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The most beautiful beaches in Cartagena de Indias

If you are going to travel to Cartagena de Indias, an essential stop is to visit its beaches and islands. A paradise on the shores of the Caribbean, with white sand and turquoise blue water.

There are beaches near the city and others where the best option is to hire an excursion. I tell you about the most beautiful beaches in Cartagena de Indias and which excursions are the most recommended.

The beaches near the city, or in it, are not very pretty and there are always more people. If you can, add a few days to enjoy the beaches that I am going to tell you about. Worth!


luminous plankton

One of the great activities to do in Cartagena de Indias is the luminous plankton tour. I had already seen it in Mexico, but I also decided to do the tour in Cartagena. It is something very curious to see and you have a great time.I assure you that it is real. Do not miss it!

White Beach (Baru Island)

It is the most popular beach near Cartagena de Indias thanks to its turquoise water and white sand. It is a fairly large beach, with trees, umbrellas and sun loungers.

To visit it you can take an excursion. It is the most popular excursion, apart from the proximity to the city, it is quite cheap.

Rosario Islands

The Islas del Rosario archipelago is made up of a total of 28 islands. The most extensive and touristic of all of them is Isla Grande. Within this island, two of the most popular beaches are Playa Bonita and Playa Libre.

To enjoy this paradise you have several options; visit the island by doing a full day excursion or you can get to the island (water transport or private transport from the hotel) and stay on the island. If you are clear that you want to add a beach to your stop in Cartagena de Indias, this is a good option to spend a couple of days relaxing on the beach.

We decided to spend 3 nights in Isla Grande, and we stayed at the Coralina Island hotel. It is a very small hotel, which does not even have stars. But IT IS A PASS! Rooms with all kinds of comforts, with views of the sea, turquoise blue, with a beach, a small port, surrounded by nature... and best of all, being such a small hotel there are no mass tourists here. The hotel has a restaurant, massages, water activities available…

San Bernardo Archipelago

This archipelago has 10 islands. The most touristic and popular island is Isla Múcura. Another good option is Isla Tintipan. Although they are not the only ones that have accommodation. To get to one of these islands you can go by boat from the Bodeguita pier, in Cartagena. To get to these islands the journey is somewhat longer, and the best option is to spend at least a couple of nights.

We stayed 2 nights at the Quinta del Mar Sunset hotel, it is like a kind of homestay, with private rooms and a full bathroom inside the room. It has a swimming pool, on the beach... it is a great option.

Island of San Andres

The Island of San Andrés is possibly the best option to enjoy the beach in Cartagena de Indias. It is located within the San Andrés archipelago, and was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, to protect coral formations, mangroves and areas of tropical dry forest.

It was the beach option that we liked the most since not only do you have a beach, but there are many things to do. It is an island with a lot of atmosphere and you will have a great time.

In San Andrés we spent 2 nights at the soundbay house villa, on the seafront. One last! It is a large villa perfect for families or groups of friends.

Tayrona National Park

Another of the visits to do in Cartagena de Indias and that I highly recommend is visiting the Tayrona National Park. A park full of jungles and paradisiacal beaches.

To get to know the park and enjoy it, the best option is to visit it on an excursion.


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