Beaches in Cartagena

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Cartagena Beaches play a large part in the city's appeal to tourists. The number one tourist destination in Colombia, Cartagena is as famous for its steamy heat and sandy beaches as it is for its colorful colonial architecture and lively nightlife. Washed by the warm waters of the Caribbean and fringed with coconut palms, the beaches here are popular with tourists and locals alike. While there are some decent stretches of sand to be found within the city itself, the best beaches lie in the surrounding area, and include semi-deserted tropical islands, perfect for learning to scuba dive.

Cartagena City Beaches

The intense heat of Cartagena means that visitors won't want to stray too far from the sea, and it's perfectly possible to swim, sunbathe and participate in water sports without leaving the city limits. Cartagena's city beaches are not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but they are more than adequate for those who want to work on their tans and take a cooling dip without taking a bus ride or boat trip. Guests staying in the high rise hotels of Bocagrande will find the sea right on their doorstep, and the beach here is good for sunbathing, although the water can sometimes be too dirty for swimming. The beach at Bocagrande gets packed during high season, so sunbathers looking for a little more elbow room will find it is worth making the trip to Marbella. This soft sandy beach, just north of Las Bovedas, is popular with locals but largely overlooked by tourists. and the clear waters are good for swimming and snorkeling.

Beaches Close to Cartagena

The Caribbean coastline around Cartagena is studded with beautiful beaches and tropical islands, and visitors won't have to travel far to find their own piece of paradise. No self-respecting sun-lover should leave without making a trip to the Parque Nacional Corales de Rosario, which is home to an archipelago of 30-plus tiny islands. Thick with tropical flora and washed by warm, clear waters, the park lies around 45 km from Cartagena. There are regular boat trips from the city, and your hotel or hostel should be able to recommend reliable operators. Also worthy of a visit is La Boquilla, a pocket-sized fishing village that teems with locals on weekends but is usually quiet during the week. The village is about a 25-minute bus ride from Cartagena, and the beach here is lined with good fish restaurants. There are plenty of welcoming, inexpensive guest houses for those who want to stay the night.

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