If you and your crew want to make the most of your stay in Cartagena, you need to spend at least one day sailing through the islands. Who doesn't love to hit the high seas in your own private yacht, boat or sailboat?
Showing people how to find their own island paradise is a tough job but someone's got to do it and we're a nautical bunch at This Is Cartgena. To help take the pain out of hitting the waves, we’ve created a go-to guide to renting a boat in Cartagena.
This user-friendly guide maps out the coordinates of your picture perfect, island escapade aboard your own private yacht, speedboat or sailboat.
If you think renting a boat is exclusively for high-rollers, think again. If there are five or more of you, chartering your own boat can work out more economical than paying for a beach-day pass individually. So treat yourself to what is the highlight of any trip to Cartagena.
Each and every one of the speedboats, sailboats and yachts in our fleet offer a totally unique sea adventure. Impress the rest of the 21st yacht buccaneers with the full lowdown on a pimped up Pershing or slip into the serene sea off Isla Grande on a sail boat for two, for a more intimate day away from the crowds.
Find your perfect boat—and your finest swimming togs—and sail away to destination paradise.
Yacht you waiting for? Read on for the lowdown on how to plan the perfect boat trip, if you already have a specific type of island trip in mind and you're ready to select the right boat simply, click on the link below.
Whether it’s a party boat for all your gang, a romantic sailboat for two or a head-turning mega-yacht to overnight in the islands, picking the perfect vessel is crucial for setting the tone for your nautical adventure.
You don’t have to be fluent in sail speak to make the right decision - we’re here to take the sea sickness out of boat rental in Cartagena and put the wind in your sails for a spectacular day on the waves to the Rosario Islands and beyond.
From luxury cruisers to affordable run-arounds, we’ve got boats to rent from as little as USD$100 per person. Before you get too far out of your depth, check out the boats and yachts in our maritime portfolio.
We've got speedboats, sailboats and yachts for every budget. You're just two clicks from a perfect day in paradise.Pick Your Boat
Having your own boat to explore the Rosario Islands and Baru at your leisure is a unique experience that’s second to none. Knowing where to head and having a bilingual concierge on hand to help is key.
Skip that sea sickening feeling of being packed into a rickety speedboat sweating it out with 40 other tourists. With your very own boat, the Caribbean archipelagos of the Rosario Islands and San Bernardo Islands, really are your idyllic oyster.
Think of your luxury yacht, sailboat or speedboat as your floating palace. Escapism-mode starts as soon as you step on board. To max out on the feeling of indulgence, set sail with a little assistance. It will help ensure you make the most of your day in the islands.
Avoid getting whisked off to the wrong spot or get hit by cheeky beach combers by taking a tried-and-tested concierge with you to help find the hottest spots to dive or just chillax.Contact Our Boat Experts
Our kind of Caribbean life is not about packed resorts, lines of sun loungers and street vendors. It’s about winding back the clock on a silky swathe away from the Cartagena fray, or dipping in for a swim in a secluded bay all to yourselves.
The Rosario Islands, has been discovered, but so many of the archipelagos most charming corners remain largely unexplored.
Colombia's infamous "Narcos" may have given up most of their beach front properties so pitching up to a private island unannounced isn’t such a dangerous proposition as it once was, but it’s still frowned upon.
If you're looking for that perfect place to drop anchor and pop the question to your loved one, or you want a secluded private lunch for your group, our travel team can let you in to some private hotspots where you can chillax, undisturbed.
If you want to extend your stay overnight we’ve got the keys to some exclusive beach retreats that you’ll love.Stay Overnight on an Island Private Island for a Day
The Rosario Islands and the beaches and bays of Baru have something for everyone, so if lying down horizontal isn’t your idea of heaven, and you prefer a more sociable outing, why not skip town to Cholon and join a floating brigade of yachts getting down to a Reggaeton-flavoured regatta.
It’s a unique Cartagena experience that always hits a high note with party people that want to get a tan while they get down.
We've got boats for every budget but if you want to look flash, you'll need to splash the cash. Turning heads in the packed bay requires a yacht with serious style.
