The San Bernardo islands are an archipelago consisting of 10 islands south of Cartagena that are often overshadowed by the more famous Rosario Islands. However, people who make the journey here will find a beach paradise with very few other gringos in sight. The water is crystal clear, calm and inviting and the islands are a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. Since they are a bit further out than the Rosario Islands and don’t make it onto many foreigners’ travel itineraries, they are the perfect place to escape if you want a break from the gringo trail.
Like Isla Baru and the Rosario Islands, you have the opportunity to swim with bioluminescent which is a spectacular experience. Keep in mind that the glittery plankton are best viewed when there is no moon.
You can reach the San Bernardo Islands by taking a two hour boat ride from Cartagena or a 40 minute ride from the town of Tolú. The ride can get pretty bumpy depending on the water conditions so if you are prone to seasickness, it may be better to opt for the shorter ride.