Located about three hours away from Cartagena and accessible only by boat, this small island paradise is a way to get away from it all. The island itself is a national park and Punta Faro Resort has eleven acres and 45 rooms on the 24-acre island in the San Bernardo Archipelagos. But don’t mistake its small size for thinking there is nothing to do. The island has a dive shop, kayaking, paddleboards and windsurfing. There is pretty good snorkeling right off the beach or you can take a boat out to other reef areas. Meals are all included and are served in the open-air restaurant on the property. Down by the beach there’s a bar, hammocks and massage tables.
Most of the people who work at Punta Faro live on Santa Cruz del Islote, which is considered to be the most densely populated island in the world. Boat tours are daily from Punta Faro to this tiny island that has less than an acre of land and is home to about 1250 people. Island residents only have electricity for a few hours a day, water gets delivered 3 times a week and they walk through each other’s kitchens to get to their own homes.
I could have spent days or weeks at Punta Faro just relaxing on the beach and swimming in the gentle sea. It’s easy to see why it’s a popular getaway for locals and I hope to return to this island paradise one day soon.