About this listing
Our rustic private cabin is five minutes from the Caribbean ocean on Isla Grande. A visit to this marine park island is a great vacation if you want to get off the beaten path, try an eco-adventure, and learn about Afro-Caribbean culture. A small breakfast and coffee are included each morning and an initial supply of bottled water.
Tijereta cabin is part of Eco-Hotel Playa Libre, locally owned and managed by the Camargo family, who have lived on the Caribbean coast for generations. This one-room cabin is equipped with 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 averages $20,000 Col pesos per person) and next door is a small store where guests can buy basic goods. Tijereta cabin is located on the interior of our property, behind the Camargo family home. We do not have WiFi. 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.
Interaction with guests
Our family on the island speak 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.
Other things to note
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. 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. Guests can take a boat tour to the beautiful islands/beaches nearby: Isla Arena, La Playita and Cholon. It’s also fun to visit 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.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
I'm from Seattle, WA, and my husband Hugo is from the Rosario Islands, Colombia. We have two Colombian-American boys and enjoy spending summers on the islands and the rest of the year in Seattle. We launched our eco-hotel business with Hugo's family in 2014. When we aren't in Colombia, Hugo and I 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.