Several agents arrange boat tours to Islas del Rosario. A set of small islands out of the coast. Usually the tour include lunch, a visit to an aquarium and a few hours at Playa Blanca. Not included in the price is harbor tax and park entrance (C$10.000 total) and the entrance fee to the aquarium (C$15.000). If you buy your tour at one of the street vendors, don't pay in advance, preferably pay part or all at return in Cartagena. At least one of these tours is to a resort "Coco Liso" which is something like a Colombian butlins. You will be promised a beach, pay a high fee, then disembark a boat after an hour and a half to be greeted with a fairly basic hotel, gimicky pool, and about 6 square feet of beach. Buying a piece of "coral" jewellery from one of the many hawkers, engage them in conversation, and they might lead you to their private beach - quite beautiful, and all the more interesting for having its existence totally denied by the tour operators. The tourist offices in the centre of the old town and a good place to compare the many possible trips to the islands.
Eco Hotel Las Palmeras, . This enchanting eco – hotel is located on Isla Grande of the Islands of Rosario, a 45 minute speed boat ride from historic Cartagena de Indias. Local Ana Rosa and her family are the founders, owners, and staff of this pristine and peaceful paradise. Eco Hotel Las Palmeras uses solar energy for electricity and a water catchment system for their water supply. Be prepared for rustic charm – you will be bathing with a bucket and a coconut shell. Ana Rosa is a fabulous cook, serving up traditional fish, home-made coconut rice, plantain and salads. She makes the best arepa con huevo on the coast (an egg fried into the middle of a corn arepa), and serves all of her food with love. Manuel, Ana Rosa’s husband is happy to answer any questions you may have about attractions on the island and makes a killer piña colada or any other drink you would like.