Isla Grande
Isla Grande
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Absolutely amazing island hoping happening place so much food and activities loved it. Isla grande resort was awesome
Written 24 August 2022
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,875 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
We spent a day our cruising the Rosario Islands. Sone of the beaches areceobderful, clear waters and white sands. Some good snorkeling opportunities.
Facilities are limited and it's a bit rough and ready, but very relaxing all the same.
Written 24 July 2022
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Mare T
Denver, CO9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We felt really lucky to have found El Hamaquero on Isla Grande. People from other hotels came there for the sunset, in fact! Great food, fun snorkeling right off the dock, small and sheltered.

So that was a 5.

Unfortunately, the wind was up on our boat ride home and it was honest to gosh AWFUL. My dad was a fisherman and I’ve loved being on the water all my life. This was teeth-and-bone-smashing choppy water - with no cushions on the boat and no handles to hang onto. Several people screamed most of the 1 hour and 45 minutes. My husband says it’s among the most frightened he has ever been.

I won’t say the name of the boating company as I suspect they did their best (though they also forgot to call our names for boarding at the dock on Cartagena and we nearly got left behind), but if you have any kind of back injury or PTSD or the like, I would ask a LOT of questions before deciding to head to Isla Grande.
Written 14 February 2022
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WorldTvlerParker_CO
Parker, CO823 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
First let me say that, though we traveled around the island by boat, we stayed on the southwest end. No roads on this island, so walking or biking or boating is how you would get around. We walked into town, not much there, all dirt streets, very basic, very local. The snorkeling we did was off the southwest side near bora bora day lounge. Lots of fish to see, but as an avid diver and snorkeled, it was sad to see the deterioration of the reef. Lots of boat traffic. Do watch the Medusa’s (jellyfish)...we are still itching from their stings.
Written 17 January 2020
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worldanub
Berlin, Germany53 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Really save your money fly elsewhere unless you are planing to sofocate halucinate in Rum.
Dead waters no beach the worst infrastructure.
Written 2 November 2019
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chuz
Montevideo, Uruguay1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
You have to stay in a hostel in the island to really enojy it. A lot of snorkeling, saw a sunken plane, many fish, turtles. I did kayaking which was cool
Written 8 October 2019
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Odion
Vancouver, Canada106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Writing this review on a few different places as there is no single spot to put Rosario Island reviews. Found much conflicting opinions, decided to talk about my experience.

Firstly, I did a lot of reading around where the best spot would be. I did not want to go to a beach where I would be hassled and bothered by vendors, as that defeats the purpose of going to relax at a beach, so for me a private beach was important.

Where we went: Isla del Sol, at a private beach there. Port at 8h30, leave at 9h00, arrive at island at 10h00, depart at 15h00, arrive back at port at 16h00. Perfect amount of time.

Price: 187,000 COP, my buddy and I booked it from our hostel the morning of, and hence did not much haggle power, but use this price as your benchmark. Included transport to the port, boat ride there and back, private beach (including umbrellas, chairs), and delicious lunch, fruits, coffee. It did not include the visitor fee to the islands (I believe around 17,000 COP each) or any extras you do at the beach (hiking tour, snorkel, scuba).

Beach experience: 10/10! Honestly, probably the best beach I have ever been at, and I have travelled to 40 countries so far. Water was incredible, that aqua blue colour, it was clean, beach was clean, there was even a fenced off area (which gives privacy, but also keeps jellyfish away, as I found out first hand swimming outside). And since it's private, no one bothers you!

Boat ride: Fast boat, took 1 hour each way. Seats about 40 people. A lot of negative reviews about the boat ride, overall it was actually decent. On the way there, was totally fine. On the way back, some choppiness, so a few people at the back got splashed. My buddy has bad motion sickness, but he was fine. We sat in the back - more comfortable for those with motion sickness, but more prone to getting splashed. So find out what's more important to you and sit accordingly.

Activities: We did snorkelling, 50,000 COP, 1 hour, which was actually incredible. The reefs are awesome, water is shallow consistently, lots of fish. Would definitely do this again. Some people did SCUBA for 150k, even with no prior training.

Food: Lunch was awesome, traditional lunch. I bought a live lobster from this guy Victor that comes by the fence and sells his catch of the day - he then cooks it and serves it with plantains (haggled to 35,000 COP), absolutely delicious and fresh, and hey, supporting a local fisherman.

If I had spent more time in Cartagena, would have done this day trip every day. Hope that says enough.
I think the most important part is that you go to a private beach, where you can properly relax. I imagine the rest of the Rosario islands would be similar in the other aspects.
Written 11 July 2019
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lisa026
iceland460 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
On our tour, we left at 9 AM and got there about 10.30. We were briefed on options on what to do on the island and by the time we had all gotten sorted, it was just before noon. We went on a snorkling trip that was fine. By the time we got back, had the lunch ( with slow service) we had 30 minutes on the beach until the boat left. But they started calling us 10 minutes after we had sat down on the beach so off we went. So really all we did was snorkel and eat.! But the trip back was horrible. It scared the life out of me and also soaked me to the bone. I was sea sick for the rest of the day.So totally not worth the trip since the island is not even really nice from what we saw.
Written 7 July 2019
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nanni99
Lausanne, Switzerland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Worth the trip, that may not be simple. But you should go if you like the sea, marine animals and simple life.
Written 13 April 2019
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c0wb0y1
Madison, WI9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
We went to Isla Grande and it is beautiful and worth a day trip or 1 night. We stayed 2 nights (reserved 3) and the accommodations were very good but food was limited and average. We left early to go back to Cartagena.
Written 7 April 2019
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