Santa Cruz del Islote

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Santa Cruz del Islote
Santa Cruz del Islote.jpg
Country Colombia
Coordinates 9°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
Length 0.2 km (0 mi)
Width 0.12 km (0 mi)
Area 0.012 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 1,247
Density 103,917/km2 (269,144/sq mi)

Santa Cruz del Islote (English: Santa Cruz Islet or Holy Cross Islet) is an 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 the most densely populated island on Earth.[2]


It can be accessed by a ferry ride from the port of Tolu. The residents have to use neighboring islands as cemetery[2] and recreation grounds, while the residents work on the mainland instead of on the island. The students attend school on the neighboring mainland.[citation needed] 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 

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