"Tolú and the San Bernardo Islands" Tolù by MalenaN

Tolù Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 68 photos

Tolú is situated along the Caribbean coast at the Golfo de Morrosquillo. It is a small town with a population of about 35 000 people. It was founded in 1535 and the town got its name from the Tolúes who inhabited the area at that time. There are few cars on the streets in Tolú and the atmosphere is very laid back. Not many backpackers are coming here jet, but there are Colombian tourists. The beaches are not very nice in the town for swimming (they are supposed to be much nicer in Coveñas 20 km to the southwest), but the lovely Archipelago de San Bernardo is nearby. The average air temperature is 29 degrees C and it rains in May - October.

The San Bernardo Islands are part of a national park, together with Rosario Islands. In Archipelago San Bernardo there are ten small coral islands with crystal clear water around. From Tolú daytrips are organised to the islands.

  • Last visit to Tolù: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 26, 2008
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 20, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    What a lovely coloured ocean, it's so pretty! I could see some feet in the photos of the Toucans and wondered if you were in with them? I really like the photos you have of them.

    • MalenaN's Profile Photo
      Nov 20, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      Yes, we were inside with the Tucans, but of couse not tuching them. They have so funny bills!

    • balhannah's Profile Photo
      Nov 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      I would love that!

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2009 at 12:42 PM

    Preparations for my trip have started :) I would very much enjoy the tranquil feel of Tolú! Islas San Bernardo seems to be a nice day trip option, Isla Mucura looks exceptionally inviting :) And Villa Babilla sounds like an excellent accommodation choice!

  • sachara's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Malena, it is always a delight to read your pages. Tolu and Colombia look very inviting to go there some day.

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Tolù seems to e a very relaxing spot :). Happy New Year Malena! Lots of love, health and happiness (not to forget some great trips) in 2009!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    What a fantastic place!! Villa Babilla sounds like a perfect place to stay, I like the rooms and the way they build the lofts :-) Oh and the sea colour around the islands... and this restaurant on Isla Mucura - that's how I remember Colombia's coast :-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Excellent detailed transport tips. The seafood looks fresh, crispy and yummy.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Quite agree with Michael - wonderful photos on such a remote place which I can hardly ever visit, haha!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Great to see a rainy pictures among all this sunshine! I've never been in a hammock and wonder whether I would find it comfortable.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    wow, a great introduction-pic and a lot more of excellent pics in the travelogues, thanks for sharing, Malena !

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    The colours of Tolù are amazing, in both that wonderful beachside opening scene and your very nice looking accommodations! This looks like a great little town in which to relax for a bit!

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