Welcome to Isla Carenero
Slightly larger than a postage stamp, this tiny isle ringed by sand feels a notch more relaxed than the main island. It lies a few hundred meters southeast from Isla Colón and its close location makes it a go-to for a leisurely waterfront lunch or happy-hour action. Often overlooked, it takes its name from ‘careening,’ which in nautical talk means to lean a ship on one side for cleaning or repairing. In October 1502 Columbus’ ships were careened and cleaned on this cay while the admiral recovered from a bellyache.
In recent times many hotels have been added, and nature isn't as wild here as it is on the more remote islands. Yet Carenero remains a nice alternative if you’re seeking peace and quiet.