The best located hostel in the world: Casa en al Agua

Some say life is about the journey and not the destination. Considering it took a taxi, a bus, a taxi and a boat to deliver us to Casa en al Agua I’d like to respectfully disagree with that statement. After a long day of travelling, including a hairy boat ride in which I was certain my worldly possessions would end up on the bottom of the ocean floor, we arrived here:

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Seriously

Try to tell me you’d rather be on a never ending merry-go-round of South American transportation and not here. I won’t believe you.

Casa en al Agua (meaning ‘house on the water’) is a solar powered hostel located in the San Bernardo Islands on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It’s about a two hour direct boat ride to Cartagena, a much better route than our ridiculous boat/taxi/bus palaver.

But enough about how to get there. Here’s what you can do once you are there:

First of all, wave to the neighbours:

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Hello!

That’s the most interaction you’ll have with them during your stay.

Pick a bed:

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Heed your travel companions’ calls to partake in a pre-breakfast swim:

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Marvel at the crystal clear turqoise waters and thank your lucky stars:

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Wrestle with alligators:

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The inflatable kind

Bob on the top of the water like a cork:

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With fellow friend corks

Admire the more productive people setting about their days:

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After breakfast you can choose a leisure activity to suit your needs. Niki chose to get her water colours out on one of the decks:

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So clever

If you’re feeling up to it you can swim to a nearby island. I chose to paddle in the world’s tiniest canoe and watch these guys sweat it out:

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You’re almost there! Not really

I provided somewhat of a support vehicle along the way:

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Unfortunately the island didn’t offer much. But we were able to grab some bottles of water and admire the colourful walls.

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The good thing about archipelagos is that if one island disappoints, there is always another one close by.

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This way?

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Or that way?

You may find yourself on a deserted beach, watch out for sea urchins!

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Once all the adventuring is over you’re bound to have worked up a hunger. Snacks are a must.

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Expert chopping skills

Then it’s time to retreat to the deck for some cocktails and good company.

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Yes, I like Pina Coladas.

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I hate getting caught in the rain

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Nothing to do but sit back and watch the sun set.

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Then retreat to the lower deck for dinner.

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The next day I took the tiny canoe out again to photograph these pretty birds hanging out.

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It almost looked staged

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Then Andrew went for a paddle.

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While I snorkelled the nearby reefs.

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Then we sat here:

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For a very, very long time.

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Obsessed with conch shells

Pretty much all the meals from Casa en al AguaΒ featureΒ locally sourced fish. Delicious.

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Don’t you love it when your lunch stares back at you?!

After lunch I recommend staring some more at the amazing water.

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And finding new sea treasures to say hello to.

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Including the non dangerous urchins

Paddle some more.

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Make some more art:

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But above all else, relax. You made it.

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13 Responses to The best located hostel in the world: Casa en al Agua

  1. Jess Carey says:

    OMG you are kidding… how did you find this place?! It’s too perfect!! Also, your artistic friend is crazy talented πŸ™‚

  2. This is amazing and I am saving this. Thanks for sharing

  3. Lynne O'Brien says:

    There are no words….just so perfect! Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  5. Ashleigh says:

    Wow this is amaaaazing. I am headed to Colombia at the end of the year, this is definitely on the list. Can I just ask you how you got the boat from Cartagena? Everyone else seems to recommend the bus/taxi/boat route. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Bec says:

      We only took the boat return to Cartagena, on the way there we took the taxi/bus/taxi/boat route! The 2 hour boat is a transfer through the hostel, so there should be info on their website πŸ™‚ to get the boat back to Cartagena we just put our names down on the whiteboard at the hostel. Hope that makes sense! Have an awesome time πŸ™‚

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