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Islas del Rosario, Cartagena – Isla Matamba

Hola amigooooos!!!

Who would you bring to a private island? Start thinking about it because this week I want to tell you all about the Rosario Islands in Colombia, one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean, why they are so special and how you can do it to go there!
The Islas del Rosario are comprised of 27 islands and some very small coral islands. They are all private, so the only way to access them is if you know the island owner or you stay in any of the small hotels around.
I had the honor to be invited to Isla Matamba, the island of my friend Juan del Mar, one of the most genuine and fun Colombians you will ever meet, and one of the biggest celebrities in the country, he is a famous actor, singer, torero, chef, reality show star, but above all a super generous and amazing person! The good news is that all of you can also go to his island because he rents it out to family and friends, and hellooo we are all amigos here! 🙂


To arrive to the islands you will need to go by boat from the port of Cartagena, early in the morning when the sea is calm. It is about 40 minutes boat ride to arrive to the islands, enjoy the ride across the islands the scenery is breathtaking!


The fabulous Isla Matamba is one of the most magical places I have ever stayed at. When you arrive to the islands with the boat is like arriving to your own mini village. Composed of three wonderful villas, a mini golf, a tennis court, a solarium, a jacuzzi, your own dock for the boat, all the snorkeling and water sports equipment you may need it is the perfect place to spend your holidays. And it can accommodate up to 16 people, think of someone you would like to go here with?


Enjoy the island, you are in paradise!!!
Wake up early, put on your best sunscreen and go out to the solarium. Tan, take the stairs direct to the sea and relax enjoying the best views in the Caribbean. When you feel like going on an adventure, take the boat and 5 minutes away from the island you will find one of the most beautiful coral reefs to explore! You can also do water activities such as paddle board or play mini golf or tennis ! There is no time to be bored when you are in such a place like this!


The best about the island is that you forget about preparing food as they have the best chef who will cook for you the typical Colombian dishes! And one of the main reasons the food here is so delicious is because the owner, my friend Juan del Mar, is one of the most famous restaurateurs in Colombia, with his own restaurants with the same name as him, Juan del Mar is a place you must visit on your trips to Cartagena.
Back to the island, for breakfast you will get fresh fruits, juices, and arepa con huevo y carne! An arepa filled with an egg and meat, super delicious and all the energy you need to start the day!
During the day the friendly stuff at the Isla Matamba will prepare you fresh fruit plates and juices so you can charge vitamins while you are sunbathing 😉
For lunch you will have salads, and grilled wish accompanied with white rice with ginger and coconut (so delicious I need to try to make this at home )
For dinner I had the pleasure to taste the famous lobster pasta, with lobsters just caught in front of the island!
Other typical Colombian foods you will taste here are: Patacones consisting of fried banana, carimañolas consisting in fried yuca with cheese inside, and cocadas a sweet desert made of cinnamon, coconut and dulce de leche! Can we stay here forever?? Pleaaaaseeee!!!


Where do you go shopping in a private island? Don’t worry ! The shops come to you! While you are tanning at the beachfront solarium there will be approaching little boats with many things to sell, bracelets, Colombian souvenirs, and live lobsters!!


The islas del rosario are an amazing combo to add to your Cartagena travel, did you ever think about going on a trip with your friends, or your family? Well here is perfect for you to come disconnect from the world in your own paradise!!
You can contact with Isla Matamba on their email and instagram @islamatamba

Thank you amigos for coming with me on this wonderful adventure! This week I will show you the fabulous experience of vacationing in a private island in Colombia at the Isla Matamba in a new video on my youtube channel RoviTravel !

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See you in the islands!

Mon Rovi

1 Response
  • helpwantednewmexico
    June 2, 2017

    Located in Cartagena de Indias, 34 km from Cartagena s Gold Museum, Isla Matamba features a sun terrace and hot tub.

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