Southwest of Cartagena attractions

Nature Reserve in Tolú

Ciénega la Caimanera

This 1800-hectare nature reserve is a part-freshwater, part-saltwater bog with five varieties of mangroves. The red mangrove's roots twist and tangle in and out of the water like hyperactive strands of spaghetti. Th…
Island in Islas de San Bernardo

Isla Múcura

Most of the tourism infrastructure if the Islas de San Bernardo is on Isla Múcura, where tours stop for three hours of free time. Here you can rent snorkeling equipment for COP$5000, kick back and have lunch and a b…
Island in Islas de San Bernardo

Isla Palma

This island has the best beach and is also the best place for snorkeling. There's also a fairly odd aquarium here where many of the day trips end.
Island in Islas de San Bernardo

Santa Cruz del Islote

This tiny place has the dubious honor of being the world's most densely populated island. Santa Cruz del Islote houses around 1000 people, mostly fisherfolk, living in a tropical aquatic shantytown measuring just 12…
Aquarium in Islas de San Bernardo


Despite its name, this is more of a rustic zoo than a water world (though there is a foggy-windowed aquarium here). You'll also find monkeys, pink flamingos, loads of birds (including many macaws) and even a buffalo…
Beach in Tolú

Punta Bolívar

This stretch of sand is a good choice if you want to spend the day on the beach. It's rather remotely located, so you'll need to hire a moto-taxi from Coveñas to get here (COP$5000).
Beach in Tolú

Playa Blanca

If you're looking for a good slice of local beach, then Playa Blanca is your best bet. It is accessed via moto-taxi from Coveñas (COP$6000).