Welcome to the Beaches of Cartagena, Colombia
is nearly surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. Small, coral
stone protected beaches can be found only a few meters outside
of the ancient Walled City. The larger beach extends around
the peninsula of Bocagrande and Laguito,
the other popular tourist area of Cartagena. Less than 25
minutes by bus (about 25 cents) from the Walled City, there
is another beach: Boquilla. Ten minutes
beyond Boquilla Beach, is Manzanillo Beach.
The more heavily used beaches are maintained each night,
with large tractors, pulling power sand rakes.
above beaches are popular because of their nearness to the
cities hotels. The beach sand is brown because there are
no nearby offshore coral reefs feeding the beaches with
white "sand" which actually is the tiny fragments
of shells and coral which make up the reefs eco system.
The Island of Bocachica contains Fort San José, one
of the two outermost forts which provided early protection
of ancient Cartagena. Bocachica Beach has
a number small places to eat, get a massage, or merely sleep
away the afternoon in a hanging hammock. Small boats depart
from the Pegasos bay, (across from Convention Center) the
in the mornings, and make runs throughout the day. Click
for Beach Photos.
sand beaches can be found at Playa Blanca (White
Beach) in Baru. These beaches are to the south of Cartagena, and
can be accessed by bus, taxi, car, or boat. This is a remote area
with restaurants, beaches, but no hotels. Plan on a whole day,
as the travel time is about two hours each way. Playa Blanca offers
white sand and waters of white, green and blue. There are fewer
visitors and therefore no peddlers to disturb your day at the
Beaches of the Rosario Islands, are less than
two hours by boat. These beaches are a day trip, offering the
best in natural conditions, plus a variety of nice hotels and
restaurants, AND the aquarium, for those who love nature.
For world class beaches, swimming, snorkeling and diving-the Cartagena
off shore islands are a real treat! Click
for Islands Photos.
beaches are considered safe for bathers with no unusual rip tides
or strong currents. These are the same tranquil water and current
conditions that existed almost 500 years ago, and the primary
reason for the founding of Cartagena. The more frequented beaches
contain safety flags to warn bathers of bad weather. The international
standard RED FLAG
is a warning to stay out of the water. Surfers, however consider
the red flag as their "go" flag! Different strokes,
for different folks! Be safe, and have fun! Cartagena has it ALL.