The distance between Cartagena and Isla Mucura is about 50 miles (80 km). Isla Mucura and the surrounding islands of San Bernardo can only be accessed by a two-hour boat ride.
If you want a mixture of both culture and relaxation, consider this 5-day itinerary to Cartagena and the San Bernardo Islands, including Isla Mucura. This is a great itinerary for those looking for a Caribbean adventure that includes history, culture, beautiful beaches, and water sports. For a longer stay in the country, consider this 13-day itinerary for exploring the Caribbean Coast for a more slow-paced visit to the islands.
Duration: About 2 hours
Catch a boat to the San Bernardo islands from the Muelle de la Bodeguita, a dock located in front of the Old City in Cartagena. The boats depart between 8 and 10 am. The trip usually takes around 2 hours—and is usually quite bumpy depending on sea conditions. Some boats do have weight restrictions for suitcases and luggage, so it’s best to check prior to boarding. At the dock, you must pay a one-time tax to enter the National Park.
The boat’s standard destination is the pier of Múcura, though if there are several people departing for another island, the route may be different. Before boarding, you must tell the boat staff which island you are going to—otherwise, you'll be left with the rest of the group. From there, you can walk to your accommodation or hire another boat. To get back to Cartagena, the boats leave around noon from the public pier in Isla Múcura.