Our rustic private cabin is a five-minute walk from the Caribbean ocean, on the Rosario Islands, one hour outside of Cartagena. It’s part of Eco-Hotel Playa Libre, a small family business located on Isla Grande. A visit to our marine park island is a great vacation if you want to get off the beaten path, be immersed in Afro-Caribbean culture, and try an eco-adventure. A small breakfast and coffee are included each morning and an initial supply of bottled water.
Eco-Hotel Playa Libre is a locally owned family business. The Camargo family has lived on the Caribbean coast for generations. This one-room cabin is equipped with WIFI, a private bathroom, two beds, and a patio with a hammock, table and chairs. Our cabins are powered by solar electricity and auxiliary generators. The room is equipped with mosquito nets and a fan (no A/C). We make use of rainwater for the shower and faucet. Our eco-hotel offers a restaurant with delicious local food (lunch or dinner is $20,000 to $25,000 Col pesos per person) and next door is a small store where guests can buy basic goods. Tijereta cabin is located behind the Camargo family home. When guests arrive, they can expect clean linens, towels, and soap.
The nightly cost includes rental of the cabin, as well as a small breakfast and coffee each morning. Transportation, eco-tours, lunch/dinner, drinks, and services while on the island are all paid separately but can be organized through us.
Our family on the island speaks only Spanish, so it’s helpful if our guests speak some Spanish as well. If you need anything, just ask. At her store, Arnida sells basics like bottled water, cold drinks, mosquito coils, canned/dry food, snacks, eggs, oil, sugar, salt, condiments, some fruits and veggies, beer, rum, shampoo, and cigarettes. Plan to bring anything else with you from Cartagena.
We highly recommend trying some of the mouthwatering fresh seafood on the island (lobster, crab, octopus, conch, prawns, shrimp). One of the best ways to keep cool is by swimming in the turquoise waters at the nearby beaches. One of our favorite activities is to tour the islands by boat, stopping at the Oceanarium, at our favorite beaches, and eating at a local restaurant on the waterfront. We also love to snorkel the coral reef and canoe through the mangrove trails. On nights with low moonlight, you can swim or snorkel Laguna Encantada to see the bioluminescent plankton. It’s also fun to visit the town of Orika on a Friday or Saturday night when the locals listen to loud Champeta music and dance late into the night.
• There is no ATM on the island, and credit cards are only accepted at a few hotels. Bring cash to pay for your transportation, food/drinks, eco-tours, services and souvenirs.
• Conserve water because there is no fresh water source on the island, apart from harvesting rainwater and purchasing water shipped from Cartagena.
• Conserve energy because Isla Grande has no electrical grid. Our home is powered by a small solar panel array that produces limited electricity, along with auxiliary generators.
• The mosquitoes can be fierce at dawn/dusk. Bring repellent and long sleeves/pants to wear at that time.
• We provide a light cleaning each day, but guests will need to clean up any spills or messes. Keep food and food scraps enclosed to combat sugar ants and other critters.
• Leave the house as you found it, or additional fees may be charged at check out.
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I'm from the Rosario Islands, in Colombia. My wife is from Seattle, WA, U.S., and we have two Colombian-American boys. We enjoy spending summers on the island and the rest of the year in Seattle. We launched our eco-hotel business with my family in 2014. When we aren't in Colombia, we stay connected with guests and prospective guests through Airbnb to answer any questions. We invite you to come stay at our place to appreciate the beautiful Rosario Islands.