Cartagena de Indias has a legendary reputation among the people of beach and sun. The Colombian city, with perfect sea and sand, has become a landmark for true beach lovers. Recent studies have determined that Colombia is one of the happiest countries on the planet, and we are sure that all this happiness has something to do with the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Here we present the 5 best beaches in Cartagena where you can enjoy the best festive atmosphere during your vacations.
Those who come to the island of Barú should spend a few hours in the wonderful Playa Blanca, one of the landmarks of this magical coastal destination. Avoid the crowds by going first thing in the morning or after 3pm, and take everything you need for a day at the beach with you: towel, umbrella, a good book, and sunscreen. Despite being one of the most popular and busiest destinations in Cartagena, this is a place that is worth seeing, not only for the vast multitude of local craft markets where you can buy souvenirs, but for a pink beach that is plunges into the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, giving rise to a unique show. If you pass through the peninsula-island of Barú, make a stop at the National Aviary of Colombia, a protected area for birds where you can observe wonderful species in a relatively little frequented environment.
Castillo Grande Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Bocagrande peninsula, in the heart of Cartagena. If you are passionate about luxury beaches, this is your place, a place that the world elite has made a reference point for luxury beach life. Although it is a beautiful beach, the many resorts here make it an exclusive area where you can still enjoy the Caribbean with a little privacy. Right next to this area an underwater wall was built to keep pirate ships at bay, but today it still serves as a barrier to stronger currents. For this reason, Playa Castillo Grande is the perfect place to enjoy a swim in very calm waters, but not so crystal clear due to the presence of the port.
Playas de Islas del Rosario
If you are planning to increase your stay on the island of Barú, enjoy Playa Blanca and then take a trip to the Rosario Islands, an archipelago of islands near Barú, not far from the coast of Cartagena and with wonderful beaches, so beautiful like the beaches in the area, although they are almost deserted. Here you enter the Corales del Rosario National Natural Park, home to the most beautiful coral reef in Colombia and the perfect place to admire the local marine life.
Playa de Punta Arenas
Come to Tierra Bomba Island for the popularity of the place and stay in Punta Arenas, right in front of Castillo Grande. Punta Arenas beach is one of Cartagena’s best kept secrets, where the locals are eager to satisfy all the needs of beach tourists with traditional fish dishes and refreshing drinks. Punta Arenas is a charming coastal tongue of white sand, with a blue and turquoise sea. If you are looking for a relaxing day under an umbrella or need a moment to yourself, come here. If you prefer, you can also book a trip to the island with lunch, transportation and “almost” private beach included.
Playa de Bocagrande
La Playa De Bocagrande es una de las playas urbanas más famosas del mundo y, por supuesto, de Cartagena. Situada frente al barrio del mismo nombre (famoso por sus rascacielos y hoteles de lujo), Bocagrande es uno de los lugares más glamurosos de Colombia, con una hermosa playa de arena blanca y suave a pocos pasos de la vida nocturna: te sorprenderá la comodidad de las instalaciones, el lujo y el acceso a una de las playas más hermosas y concurridas de Colombia.
There are many treasures that remain to be discovered in Cartagena, and the best, each of these comes loaded with the incredible human warmth of the people of the region. Do not forget to enjoy these beaches in the company of good local food and get to know the cultural richness and skills of the locals. Remember to become an active protector of this paradise so that we can enjoy and preserve it for a long time.