All of our boats come with a kick-ass sound system, and a courtesy crate of beers.
Extra liquor and an onboard DJ can be arranged to make your floating party palace the hottest ticket in the bay.Pick Your Boat Send an Inquiry
With its considerable colonial charm and nautical allure, Cartagena, Colombia has become a popular venue for destination weddings and incentive trips being organised by corporate travel specialists.
Organising a trip to the islands for big groups requires a little forward thinking on the logistics as the amount of boats in the bay of Cartagena that are able to handle groups of more than 20 people can be counted on one hand.
It is possible to keep your group together on one boat, but that often means trading time in the islands as the biggest boats are the large catamarans that travel at slower speeds to the speedboats and yachts available.
They can get you to the Rosario Islands for the day but you don't get much time to enjoy the islands. These bigger boats are great for a sunset cruise around the bay of Cartagena and this is a popular activity to get into the Caribbean groove and bring your group together before the big event.
A popular option is to hire a small fleet of speedboats and yachts that grows in size in line with your group, which allows wedding planners and agencies to add or remove boats depending on the numbers confirmed for the pre- or post-wedding trip to the islands.
Split up into teams and meet in Cholon to drop anchor for the afternoon, or rent your own private island for a lobster lunch with your friends and family. There's a host of islands that can handle up to 150 that's able to accommodate a group that size to stay overnight in the islands, Las Islas.
If you are looking for a little assistance organising a big group trip to the islands contact one of This Is Cartagena's team of talented travel advisors to take some of the strain.Request Assistance Hire a Big Cat'
Pick your own catch of the day, plucked straight from the Caribbean sea, onto your plate with a tasty array of local specialties.
If picking at fish bones isn’t your bag, or you simply can’t get enough of Cartagena’s superb dry land offering, there’s plenty of options to ensure you get top-notch catering from a top-tier culinary city joint of your choice.
There's some lovely, onshore lunch options or simply let the guys pull up alongside and serve up some fresh fish on the deck of your beautiful boat.
Contact our boats team for advice on finding the right place to drop anchor for a tasty lunch at the beach.
Buen Provecho!Contact Our Boats Crew
You don't want to leave you idyllic Cartagena beach escape. We anticipated this would happen, and came prepared. A day out exploring Cartagena’s jaw-dropping beaches is simply not enough.
If you want to to truly escape to paradise, then there is nothing like stargazing in a luxurious pad and letting the Caribbean island good life wash over you like a glug of fresh coconut water.
We’ve got the keys to a number of select island properties where you can do all that, so all you have to worry about is packing your PJs and toothbrush.Overnight Island Stays Send an Inquiry
If a day or two still doesn’t cut the mustard and you really want to relish every grain of Cartagena’s goddess sands and waters, you can extend your island trip and broaden your horizons with a unique island experience that takes you through not one, but two, idyllic Caribbean archipelagos.
Hire your own private sail boat or join some other fellow adventurers on an island odyssey that includes stopovers at pristine, secluded beaches, midnight dips in magical lagoons, stunning sundowners, fishing with the locals and an unforgettable visit to the world’s most densely populated island.
Great value, overnight or week-long sailings are available and depend on the time you have free to skip town.
If you're got time to kill and a craving for the ultimate beach experience, extend your trip and take in the San Blas islands for a Caribbean sailing experience you and your loved ones will never forget.Sailing Odyssey Experience
Everything you see in this guide to renting a boat in Cartagena has been fully designed by us and created with you, the adventurous modern traveller, in mind.
If you would like to personalize your day at sea or you don't see something here that fits with your particular desires, please let our talented team of travel advisors know by sending us an email.
Whatever floats your boat, we're here to make it happen.
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Give us a few tit bits of what you are looking for and we'll take care of the rest. This way you'll have the peachiest time on the islands - and there will be no need to resort to pulling straws.
Give our on the ground team a little more information about what you’re looking for and when you’re looking to do it, and they’ll help you create the perfect boat trip.
Give our on the ground team a little more information about what you are looking for and when you are looking to do it. Our travel team will take care of the rest.