Santa Cruz del Islote

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Santa Cruz del Islote
Native name:
Santa Cruz del Islote
Santa Cruz del Islote.jpg
LocationSan Bernardo Archipelago
Coordinates9°47′9″N 75°51′33″W / 9.78583°N 75.85917°W / 9.78583; -75.85917Coordinates: 9°47′9″N 75°51′33″W / 9.78583°N 75.85917°W / 9.78583; -75.85917
Area12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft)
Length200 m (700 ft)
Width120 m (390 ft)

Santa Cruz del Islote (English: Santa Cruz Islet or Holy Cross Islet) is an artificial island located off the coast of Bolívar Department in Colombia.[1] It is a part of the Archipelago of San Bernardo.[1] Its significant population compared with its small size results in its being one of the most densely populated islands on Earth.[2]


The island has a total area of just under one hectare (10,000 m2).[3] It can be accessed by ferry from the port of Tolu. The inhabitants have to use neighboring islands as cemetery[2] and recreation grounds, and they work on the mainland rather than on the island. There is one school, with one teacher.[3] The Mucura Island Hotels are a prime source of work for the residents.

A map of Archipelago of San Bernardo. Santa Cruz del Islote is located in the upper-left of the map.

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  1. ^ a b Rincon-Diaz, Martha Patricia; Rodríguez-Zárate, Clara Jimena (December 2004). "Characterization of nesting beaches and feeding areas of marine turtles at the San Bernardo Archipelago, Colombian Caribbean". Volume 33, Number 1. Bulletin of Marine and Coastal Research. Retrieved 9 January 2015. ISSN 0122-9761 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Wells, Miriam; Jack, Hunter (January 5, 2013), "How people live on the most crowded island on Earth", Toronto Star
  3. ^ a b Lucy Lorena (11 June 2013). "Un viaje por Santa Cruz del Islote, la isla más poblada de Colombia" [Santa Cruz del Islote, lo most densely populated island of Colombia]. El Pais (Colombia) (in Spanish).

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