plan to make a round trip from Rincon del Mar, let your big bag in your previous accommodation
  • It can be a bit complicated to find a boat to Isla Mucura. Allow you an extra day in your itinerary.
  • The boat goes back to Rincon del Mar around 2h30 pm
  • A private boat cost 200 000 COP

Where to stay in Rincon del Mar (+)

As I said, Rincon del Mar is a great little town. Here is a shortlist of the best accommodations you could find there.

Hostel Beach House is a boutique hostel well equipped with fan, aircon, kitchen, and hammocks, based in front of the ocean. Besides, they offer lots of different activities (Not included in the price) – Find the best prices here

Hostel Blue Sea is another accommodation located right on the beach. Comfortable and clean room. The staff is welcoming and helpful – Find the best prices here

Dos Aguas is a superb new hotel in Rincon del Mar. It’s clean, comfortable and well decorated. You won’t be able to leave that place. Guests can’t use the kitchen but the meals are tasty. 2 nights minimum – Find the best prices here

Read more: Our Rincon del Mar guidebook

4. How to get from Tolu to Tintipan and Mucura Island

There are three main reasons why you would like to reach San Bernardo Island from Tolu.

  • You’re coming from Capurgana, one of my favorite towns in Colombia.
  • You plan to fly to Monteria then take a bus to Tolu.
  • You want to enjoy the nightlife in Medellin before relaxing on paradisical islands

Most of the time, you will have to spend the night in Tolu as the boats leave at 8h30 am from the dock.

Price and duration to arrive in Tolu (+)

From Bogota: Take a 1-hour flight to Monteria then a bus to Tolu (2h) | Around 150 000 COP for the flight + 18 000 COP for the bus

From Cartagena: There are buses leaving everyday | 3h30 | 25 000 COP

From Medellin: There are buses leaving everyday | 11h | Around 100 000 COP

From Capurgana: Take the boat to Necocli (1h30 / 70 000 COP), then a Van to Monteria (3h / 40 000 COP) then a bus to Tolu (2h / 18 000 COP)

The dock of Capurgana - Credit :Juanillo1970 / Shutterstock
The dock of Capurgana – Credit :Juanillo1970 / Shutterstock

Price and Duration to travel from Tolu to Isla Tintipan and Mucura Island (+)

Step 1: Once you arrive in Tolu, pay 4 000 COP to reach the beach – Taxi bike

Step 2: Go to Club Náutico Tolumar and book your boat tickets for the islands. | 40 000 COP (1 way), more expensive during the high season | 1 hour

Step 3: Be ready at 8 am on the dock for the boat departure – 8h30

Extra tips to get from Tolu to the San Bernardo Islands (+)

  • If you take an early night bus from Medellin, you should be able to catch the boat for the islands at 8h30am the same day
  • Isla Mucura deserves more than one afternoon. Don’t take the 1-day trips and sleep there!

Where to stay on Mucura and Tintipan Island

Information you should keep in mind in this section:

The San Bernardo islands are isolated from everything. Respect the environment and be indulgent if there is a power cut or water restrictions.

Most of the accommodations are basic and more expensive than in-land. Isla Mucura will be your best choice if you’re traveling on a shoestring budget.

Casa en El Agua is famous, but we don’t think it’s a good option for travelers who want to enjoy the islands.

There are more mosquitoes and sandflies on Isla Tintipan.

1. Hostels and hotels on Mucura island

A. Hostel Isla Mucura | Open air & hammocks

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It’s the biggest hostel on Mucura Island. The different “buildings” are made of woods and scattered within a vast open air. Clients can pay for the food package, for a reasonable price. No Internet. It’s a good option for backpackers as they have got (expensive) dorms and hammocks.

Isla Mucura Hostel San Bernardo Colombia

B. Hostel Dahlandia | Peaceful and family vibe

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At the end of the island, near the small town, there is another hostel even quieter than Hostal Mucura.

Hostel Dahlandia offers basic but comfortable accommodations to spend a romantic stay without breaking the bank. The owner is friendly and helpful.

Dahlandia hostel sunset over the ocean

C. Punta Faro hotel | Luxury & Romantic

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Do you want to celebrate a special event with your girlfriend?

In that case, Punta Faro on Isla Mucura will be a perfect choice. Peaceful place with excellent staff who speaks English and who organizes a bunch of activities for their clients. Besides, the food is delicious and the rooms fantastic. If your budget allows it, book it!

You have to stay a minimum of two nights. They own a private boat to pick you up in Tolu or Cartagena.

Punta Faro, best hotel in the archipelago of San Bernardo

D. Mucura Club Hotel | Vast place made of wood

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Mucura Club Hotel is an impressive building made with big chunks of wood. The staff is attentive to the client’s needs. Besides, the rooms are well decored and comfortable. The meals served are delicious and the pools are perfect to relax after a hard day on the beach.

Mucura club hotel, comfortable room made of wood

E. Camping on Isla Mucura

There is a small village on Isla Mucura where travelers can camp. However, I don’t know if they provide a tent. It seems to be the cheaper option.

