Isla Mucura

Isla Múcura is a part of the 10 island San Bernardo archipelago, a collection of islands off the Caribbean coast of Colombia. It is a relatively small coral island best known for its hospitality and tranquility. The beaches have white sands, dotted with thatch-roofed huts and swaying coconut trees. The turquoise waters, a swimmers delight, are crystal clear, calm and temperate and the sunsets are breathtaking. The area is part of a protected marine park rich in marine wildlife and possibly one of the best places on earth for scuba diving. Other activities on the island include windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, volleyball and tennis and if you think the beach can only be enjoyed during the day, think again. One of the most amazing things to do on Isla Mucura is to hop on a boat to nearby Tintipan to go swimming at night with bioluminescent plankton.

Getting there

Most international visitors to Isla Mucura end up there on the tail end of their Colombian tour. Isla Mucura is situated 80 kilometers south of Cartagena, Colombia’s fifth biggest city, and can only be reached by boat. It is one of the most secluded places to visit and a truly off-the-beaten-track experience. To get there you may have to connect through one of Colombia’s bigger cities, Bogota or Medellin, then on to Cartagena. The trip is worth making since Colombia has so much to offer travelers. Cartagena’s Old Town is a 16th-century colonial city and visiting it is an exquisite experience on its own.