Where to stay on Rosario islands and Baru Island in Cartagena

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Here’s our guide to where to stay on the Rosario islands and the Baru peninsula.

Many of you want to discover these heavenly beaches, and if you’ve read our post on Cartagena’s beaches, you’ll have realized that it’s best to stay directly on the islands to enjoy them.

In fact, one-day tours to the islands are more of a tourist trap, and you’ll come back disappointed. If you’re going to treat yourself to a bit of paradise, you’d better do it right!

Disclaimer: we apologize in advance for any grammatical or syntactic errors, as our native language is not English (we're a Colombian-French couple), so we hope you'll forgive us and still enjoy the information we share with you! Please note that all the information on our blog is based on our own experience, and is checked and updated regularly.

The best hotels to stay in Baru and the Rosario Islands

Where to stay in Islas del Rosario

Where to stay on Rosario islands and Baru Island in Cartagena
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Here are our recommendations for hotels and hostales to stay in Baru and Islas del Rosario. These are our good deals, selected addresses, tested by us, friends, blog readers or whose reputation is well established.

Baru, Cartagena, the best hotels, Islas del Rosario

Media Luna Hostel


Media Luna Hostel

Dormitory : $50.000 to $100.000/Double room : $200.000 to $250.000 COP

A hostal recommended by our readers on the Baru peninsula in the Rosario archipelago. Far from Playa Blanca, you’ll find the peace and quiet of a small private beach and pretty bungalows!

Cartagena, the best hotels, Islas del Rosario

Isla Bela


Isla Bela

Double room : $400.000 à $700.000

An eco-friendly hotel on Isla Marina in the archipelago of the Rosaire islands. The price is commensurate with the services and the setting! Treat yourself.

Cartagena, the best hotels, Islas del Rosario

Secreto Hostel


Secreto Hostel

Dormitory : $50.000 to $100.000/Double room : $300.000 to $350.000 COP

A charming hostal located on Isla Grande, offering double rooms and dormitory beds in a green setting with access to a small beach. Highly recommended by our friends in Cartagena!

Why stay at Islas del Rosario in Cartagena?

Where to stay in Rosario Islands

The main reason to stay on the Islas del Rosario is to really enjoy these dream beaches. We really don’t recommend the day tours, which always leave you disappointed!

The Baru peninsula and the Rosario islands boast some of the most beautiful beaches in Cartagena and some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia. They can be both very touristy and very exclusive, a haven for some, a disappointment for others, you just have to know what to expect.


Most of the islands are very small and offer no infrastructure apart from the hotels, all of which offer on-site dining.


From the center of Cartagena , there are many boats that can take you to the island of your choice, but the easiest way is to make arrangements with your hotel to find out the best way to reach it from the city center.

Tour to Isla Bela on the Rosario Islands

The Best Island to stay in

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We are Angélica and Samuel, a French-Colombian couple, professional photographers and web editors specializing in travel to Colombia. We created this blog to change the image of the country, help you prepare your trip and inspire you to discover Colombia in a different way!

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