With the size of just two football pitches, Santa Cruz del Islote is the most densely populated island in the world. Located across from the Gulf of Morrosquillo in the department of Bolivar in Colombia, the tiny Caribbean island is home to around 1,200 people. Said to be discovered by a Colombian fisherman more than 100 years ago, the island can only be reached after a two-hour boat ride from Cartagena.
But do you know how life is like to live in the world’s most densely populated island?
Most of the people living on Santa Cruz del Islote rely on solar panels to get electricity to their homes.
While the island is vibrant, it is poor. There is not much for locals to do there. They travel to nearby islands for work.
There is no clean drinking water and pollution and rubbish is a major problem in the island.
The island is made up of colorful buildings and narrow streets but it has a problem with sewage.
The tiny island has 97 houses, a school, a restaurant, and two shops.
More than half the population of the island, around 65%, is made up of young people.
One of the ironies about this tiny island is that although there is an active street life there has been no reports of violence or armed conflict.
Despite life all calm and delightful, there are issues with the island as there is no cemetery, no electricity, and no doctor.
It is said that when there’s a party on the island it often last three days or as long as there is beer and rum.
It is said that a lot of younger children have plans to move off the island to build a life on the mainland, as they become more aware of the world.
Despite people claim that they are living in a paradise, life on this tiny island is not all blissful. It hardly resembles the standards of a modern society. In anything, the community is relying totally on supplies delivered by the Colombian navy from the mainland.