We all dream of having a huge mansion on some idyllic island, but few of us will ever be able to afford that luxury. The King of Cocaine, however, could have snatched up entire islands if he wanted to with his billions.
When you have $30 billion just lying around, chances are you're going to have a couple of vacation homes. And where is the best place for a great party house? A quiet island in the Caribbean, of course.
Escobar decided to build his island vacation home on La Isla Grande, a small island in the Caribbean Sea. Before Pablo Escobar and his cartel decided to make La Isla Grande their island playground, it was known as a simple fishing and farming village with about 800 residents.
Escobar wanted to keep his party getaway on La Isla Grande a secret, but that didn’t mean he built a quaint, subtle home. He built a monstrosity of a mansion. This is Pablo Escobar we’re talking about, after all.
Now a derelict, empty beach house, Escobar’s giant complex on La Isla Grande was once filled with glamour, opulence and lots of cocaine. The mansion featured more than 300 rooms, so basically it was the biggest party pad in the world during the ‘80s.
8. Guests Enjoyed A Taste Of Luxury At La Isla Grande
The guests that stayed at Escobar’s La Isla Grande mansion experienced all of the finest things in life, including gold shower heads. The complex featured a huge swimming pool, sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and, of course, a helicopter launch pad.
9. Now, Escobar's Mansion Is Home To Squatters And Animals
While we can no longer see the lavish, opulent island mansion that Pablo Escobar and his friends once considered their secret party house, we can definitely imagine it. The complex once looked like a “strip from Miami’s South Beach," overflowing with women and filled with booze and drugs.
La Isla Grande is part of a group of islands called the Islas del Rosario, which are about 22 miles off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. El Patron and his squad could have easily accessed their party mansion by speedboat or by helicopter.
13. If Anyone Knew How To Throw Parties, It Was Pablo
However, his once spectacular party pad is now rotting away and largely forgotten. But if you ever find yourself on the small farming and fishing village of La Isla Grande, you should check it out and try to picture the lavish parties that were once held at the complex.