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Free

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Beaches, Free Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 2.5Atmosphere

This beautiful beach, located south of downtown Cartagena, is one of the best and most budget-friendly beaches in the area. Visitors and locals alike share space on the white sand and in the azure waters of the popular Playa Blanca. But, keep in mind that the beach can get very crowded.

While nearly all past visitors at this beach appreciated the stunning location, many found themselves jaded relatively quickly. Some complained of persistent, intrusive vendors selling massages and food. Meanwhile, others couldn't get over the immense crowd.

Playa Blanca is located on the Barú peninsula, about 40 minutes from Cartagena via boat. Passage on one of the speedboats can be haggled to between roughly COL$20,000 (about $6) and COL$60,000 (about $19) at Muelle de la Bodeguita or other docks. The beach is also accessible through land routes, and the trek is slightly more than 20 miles in a car. While the beach is worth visiting as long as the sun is out, getting there early in the morning can help travelers avoid absurd crowd sizes.

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Cartagena's most famous attraction, the city's historic walls, began construction on the eastern edge of the city in 1586 and finished in 1796. Fast forward to 1984 and the iconic walls were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, the Walled City of Cartagena draws travelers hoping to explore its colonial architecture and peruse the wares of its numerous street vendors.

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