Cartagena’s biggest island, Baru, has a collection of small, intimate beaches catering for a variety of crowds and tastes. Many of the best beaches are found beyond Playa Blanca and can only be accessed via land in a four-wheel vehicle or by sea.

  • This Is What We Love

    • Cholon’s party in the islands vibe isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s become a must-do for party-hard visitors to Cartagena
    • Staying overnight at Agua Azul Beach Club and having Cartagena’s best beach, Playa Azul, all to yourself in the morning
    • Winding back the clock with a Coco Loco whilst looking out to sea, it’s what life’s all about
    • Discovering Baru as part of an island expedition from Cartagena to the Rosario Islands
  • What You Need To Know

    • Baru’s best beaches are best discovered on a private speedboat or yacht. For groups this can work out to be very cost-effective. To find a boat that fits your budget and style check our boat hire options
    • You have plenty of fresh fish lunch food offering here, although it’s not necessarily fine dining. Reach out to one of our team if you and your group are looking for something a little special
    • The return to Cartagena in the afternoon can get a little choppy, especially during the windy season (Dec-March). Bring medication if you suffer from sea sickness and a plastic bag for your belongings
    • If you are heading to Cholon be warned some disreputable vendors have been known to apply a costly tourist tax on unwitting foreigners. It pays to go with someone who speaks the language to avoid getting ripped off

    Our Full Review

    Explore Cartagena’s jaw-dropping colonial architecture and historical charms then set sail on an island hopping trip of a lifetime.

    Uncover cultural riches, culinary treasures and set sail on a nautical adventure through, not one, but two, idyllic Caribbean archipelagos.

    A Luxury Bolthole

    Stay at a game-changing boutique bolt-hole, the city’s top hotel, or a luxurious holiday home in the heart of Cartagena’s old town. Whatever your style, find you the perfect place. All of our holiday homes from home come with superior service, devilish attention to the details and a designer flourish to ensure your stay is beyond superb.

    Cultural Loot

    Learn about the city’s rich history, culture and traditions with a selection of the city’s most authentic tours and experiences. Scratch beneath the surface and connect with the locals on a cultured itinerary that includes a historic walking tour and a full-day exploring a side to the city that not everybody sees.

    Culinary Treats

    Enjoy the very best culinary treats Cartagena has to offer. Sensational ceviche, world class tasting menus and an intoxicating, five-star rum-tasting will more than get you in the mood for a night cutting a rug at the city’s top salsa venue.

    Sail of the Century

    All aboard the shining stars of Cartagena’s sailing fleet. Learn how to sail in style on a beautiful old schooner that’s beautifully built for comfort and adventure. En route you will sail by Cartagena historic fortifications, through the Rosario Islands. Grab some sun on the vintage deck with a glass of wine or cold beer in hand and let the wind and the waves whisk you off to paradise.

    Paradise Found

    Explore not one but two Caribbean archipelagos. Snorkel, dive, fish, paddle board, or simply soak up the sun and the laidback vibes. Highlights of visiting the islands include, pristine, secluded beaches, midnight dips in magical lagoons, stunning sundowners, fishing with the locals or an unforgettable visit to, Islote, the world’s most densely populated island.


  • Barú

    With the exception of Playa Blanca, the most prized and expansive of Baru's beaches, the beaches on Cartagena's biggest island other are small, intimate and often lined with mangroves.

    If you're slightly disappointed with the urban beaches, Baru will exceed your beach expectations. Located a short 45-minute speedboat ride away you have more than enough powdery stretches of sand to keep you happy. Unlike the Rosario Islands, Baru is also accessible by land.

    The island's biggest meeting point is the protected cove of Cholon, where beach revellers let rip with some water bound tail-gating on private boats equipped with blaring sound systems and party as if they were auditioning for a hip hop video.

    If you're craving something a little more laid-back, there's some lovely beach front properties and beach clubs springing up on Baru for Colombia's moneyed classes that provide all the modern comforts for luxury beach combers.

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