A go to guide for Cartagena's best beaches - The lowdown on the best strips of sand in Cartagena for beach bums looking to let it all hang out

Cartagena Beach Life A go to guide for Cartagena's best beaches

Blessed with an average temperature of 27.7ºC and 2,500 hours of brilliant Caribbean sunshine a year, pretty much every day is a good day to go to the beach in Cartagena.

Boasting a total of 19 km of beaches in the metropolitan area, nearly another 100 km of beaches heading north to Barranquilla and the 43-island archipelago, Islas del Rosario 40-minutes by boat to the south there are plenty of options for those looking to catch some sea and sun.

The beaches in town might lack the crystal-clear Caribbean sea and bleached-white sands of the best in the area but during the high season and on weekends they thrive on those looking to pick up or just drop out.

Each strip of Caribbean sand has a very different vibe, from the laid-back family feel of Castillogrande to the more full-tilt tourist experience in Bocagrande, which as the longest of the city's urban beaches covers the gamut of Cartagena beach life.

If it's the Caribbean beach idyll you are looking for then you will have to venture further afield to the Rosario Islands or for a more authentic Colombian beach experience try Manzanillo del Mar.

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Rosario Islands

Rosario Islands
An idyllic, 30-island archipelago 45 minutes from the city, the Rosario Islands National Park is a fantastic seven-star playground for Cartagena’s rich and famous

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Playa Blanca | Barú

Playa Blanca | Barú
Crystal-clear Caribbean waters, a couple of kilometres of bleached white sands and friendly islanders make Barú and its star attraction, Playa Blanca, top dog in Cartagena's battle for best beach

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Bocagrande

Bocagrande
Old ‘big mouth’ has been the Copacabana of Cartagena since American oil executives and their families made it fashionable in the 1950s. New properties from the Hyatt Regency, Radisson and InterContinental brands are sure to bring some much needed sparkle back to the area.

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Castillogrande

Castillogrande
Building castles in the sand. Cartagena's elite have made this their exclusive Caribbean enclave. The beach is more laid-back than its unruly neighbour Bocagrande and private members' clubs cater to the segregated needs of the city's high-rolling beach bums

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Laguito

Laguito
A Mecca for spring break students and visitors on the hunt for a bargain, Laguito's got it all going on. The best stretch of beach is maintained by the Hilton Hotel providing all the comforts expected of an international hotel chain while surfers cluster where Laguito meets Bocagrande

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Marbella

Marbella
Beach football, fishing and even aerobics are popular on the crescent-shaped beaches of Marbella. Exercise early in the morning and watch the fisherman bring in their haul

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La Boquilla

La Boquilla
Miami-esque beachfront condominiums and all-inclusive resorts have made this expansive stretch of sand popular with Colombia’s Nouveau Riche. A refreshing sea breeze and plenty of space to stretch out attracts watersports fanatics and beach parties

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Punta Arena | Tierra Bomba

Punta Arena | Tierra Bomba
Just seven minutes from Castillogrande, the white sandy beaches of Punta Arena on the eastern side of the large island of Tierra Bomba are one of the best-kept secrets in Cartagena

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Manzanillo del Mar

Manzanillo del Mar
Golf resorts are taking over what was one of the most authentic Colombian beach experiences to the north of the city. Ranging from exclusive to raucous, the three protected coves surrounding this little fishing village are well worth the drive

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