Spend the Day or Night on Tierra Bomba: Hotel Tropical Inn
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As a fun break from my writing obligations, I asked my daughter to guest-write this post. I thought it'd be fun to get a 12-year old's perspective. Enjoy!
Recently our family took a trip across the bay to an island named Tierra Bomba to a small hotel called the Hotel Tropical Inn. The Inn was nice and the people that work there were very nice and always wanted to help, but the island is more of a day trip rather than a three day, two night trip like we did. After long enough we ended up doing everything, the beach, pool and shell collecting. We had a couple adventures during our trip such as being accompanied by a cockroach friend in our bathroom, and also experienced a small tour boat sink right in front of the Inn. The group of people on the boat turned out ok, but I am sure were pretty shaken up. After that we were happy that we were not leaving that day, but leaving the next.
There are a couple more downsides to the Hotel Tropical Inn. When it gets dark and everyone comes to eat dinner, they play music while you're eating, which doesn't sound all that bad but they don't stop playing it, the music is going when everybody is trying to go to sleep and even when there's nobody down there listening. Although, the ocean is beautiful and the sand is white, when going into the water we started feeling something floating by our feet. We couldn't tell whether it was seaweed or plastic/garbage and we never confirmed either, but we do know my dad pulled either a T-shirt or a pair of underwear out of the water.
Another downside was that there were motorcycles constantly driving by while we were trying to relax on the beach or go in the water. There was no in-between, it was either ocean, dry sand, or getting run over by motorcycles, no good spot to build sandcastles. Also, the pool the Inn has is always cloudy no matter what time of day it is, they do put chlorine into it daily but somehow it never looks clean.
To end this review off, the food is fair, neither good nor bad, certain things were good and others were bad such as their "shrimp cocktail" which was more of rotten shrimp floating in lime juice then a cocktail, but they do make a surprisingly good ham and cheese sandwich.
Location: East side of Isla Tierra Bomba in Cartagena, Colombia.
Overnight reservations: You can call the hotel directly, if you speak fluent Spanish. Otherwise reservations can be made through booking.com.
Day trips: Single day trips to the property can be made by contacting the hotel using WhatsApp at +57-315-716-7761.
Transportation: The hotel has their own boat by the same name that docks at the Bodeguita dock near El Centro (Entrance #1). The boat captain is Mr. Enrique Villeros.
Food: Yes, the property has an open-air restaurant on the pool deck. Breakfast is included with an overnight stay. They have a full menu of lunch and dinner items too. Plus, a drinks menu which is available on order on the beach too.
Hot water: Nope. I'm told most island locations near Cartagena do not have hot water. So do not expect a hot shower, it's more like luke warm.