Best Beaches Near Cartagena

 Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca in Baru

Beautiful white sand that gets loaded with tourists. Get here as early as possible for a spot and don't come here if you want a quiet spot.

There are several ways to get here including by bus, taxi, ferry or boat. 

 Rosario Islands

Rosario Islands

The most beautiful area around Cartagena if you're looking for crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. The archipelago has many islands (28 total) to choose from.

Read my full article on how to get to Rosario Island here.

 Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park

Ok, technically this isn't near Cartagena and needs a whole side trip of its own but I have to mention it. It is so beautiful!!!

You can read exactly how to plan a trip to this gorgeous park here.

 Bocagrande Beach

Bocagrande Beach

Extremely close to Cartagena, so this also makes it the most crowded. Bocagrande feels like Miami set in Colombia. 

 La Boquilla Beach

La Boquilla Beach

The easiest way to get here is by taxi. The small beach is home to a fishing village and very nice. You can also hire someone to take you in the mangroves from this beach.

 Punta Arena in Tierra Bomba

Punta Arena in Tierra Bomba

The white sandy beaches of Punta Arena on the eastern side of the large island of Tierra Bomba is one of the best kept secrets of Cartagena. And I'm totally OK with giving away the secret. 

Final Thoughts

Even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you. Here are some books I recommend...

Also, a super common question I get is: what camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and this is the wide angle lens I use and love - I am seriously obsessed with it. 

My full guide that includes all the camera gear I take on every trip is here.

 

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email (tessajuliette@gmail.com). 

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