I went to Corona beer's private island – and it's nothing like you'd expect | The Sun
I'M sipping a Corona beer while looking out over the water, being one of the first people in the world to set foot on this private piece of land.
The island, created by the beer Corona and aptly named Corona Island is opening to the public for the first time next year, and I was one of the lucky few to visit first.
Found just 45 minutes off the coast of Cartegena, popular holiday destination in Columbia, I wasn't sure what to expect.
Of course, being greeted by complimentary beer as soon as my toes sunk into the warm sand meant it was off to a quick start.
I quickly realised not to say yes every time, rarely finding myself without a beer in hand, which quickly changed to unlimited tequila shots when the sun went down.
And that was the ethos of the island – party hard but without the footprint.
It is the first Blue Verified Island in the world, with Corona working with non-profit Ocean Global to make it as sustainable as possible.
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So this means no single-use plastics, solar panels charging up 70 per cent of the island, as well as reducing food waste.
The sole restaurant on-site does just that, using leftover food or whatever was sent to the island that day so don't expect a menu – but I wasn't bothered when it resulted in a leftover croissant bread pudding.
I also gorged on local fried fish and huge batches of paella cooked up by Chilean chef and Colombian Masterchef judge, Christopher Carpienter.
Don't worry about being bored while your meal is cooked – I spent most of the time trying to fend off the island's monkeys and birds which all remain on the island in their natural habit to avoid disrupting their lives.
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