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Beaches in Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is virtually surrounded by beaches and its nearby islands are home to some magnificent white sand beaches, and more tranquil beaches if you are willing to go a little further afield. The largest and most central beaches are around the peninsular.

Bocagrande and Laguito Beach

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Bocagrande and Laguito. As a result of their close proximity to the city, they tend to be the busiest. However, despite their popularity, they are well maintained and thoroughly cleaned and raked every night.

Boquilla and Manzanillo Beach

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A 25 minute bus ride away is the beach at Boquilla and 35minutes away is Manzanillo beach. Both of these are good beaches with safe waters. All of the beaches mentioned are brown sand beaches as they are some distance away from the coral reefs that create white sand beaches.

White Beach

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However, if you are willing to invest a little time travelling, then head south to Baru where you will find the beautiful Playa Blanca. This white sand beach is approximately two hours from Cartagena by bus or taxi. Baru has no hotels but there are a number of good beach restaurants worth trying. Due to the distance from the city, plan a full day there; you will not be disappointed.

Rosario Islands

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Another excellent day trip for beach lovers is to the Rosario Islands; a boat ride of just under 2 hours from the shores of the city. Here you will find incredible, unspoilt beaches with an abundance of exotic flora and fauna. There are a few hotels and some excellent seafood restaurants. The beaches of Rosario Islands are quiet with fewer visitors and no peddle boats to disturb the peace. As the waters are crystal clear, this is an excellent spot for diving and snorkelling, and all equipment is available for hire.

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