San Bernardo is an archipelago of ten islands forming half of Colombia’s ‘PNN Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo’ and are situated two hours off the coast of Cartagena in the Caribbean sea.
The islands are a well known destination for holidaying Colombians however are pretty off-the-beaten track for the regular tourist trail. While planning our trip to Colombia this summer I kept coming across mentions of them from backpacker friends but could find little information about them online. All I knew was that they were secluded islands with paradise beaches and off the beaten track – exactly what I was looking for!
I read traveler forums which suggested staying on the main land in Cartagena or Tolu and visiting the islands on a boat tour. The tours spend the day island hopping, finishing up on Isla Murcura for lunch and sunbathing time, before taking you back to the mainland before evening.
Following the crowds and organized tours aren’t really my vibe. And I wanted to spend at least a week on the islands not one day. So we decided to break away and visit the islands our own way. Organization was a little difficult but the adventure meant we got to stay longer, bond with the locals and experience real island life.
Here is my guide to travel the San Bernardo islands like a pro…