Rincon del Mar is a small fishing village located on the western part of the Caribbean coast, 4 hours from Cartagena. The inhabitants of this magical place are the nicest people we have met on the coast. The atmosphere is fantastic, authentic, exotic, and relaxing.

Rincon is a hidden paradise with its wide white sandy beach and palm trees. There are different hostels and two slightly higher-standard establishments. Travelers come to Rincon Del Mar to relax for a few days. Moreover, the San Bernardo Islands are only 45 minutes away by boat.

There is not only the beach in Rincon but also many other possibilities, such as:

  • Organize a fishing trip with the locals (angling, trolling, or harpooning)
  • Take a walk in the dry tropical forest to discover the fauna and flora of this type of environment.
  • Observe coral reefs by snorkeling or scuba diving
  • Swimming at night in the midst of bioluminescent plankton. An incredible experience.
  • Take a tour of the San Bernardo Islands
  • Lazing on the beach with a book and a cocktail in your hand.

So, are you ready to add this beautiful Colombian place?


How to get to Rincon del Mar

From Cartagena to Rincon del mar:

  1. Bus from the Cartagena terminal to San Onofre. Every hour from 7h30 am to 6h30 pm | Caribe express | 2h30
  2. Take a moto-taxi to Rincon del Mar (10 000 COP) | 30 min

From San Bernardo islands to Rincon del Mar:

  • Ask a fisherman to use his boat (100 – 150 000 COP) | 40 min

From Medellin to Rincon del Mar:

  • Night bus from the North terminal to San Onofre. Schedule. Double-check with the company. | Expreso Brasilia & Rapido Ochoa | 11 hours
  • Take a moto-taxi to Rincon del Mar (10 000 COP) | 30 min

Where’s the terminal?

In Rincon Del Mar, there’s no terminal. To arrive, you must indicate the name of your hotel to your moto-taxi or taxi. It couldn’t be simpler.

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Where to stay in Rincon del Mar

Rincon del Mar is a secluded beach town where the touristic infrastructures aren't perfect. Don't be surprised (and don't complain) if there is a power cut. The town is settled along the beach, and it takes 20 min to cross it. There are two areas: The beach center and the beach after the bridge (quieter and lovelier).

  • Blue Sea

    Hostel - $$

    Blue Sea

    After the bridge. A 3-floor hostel with a nice view. Delicious breakfast. Great staff.
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  • R. del Frances

    Hostel - $$

    R. del Frances

    Homely hostel with an excellent atmosphere and top-notch activities. Beach center.
  • Dos Aguas

    Eco-lodge - $$$

    Dos Aguas

    Splendid wooden building with comfy rooms. After the bridge. Excellent activities. Top.
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  • Casa Sattva

    Hotel - $$$

    Casa Sattva

    Upscale hotel with excellent private rooms. Top-notch services. After the bridge.
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  • Sanguare

    Natural Reserve - $$$$


    Eco hotel surrounded by nature. Isolated. Top-notch activities and food. Not in Rincon.
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Things to do in Rincon del Mar

There is no local agency in Rincon del Mar. The easiest way is to ask your hostel/hotel if they know reliable locals to show you around. Fishers know the best snorkeling spots, some other locals are guides for hiking in the dry forest, etc.

  • Beach

    All day


    There is an endless white-sand beach in Rincon del Mar. Find a quiet spot and relax.
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  • Sunsets



    Order a cocktail and observe the sun setting behind the sea. It's sumptuous!
  • Dry forest

    3 hours | $

    Dry forest

    Wake up at 6 am and explore the dry forest to spot monkeys, birds, and sloths! 3 hours.
  • Mangrove

    2 hours | $


    Rent a kayak and explore the mangroves to look for birds. Perfect around 5 pm.
  • Snorkeling

    4 hours | $


    A local fisher drives you in his boat to show you the best coral reef spots. 4 hours.
  • Fishing

    4 - 5 hours | $


    Follow the local fishers while they're spearfishing. You need good apnea to enjoy it.
  • San Bernardo

    6 hours | $

    San Bernardo

    Book a day trip to explore the San Bernardo islands. You can also stay overnight. Read our travel guide!
  • Plankton & Bird

    3 hours | $

    Plankton & Bird

    Observe hundreds of birds going to bed at dusk then admire bioluminescent plankton.
  • Scuba diving

    4 - 5 hours | $$$

    Scuba diving

    There is a great dive center in front of the Rincon del Frances hostel. Top-notch service.
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  • Massages

    1 hour| $


    A few locals walk on the beach with a massage table. It's the ideal spot to ask for one.

Where to eat & drink?

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