Playa Blanca, Baru Island

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Playa Blanca, Baru Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

1. Cartagena: Private Boat Tour Around the Islands

Explore the beautiful and stunning islands along the Caribbean coastline with this private boat hire in Cartagena. Choose from a variety of yachts and speedboats ranging from 29 feet (8.8 meters) to 62 feet (18.9 meters) long that accommodate up to 10-18 people. With the help of your captain, plan your own personalized itinerary based on your interests and sightseeing wishes. Cruise along the islands on your private boat and combine relaxation, pleasure, and fun. At any time, feel free to request to stop for lunch, visit beaches, or be taken to a secluded area to enjoy some time for swimming in the sea. Play your favorite tunes on the boat's fully equipped sound system to ensure the perfect soundtrack to your day. With your own private boat for just you and your group, what you see and what you do is entirely up to you.

From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

2. From Cartagena: Day Trip to Playa Blanca with Lunch

Enjoy a paradisiacal day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's aptly-named Playa Blanca. After getting picked up from your hotel in Cartagena, take a 1-hour journey in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan to Baru. Learn more about local life in both the city and the island towns from your local driver. Once in Baru, take a quick, idyllic stroll along the beach to reach where you will spend the day. Make the most of all the facilities the place has to offer, including sundecks to relax on the beach. In the afternoon, savor a delicious lunch with several options including vegetarian and meat dishes. If none of the options take your fancy feel free to order anything else on the menu and only pay the difference. Head back to the beach after lunch to relax for another few hours before beginning the journey back to Cartagena in the evening.

Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

3. Cartagena: Snorkel, Mangroves and Playa Blanca Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation at 7:30 AM in an air-conditioned bus. Meet your guide who will provide all the details about your upcoming adventure and the route. At 9 AM, arrive at the island of Baru and board a boat. Cruise for 15 minutes through the crystal clear waters until you arrive at the snorkeling site. After 1 hour of enjoyable snorkeling, continue the tour into the mangroves to see birds, iguanas, and other species. Discover the fascinating landscapes of the island and the life of the native species who inhabit this magical ecosystem. At 1 PM, head back to Playa Blanca to enjoy a delicious lunch with options of fish, chicken, or vegetarian. Once you've eaten, spend some time swimming in the clear waters or relaxing on the beautiful white sand beach. At 3:30 PM, board the return bus which will drop you off back at your hotel.

Cartagena: Playa Blanca Round-Trip Transfer

4. Cartagena: Playa Blanca Round-Trip Transfer

Book your transfer in advance and avoid the public transportation system or the stressful boat docks to relax while you are driven in an air-conditioned bus to Playa Blanca, located around 1 hour from Cartagena's walled city. Be picked in front of the clock tower early in the morning and begin your drive towards Playa Blanca, while admiring panoramic views of the city and the ocean. Enjoy a paradisaical day relaxing on the white sand beach of Baru Island's most famous beach. Contrary to the all-inclusive tours, chose the place where you want to stay according to your liking and enjoy your day as you please with the activities offered in the beach such as jet skis, banana boat, kayak, snorkeling or a massage. After having lots of fun throughout the day, meet your driver in the same place you were dropped off at 3:00 PM for a convenient drive back to the walled city.

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What people are saying about Playa Blanca, Baru Island

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 162 reviews

The BEST day trip you could do for Playa Blanca! Jose is an amazing guide, so hospitable. The pick-up was fairly early (6:45 AM) but we got there at the perfect time - right before the beach starts getting super busy. Our guide took us to our own private, fenced-off restaurant of the beach where we soaked up the views and some of the sun in our very own gazebo. The set-up was perfect because you don't get too many vendors coming to you, but can look for anything you want to buy at a distance. The wait staff at Mambo Beach was also super awesome - we were able to order drinks, lunch, etc. with ease. Would HIGHLY recommend this trip - probably the best one for the best value out of everything I looked into re: Playa Blanca.

Hired a private car and driver for the day to Plays Blanca. Driver Hiro was pleasant and full of information along the drive. Spanish only but we’re good with that. He actually escorted us to the beach and we walked to the far end to escape the madness of the accessible center. Went to a place he was familiar with and had a great day in surf and sun. Fried fish lunch, a few beers and we were happy campers. Never felt less then secure leaving our bags or money on the beach. Just watch it… we took care but got surprisingly roasted in the sun. The equatorial sun is no joke! Recommend the drivers service and had a great day thanks to him

Super cool. The guide, José, is very attentive. The only problem is that there are too many flies, but the service is cool.

It was fantastic but you need being additional money for experiences, drinks and souvenirs.

Excellent experience, the hosts José and Jesús very attentive. All 10. Recommended 100%