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Which Beach?

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Which Beach?

We'll be in Cartagena centro for 6 days, mainly for sight-seeing. But if we want to spend a day relaxing on a beach, where should we go? We'd like a nice beach where we can rent some lounge chairs and umbrellas, possibly buy lunch or drinks, and.... not be hassled too much by hawkers.

Is there such a public beach, or do we need to go to a hotel with a day-pass?

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1. Re: Which Beach?

You choices are:

-las playas de Bocagrande. They are not not great... but average. you will be harassed by street vendors.

-las playas de Marbella, again not great but average. no street vendors.

-las playas de Baru, great but need to commute 40mins by boat (taken walking distance from el centro).

-las playas de la Boquilla, average, not as many street vendors.

All beaches are public in Colombia.

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2. Re: Which Beach?

There is also the Isla Rosaria tour. It is a nice day trip by boat and includes lunch and a couple of hours at the beach.

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3. Re: Which Beach?

Thx for the answers, guys. Just curious... why no vendors at Marbella? Can you rent chairs there? Baru sounds nice... the commute there, is it via scheduled boats?

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4. Re: Which Beach?

Hi!

Yes, by boats. Scheduled... mmmm.... Supposedly. In reality they leave when full.

The full islas rosario tour (with lunch) Bicks mentions is 62,000 pesos (50 for the tour itself, 12 for the port taxes). Direct boat to Isla Baru must be around 30,000 (plus 12,000 of taxes), without lunch. Boat trip back can be bumpy.

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5. Re: Which Beach?

Closer to Bocagrande is the somewhat preferably tranquil Playas de Castillo Grande. Baru offers up several nice Playa offerings; undoubtedly the most popular being Playa Blanca, regrettably it is what it is!

Through the magic of internet madness - so much relied on these days by “armchair travel experts” you can discover your own way aboard this post:

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Enjoy your beach time...

Edited: 01 October 2013, 20:10
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6. Re: Which Beach?

Cartagena beaches are nice, but if you want something really beautiful and secluded I would suggest checking out some of the beaches further north. There is an awesome spot called Palomino, really off the grid that is really nice. There are a range of different accommodation options to suit everyone's needs. Here's a really great story on Palomino; dontforgettomove.com/palomino-colombia-backp…

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7. Re: Which Beach?

Hi Julescys,

Ive been to Palomino a couple of times.... You are right in saying that is off the grid and "further north" (its a good 5 or 6 hours from Cartagena, not really suited for someone with limited time. Although the beaches look nice, you cannot really swim in them. The strong current and cold water will stop you. You cant really walk on the sand either... its so loose that and your feet will sink in it making each step really hard.

Nevertheless a safe and off the grid place as you called it.

Theres no vendors in Marbella as the beaches are not as crowded and visited mostly by locals

Edited: 02 October 2013, 19:29
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8. Re: Which Beach?

Thanks all for your comments. Since we're looking for "a day at the beach", it seems that Marbella is a good suggestion. Play Blanca sounds beautiful, but reviews seem to agree that the tours allow you only a couple of hours at most on the beach, pushing the aquarium or snorkeling trips instead. Also the vendors seem to be a nuisance at most beaches, least of all, Marbella.

Thx for your help.

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9. Re: Which Beach?

Yes perhaps little further north than what's convenient. But are you sure you're not just trying to persuade people away from Palomino to keep it quiet for yourself haha.

The water has a bit of a kick to it, but the sand isn't that bad. It's a natural beach, it's got a nice authentic rareness to it.

When we were there we had beautiful water to swim in, and refreshingly cold which was welcomed due to the thick humid days.

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10. Re: Which Beach?

Pelorrucho is absolutely right (as always!) about Marbella beach. It is a good "off the beaten track" place.

Chiefie, you don't need to take the full islas del rosario tour.You can take boats that only go to Playa Blanca. It's cheaper (like 30.000 pesos return, plus 12.000 of port taxes), and you can really spend the full day there.