Top things to do in Southwest of Cartagena

Top Choice Seafood in Capurganá & Sapzurro


Scour the coast and you won't find better seafood – or a warmer welcome – than at Josefina's. Her medium-sized pargo (red snapper) practically fills the plate and is a succulent joy, supported by coconut rice, tangy…
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…
Seafood in Necocli

Zion Beach Bar

Grilled fish on your plate, sand between your toes, a cold beer within easy reach and Bob Marley on the sound system: sit outside this Caribbean-style beach shack a couple of blocks from Necocli's main square and ab…
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…
Colombian in Capurganá & Sapzurro


This simple window-in-the-wall place with the silly name does do great arepas (corn cakes), but owner-chef Amparo will prepare more elaborate dishes, including veritable feasts of veggies, if you order a few hours a…
Colombian in Tolú

Doña Mercedes

Do not leave Tolú without eating the country's most sublimely perfect arepa, filled with egg and spiced meat, from Doña Mercedes' food stand. It's on the southeast corner of the square next to the Expreso Brasilia o…
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…
Colombian in Capurganá & Sapzurro

Restaurante Doña Triny

Facing you as you get off the launch from Capurganá, this fish restaurant is demonstrably popular, with locals and visitors alike crowding in. The set meal includes a soup, a fish or seafood main course, and some ki…