Playa Blanca, Baru: The ideal tourist complement to Cartagena



If you are planning a trip to historic Cartagena, I suggest adding to your list of places to visit Playa Blanca (White Beach) in Baru.


From Cartagena de Indias we can reach Playa Blanca by land through the Baru peninsula or Isla Baru (Baru island), as it is also known. It is one of the most popular beaches in Cartagena for its beauty, location (approx. 1 hour by car from Cartagena de Indias) and easy access thanks to the Baru Bridge (enabled in 2014). Access to Playa Blanca is free, however, if you go by private car, the parking service has a cost.


Within the beach you will find several accommodation options, restaurants, tour operators (they will offer you boat rides to the nearby islands for diving and snorkeling), tropical drink kiosks (with and without alcohol), cevicherias and, as always, street vendors of all kinds of products such as crafts, garments, glasses, hats, typical sweets, etc.


Playa Blanca is a good option for a day of sun and sand, although if you decide to stay one or two nights you will get a better experience since there is no better sleep than to sleep listening at the sound of the seawaves from your hostel room, or take a walk by the sea to watch the sunset.


Another peculiarity is that the accommodation in Baru usually has an ecological concept, this means that most of the hostels rooms are made of rustic wood, and that the bathroom is usually shared and outdoors.


Activities you can do in Playa Blanca:

  • snorkeling (in the coral reefs on the beach shore)

  • scuba diving

  • kayaking

  • fishing

The beach is clean and its sand white. This fact adds value and places it on the list of tourist attractions to consider on our next trip to Cartagena.


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