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What are the Rosario Islands?


What are the Rosario Islands? The Rosario Islands are an archipelago of 28 islands located in the Caribbean Sea, about 45 km southwest of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This archipelago is part of the Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo National Natural Park, a protected area that aims to preserve coral reefs and associated ecosystems.

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What are the Rosario Islands?

Some of the best known and most visited islands in the archipelago include:

  1. Isla Grande: As its name indicates, it is the largest and most popular island among visitors. It offers a variety of activities, such as hiking, snorkeling and diving.
  2. Isla Barú: Although not technically part of the Rosario Islands archipelago, Isla Barú is a nearby island that is often associated with them. The island is known for its beautiful beaches, such as Playa Blanca, and its biodiversity.
  3. Pirate Island: A small island with a unique charm, ideal for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed atmosphere.
  4. Isla San Martín de Pajarales: This island is home to the Oceanarium, an open-air aquarium where visitors can learn about the local marine fauna and watch dolphins, sharks, and turtles.
  5. Isla Rosario: It is another popular island in the archipelago, known for its resorts and tourist activities, such as diving and bird watching.

The Rosario Islands are a popular destination for travelers interested in ecotourism, water activities, and natural beauty. These islands offer a unique experience in the Colombian Caribbean and are ideal for enjoying marine life and tropical landscapes.

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What is the best time of year to visit the Rosario Islands?

The best time to visit the Rosario Islands depends on your preferences in terms of weather and number of tourists. The region enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. However, two seasons must be taken into account:

Dry season (December to April): The dry season is usually considered the best time to visit the Rosario Islands. The temperatures are pleasant, between 25 and 30 degrees on average, and it rains less. It is also the peak tourist season, so the islands can be more crowded, but the weather conditions are ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the islands.

Rainy season (May to November): During the rainy season there is more precipitation and higher humidity, but temperatures are still warm. This period may be less ideal for some outdoor activities, but it does offer the benefit of fewer crowds and generally lower accommodation rates.

What types of accommodation are there in the Rosario Islands?

In the Rosario Islands you will find a wide variety of accommodations that adapt to different budgets and preferences.

  • Hotels and Resorts: Several islands, including Isla Grande and Isla Barú, offer hotels and resorts, ranging from budget to luxury options. These hotels usually offer facilities such as swimming pools, restaurants, bars and on-site activities.
  • Ecolodges – For those looking for a greener experience in harmony with nature, there are ecolodges that focus on sustainability, responsible use of resources and conservation of the local environment. These establishments are usually located in more remote areas and offer a more immersive nature experience.
  • Pensions and B&Bs: On some islands you will find pensions and B&Bs run by locals. These accommodation options often offer a more authentic and personalized experience, with the opportunity to experience local culture and customs.
  • House and villa rentals: If you prefer more private and independent accommodation, on some islands it is possible to rent houses or villas. They can be ideal for families or groups of friends who want to enjoy a larger space and comforts such as a fully equipped kitchen.
  • Camping: Camping is permitted on some islands, offering an outdoor experience for those who like to sleep under the stars. It is important to find out about local regulations and permitted camping areas to respect the environment and other visitors.

It is recommended to book accommodation in advance, especially in high season, to guarantee availability and avoid disappointment.

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What languages ​​do the inhabitants of the Rosario Islands speak?

The inhabitants of the Rosario Islands speak mainly Spanish, which is the official language of Colombia. However, as the islands are a popular tourist destination, it is also possible that some of its inhabitants speak other languages, such as English, to communicate with international visitors.

It is always helpful to learn a few basic Spanish phrases to make it easier to communicate with the locals and show respect for their culture. Most people appreciate visitors’ efforts to speak their language, even if it’s just a few simple words or phrases.

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