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Known as Colombia’s northern queen, Cartagena attracts holidaymakers with her colorful cobbled streets, bougainvillea-draped mansions and some of the best food and drink experiences in South America.

But, with an average temperature of 27.7ºC and 2,500 hours of sunshine a year, there’s something else visitors can’t leave Cartagena without experiencing, and that’s a day on the beach.

No matter how many museums, rooftop cocktail bars or boutique shops you plan on ticking off your Cartagena bucket list, you’ll want to save at least one day to explore some of Colombia’s best beach and snorkeling spots.

But, with more than 120 km of pristine Caribbean coastline to choose from, how do you decide which Cartagena beach day trip is best for you?

That’s where This Is Cartagena is on hand to help. We've been scouring every stretch of sand and hidden swimming spot in Colombia for years and our talented team of travel advisors have narrowed down some of our favorite Cartagena beach trips especially for you.

Our popular guide to the best beaches in Cartagena has plenty of useful information to help you find the perfect strip of sand for your group.

From family-friendly Castillogrande to beach club luxury in Tierrabomba, Colombia’s diverse Carribean coastline has something to suit every kind of beach bum.

While Bocagrande, the city’s busiest and longest beach, is notorious for its crowded sands and persistent touts, in just a few hours you can escape to the more remote, Robinson Crusoe-like beaches of the Rosario Islands, Tierrabomba and the idyllic archipelago of San Bernardo.

Choose from exploring white sands and crystal-clear waters of the Rosario Islands on your own private yacht, mountain biking your way to paradise on the island of Tierrabomba or staying the night in a boutique beach club in Baru.

Whether you’re a family looking for adventure or a couple looking for the ultimate island escape, this guide will help you find your perfect beach getaway in Cartagena.

So many beach options and so little time. If you still can't make your mind up on which beach experience is the best for your group, then allow one of our local beach experts to point you in the right direction.

Book a day trip with This Is Cartagena to discover the secret swathes of sand no one else knows about.

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