AAA Editor Notes
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park (Parque Punta Sur) is at Km 28 at the southern end of the Costera Sur (coastal highway), about 28 km (17 mi.) s. of the main ferry landing; take the Punta Sur turn-off and proceed about 100 yards down a dirt road to the entrance ticket booth. This national ecological reserve focuses on the conservation of local wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas, egrets and herons, and therefore has few tourist-oriented facilities.
The Celarain Lighthouse, built in 1934, stands guard at the island's southern point. The steep circular staircase can be climbed, and there are outstanding views from the top. Next to the lighthouse, the Navigation Museum has displays of ship models, nautical artifacts, maps and exhibits relating to lighthouse history.
Flatbed trucks with bench seating shuttle visitors to La Playa mas Hermosa (“The Most Beautiful Beach”) for snorkeling. You can swim out to the reef from shore; two floating platforms anchored offshore provide a place to rest en route. Forty-minute pontoon boat rides explore the mangroves and bird life of Colombia Lagoon. Note: Cars are permitted only as far as the lighthouse parking lot.
A map of the park is handed out at the entrance booth. A snack bar at the snorkeling beach sells soda, cold beer and chips. Restrooms are on site. Snorkeling gear can be rented.
Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.