Corona Island: A Case Study

A Pioneering Blue-Verified Island, Setting the Standard for Plastic-Free Tourism

The journey toward a sustainable future is far from easy, but a small island reminds us that it is far from impossible. Tucked away in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, Corona Island has achieved to become the world's first blue-verified island, promoting sustainability by eliminating single-use plastic and offering experiences that allow guests to reconnect with nature. 

Corona Island, a paradise nestled in the heart of the Caribbean SeaCorona Island, a paradise nestled in the heart of the Caribbean Sea

Corona, the first global beverage brand with a net-zero plastic footprint, partnered with the international non-profit Oceanic Global to ensure that the island operates with a minimal environmental footprint. 

In this blog post, let's take a closer look and explore what makes Corona Island an inspiration for relaxation and sustainability.

A Pristine Oasis

Just off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, Corona Island boasts impressive natural wonders that will take your breath away. From the crystal-clear waters to the white sandy beach, it creates a paradise-like atmosphere you can never truly forget.

Corona Island combines a wonderful guest experience with environmentalism. Photo: ©livecoronaisland.comCorona Island combines a wonderful guest experience with environmentalism. Photo: ©

Blue Verification: Commitment to Sustainability and Conservation

Corona Island is really committed to taking care of our oceans and embracing sustainability. They've done such a great job that they've earned the 3-star Blue Standard from Oceanic Global. It's a certification that recognizes their exemplary efforts in eliminating single-use plastic and adopting sustainable practices in all areas of the island, including construction, energy usage, food sourcing, and the experiences provided for their guests on-site.

The War on Single-Use Plastic

At Corona Island, they care deeply about marine life and its ecosystems. That's why they have completely banned single-use plastic and opt for sustainable alternatives instead, which can help prevent entanglement and keep the marine creatures safe.

Sustainable Infrastructure

You rarely come across structures that take into consideration their impact on the environment before construction. However, Corona Island is different. All the facilities were carefully built by skilled locals without heavy machinery to avoid pollution, and each bungalow was strategically placed to ensure that nature was not disrupted in any form.

The cabins are made from sustainable materials and do not disrupt the environment. Photo: ©oceanic.globalThe cabins are made from sustainable materials and do not disrupt the environment. Photo: ©

Stewarding Natural Assets Through Sustainable Tourism Practices

While on the island, guests are encouraged to take part in some amazing activities while being mindful of the environment, such as farm-to-table experiences, bird watching, sunrise yoga, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or star gazing. Wifi access is also limited to encourage guests to do a digital detox. The chef's menu also features dishes made with locally-sourced, low-impact ingredients. And, to keep things even more eco-friendly, only 20 guests are allowed to stay at a time.

Mangrove planting at Corona Island. Photo: ©oceanic.globalMangrove planting at Corona Island. Photo: ©
Tree planting at Corona Island. Photo: ©oceanic.globalTree planting at Corona Island. Photo: ©

Integrating Sustainable Operations

Corona island is really mindful about how they operate and implement sustainable efforts, as simple as producing energy from solar panels, having responsible wastewater infrastructure, proper recycling, and composting programs, and storing and delivering drinking water in reusable containers.

Education and Awareness

It's always nice to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and Corona Island is the perfect escape. To top that, guests can also enjoy their stay with interactive experiences that focus on conscious consumption and sustainable living. Activities may include workshops on plastic-free living, mangrove planting, and visits to coral restoration projects. It's the perfect way to unwind and do something good for the planet at the same time.

Corona Island: A Global Inspiration

The story of Corona Island is truly inspiring for those in the tourism and hospitality industry. It reminds us that prioritizing sustainability and conservation can make a positive difference. Even small steps can have a significant impact in the future. Corona Island is leading the way in protecting the environment and setting an example for the rest to follow.

Corona Island partnered with Oceanic Global to protect paradise. Photo: ©livecoronaisland.comCorona Island partnered with Oceanic Global to protect paradise. Photo: ©


To quote the company's Global Vice President, Felipe Ambra, "Our hope is that when guests return home, they'll have fallen in love with nature again, and will be re-energized to be better global citizens in their communities."

What an inspiration Corona Island is.

It is a truly remarkable place that I hope to visit one day as they have set a new standard for eco-tourism. It’s a destination to look forward to because it showcases how guests can enjoy a delightful getaway filled with fun and learning opportunities, all while being mindful of their impact on the environment.

Corona Island. Photo: ©livecoronaisland.comCorona Island. Photo: ©

How to book a visit to Corona Island?

Starting from summer 2023, the island will be open to guests. However, it's worth noting that U.S. residents won't be able to book stays on the island. Access will be limited to certain countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and South Africa. 

For more details and to learn about how to book a stay on Corona Island starting July 2023, visit the registration page here.

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