2. Hostels and Hotels on Isla Tintipan

A. Punta Norte | Cabins made of wood

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Punta Norte is one of the oldest hotels on Tintipan Island. Located on a private beach, it’s a perfect spot to relax. The dishes at the restaurant are a bit expensive. The rooms are unpretentious but clean. You pay for the setting.

Punta Norte Hotel on Isla Tintipan, near the water

B. Isla Roots | Social & Private island

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Isla Roots is a great choice if you wish to meet other travelers. They offer many dorms, hammocks or private room options.

Located 100 m away from Isla Tintipan, this private island owns a private beach, a bar, and a restaurant. Besides, there are many activities that guests can book to animate their stay.

The only bad side is that you’re “prisoner” from the island regarding the meals, beverages, and activities.

Isla Roots, private island with hostel. Water games

C. Sal si Puedes | Upscale & Disconnection

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Sal Si Puedes is an upscale hotel that offers only 3 private rooms. Everything is made for that guests can relax in a quiet environment, cut from the rest of the world. The private beach is fantastic and the staff attentive and friendly. 2 nights minimum.

Sal Si Puedes Tintipan, upscale hotel with private cabins and hammock in front the ocean

Things to do around Tintipan and Mucura Island

Dom and I Watching the sunset on Isla Mucura

All the activities below can be booked with your accommodation. Price can differ.

1. Snorkeling in The San Bernardo Islands

There are some cool reefs around Isla Maravilla and Isla Palma. Most of the hostels and hotels on Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan organize this trip for their guests.

Price: 35 000 COP

Duration: 2 hours

2. Bioluminescent Plankton

You can observe the bioluminescent plankton around the mangroves by night, near Isla Tintipan. You should do it when the night is dark – a new moon is the best. Jump into the water and start tumble-turning, you will put the luminescent little creatures into a magical tailspin.

Price: 35 000 COP

Duration: 1 hour

3. Beach, beach & beach

Isla Tintipan is where the most beautiful beach is. Spend the day on the white-sand beach while drinking cold Michelada then come back to your accommodation.

Few restaurants serve grilled fish, rice and patacones for lunch so don’t forget your wallet 😉

And if you stay on Isla Tintipan, don’t hesitate to spend one day on Mucura island. The beaches there are pleasant too!

Price: 15 000 COP / Boat ride

Time: 15 min

Flamingos in Isla Palma
Flamingos in Isla Palma

4. Get a drink in Casa En El Agua

If you’ve got some spare time, you can decide to spend the afternoon in Casa En El Agua. There is a friendly atmosphere during the day, and the snorkeling around is pretty cool. Order a beer or a cocktail while listening to some good music, your body half immersed in the Caribbean sea. Besides, you can take some amazing pictures to make your friends jealous.

Price: 15 000 COP / Boat ride

Time: 10 min

5. Visit of Santa Cruz del Islote

Santa Cruz del isolate is the most densely populated island on earth with 0.12  km square and more than 1200 inhabitants. The streets are extremely narrow and colorful.

I don’t think it is mandatory to visit it. However, you could still spend a nice moment observing daily life on the island.

Price: 15 000 COP / Boat ride + 5 000 for the island tax

Time: 10 min

Isla del cruz in the Archipelago of San Bernardo - Credit: Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock
Isla del Cruz in the Archipelago of San Bernardo – Credit: Matyas Rehak / Shutterstock

6. Water games around Mucura and Tintipan island

Most of the hotels rent kayaks or paddles so travelers can explore the surroundings on their own. It’s perfect to ride along the mangroves.

Prices: Around 25 000 COP / 2 hours

How much does it cost to eat on Tintipan Island and Mucura Island

It’s quite complicated to cook on the islands. There is only 1 shop on Isla Mucura. Besides, hotels and hotels don’t allow access to the kitchen for their guests.

Therefore, your best option is to opt for the full board. But, if you like to vary the places where you’re eating, you will find some restaurants on Tintipan Island (right on the beach) and you can ask some locals in Mucura to cook for you a lobster.

  • Menu of the day – Menu del Dia: 15 000 COP
  • Lobster: Around 45 000 COP

List of the hotels with full board or restaurants on Tintipan and Mucura Island (+)

Mangroves in Isla Mucura
Mangroves in Isla Mucura

Conclusion about Isla Mucura and Isla Tintipan

Mucura and Tintipan islands are both paradise not yet uncovered by many. They are close to each other, therefore it’s easy to travel between them by speedboat. There, on the San Bernardo Islands, you will get a first impression of how it looks like to live on an island in the middle of nowhere.

Travelers don’t think to go there because it’s not on their Gringo trail itinerary. But, I assure you it’s not that complicated to reach the islands and it’s 100% worth it.

As it’s far from the coastline, prices for the accommodations and the food are higher than in-land. Therefore, don’t expect to arrive in a luxury Eco-lodge (except for Punta Faro). And be indulgent if there is a power cut or a water restriction. As Bob says, Simple life, happy life.

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