Playa Blanca

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Playa Blanca is a beautiful, isolated, near perfect cliche Caribbean beach located on Barú Island which lies along the Caribbean coast of Colombia, off Cartagena de Indias and near Las Islas del Rosario. Barú is part of the archipelago of Las Islas del Rosario, a natural National Park. The white sand and crystal clear water make it one of Colombia's best beaches, and not continuously being surrounded by vendors trying to offer you massages, sunglasses, baked fish, juices and fruit is a welcome change to the city beaches of Bocagrande and Crespo in Cartagena. The beach itself is about 3.5 kilometres long and considered safe for bathing, without unusual tides or strong currents. The water temperature is pleasant and warm, ranging between 26 °C and 29 °C.



Getting There

By Boat

The easiest way of getting to Playa Blanca is by boat. Every day except Sunday, small cargo boats leave from Mercado Bazurto, the big market of Cartagena, to Playa Blanca. Make sure you are at the market no later than 9:00am to secure your spot on board in both directions. Alternatively, most organized tour boats heading to Las Islas del Rosario pass by Playa Blanca and you can catch a ride with one of these. The trip takes about 45 minutes by speed boat or 2 hours in one of the regular boats, costing around 15,000 COP.

By Land

You can also get to Playa Blanca overland. You will have to cross the Canal del Dique at Pasacaballos (route to Mamonal from Cartagena). After Pasacaballos take the road to Playa Blanca/Corregimiento de Barú. The total trip will take somewhere between 60 and 90 minutes.


Eat & Drink

The main food available is fresh fish, lobster, crab, octopus, shark and sancocho de pescado (a type of fish stew). There are no real restaurants but several basic places where you can get something to eat and drink.




Typical accommodation at Playa Blanca is a hammock strung between palm trees with a mosquito net over it, either along the beach or dispersed in one of the green fields. There is no electricity or running water at this time, although the area is slated for further development because of its natural beauty.

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