Playa Blanca, located on beautiful Barú Island, is a destination that you simply cannot avoid falling in love with; its landscapes and perfect blue waters are just a few reasons to make this place a must-visit destination when you are in Cartagena. In addition, it stands out for being one of the best beaches in Colombia.
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Barú Island is one of the top tourism attractions in Cartagena. It has many white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and some small streams covered with mangrove and multi-colored coral reefs.
In this article, we tell you how to get to Playa Blanca on Barú Island from Cartagena and some tips with useful information about prices and costs, so you can be prepared to enjoy your stay in this heavenly destination.
How to get to Playa Blanca in Barú?
To get to Playa Blanca on Barú Island, first you need to get to Cartagena. Once there, you have two options: by sea or by land. Your third option would be to book a tour to Playa Blanca.
The first option is to take a boat from the La Bodeguita harbour, which is very close to the Torre del Reloj. The boat to Playa Blanca will cost around 50.000 COP to 65.000 COP per person, plus 15.500 COP for the tax that you must pay to enter the Barú Island. In this option, you can choose the conditions of the tour: lunch included, visiting other islands or only Playa Blanca. However, you have to take into account that your stay on the island will be short since you have to be back by 3 pm.
On the contrary, if you choose to travel by land, this option takes longer to get there, but it is cheaper and you will have the option of staying all time you want. The trip by land to Playa Blanca lasts around 2 hours. This is the route: get to Mall Plaza el Castillo, either by walking or taking the means of transportation you prefer. You must then cross the avenue and board a bus to Pasacaballo. If you are unsure if you are in the correct place, remember you can ask anyone on the streets, including the police officers, for help, and they will be happy to assist you. The trip lasts for about an hour and a half and the ticket costs 2.100 COP. You must tell the driver that you are going to Playa Blanca and to notify you where the bus stop is.
Then, when you get off the bus, you still have to take one more from of transportation to get to Playa Blanca. You can choose a moto-taxi for 5.000 COP or collective taxi for 10.000 COP per person. Once you have decided which option you prefer, jump in and you will arrive at the entrance to the beach before you know it!
Where to sleep and eat in Playa Blanca?
If you want to fully enjoy this destination and visit all the monuments, you can choose spending one or a more nights in Playa Blanca. Regardless of the size of your budget, you can find different accommodation options, starting at 10.000 COP/ for a hammock or camping for 20.000 COP per night.
In the same way, you can also find all kinds of restaurants and places to eat at different prices; however, it is better if you bring your own provisions.
Do not forget sunscreen and water (it is really important since there is not too much water available, and the price of water on the island is triple the price of water in Cartagena). If you decide to sleep there, take into account that the electricity works until 6 pm, so take the necessary measures to charge all your devices beforehand.
Beware of street vendors, they often charge more to tourists, so if one approaches you, make sure to beware of this discrepancy before buying, or refuse their service.. Take a bag to pick up your garbage yourself, because, as you can imagine, garbage collection service does not get here.
There are other beaches that can be visited by tourists. The most popular are Punta Iguana, Puerto Naito, Playa Blanca, la Playita de Cholón, Playita de los Muertos and Playa Bobo. All of these beaches are ideal to enjoy the sun, sand, and fantastic landscapes.
If you want to visit other beautiful places during your time in Colombia, you cannot miss visiting Mucura and Tintinpán Islands, close to Tolú; Taganga, Minca and Tayrona Park in Santa Marta; in the department of La Guajira, you can get to Palomino, to the Fauna and Flora Sanctuary Los Flamencos, Cabo de la Vela and finally get to the extreme north point of Colombia and South America, Punta Gallinas. You can also visit this blog and read all the information we have prepared for you.