After spending hours wandering Cartagenaâ€™s narrow streets, a perfect way to cool down is to hit the beach.
Marbella is the closest to the city. This several-kilometer-long beach begins just 300 meters (1,000 ft) east of Las BĂłvedas and Museo de las Fortificacions and las Murallas. It is composed of five coves created by breakwaters. Marbella is the most popular playa with the locals.
Out on Bocagrande, the L-shaped peninsula south of the city, are a variety of beaches to choose from: the west coast (which has less mangrove debris further south), the south coast of Castillogrande (the bottom leg of the â€śLâ€ť), and Laguito (the curly-cue on the Lâ€™s bottom). The clearest water is at Laguito, just behind the Hilton Hotel.
The best beaches are further from Cartagena: La Boquilla (6 km / 3.6 mi) east and Playa Blanca on Isla BarĂş.
To get to Bocagrande, catch a buseta from the northeast corner of India Catalina ($0.80).
Most beaches have lifeguards. Bocagrandeâ€™s beaches are open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. On weekends and at holidays, all beaches are crowded.
Relative price: Free
Open Hours from:Dawn
Open Hours to:Dusk
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
Bring along your bathing suit and towel; sun block (or sun tan lotion); hat and something to cover up with once youâ€™ve gotten enough sun; water and snacks; and, anything else youâ€™d like to have at the beach.
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