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 Island

    If you're slightly disappointed with the beaches in Cartagena, Isla Baru will exceed your Caribbean beach expectations.

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

    Before Colombia's Spanish conquerors and their African slaves opened up the Canal del Dique channel between Cartagena and the River Magdalena in 1650, Isla Baru was a peninsula connected to the mainland. 

    Located a short 45-minute speedboat ride away and re-connected by land once again by a bridge in 2014, the Island of Baru has more than enough powdery stretches of white sand to keep the most demanding beach bum happy.

    The island's biggest meeting point is the protected cove of Cholon, where drunken sun worshipers love to 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 altogether more laid-back, the richest families in Colombia are building some lovely beach front properties and beach clubs on Baru to make it the premier beach destination in Colombia.

    Jean Claude Bessudo has built arguably the most impressive. His Hotel Las Islas opened in 2018 elevating the beach stay options in Baru considerably.

    There's a string of others following suit with plans for a luxury marina planned attract a jet-setting, yacht-owning crowd to Colombia's Caribbean coastline. 

    When organising an overnight stay in Baru it's always a good idea to rent a boat to get you and your group to and from your hotel or beach retreat.

    While you can now arrive by land to most places on the island, taking your own boat enables you and your group to spend at least one day visiting the Rosario Islands, an archipelago of 27 islands a short 15 minute ride from the best beach pads available for rent in Baru. 

    If you are in a hurry and feel like an adrenalin rush to start or finish your beach vacation in Colombia then our talented team of travel advisors can organise a helicopter ride to some of the most exclusive places to stay on the island - very useful if you're in a rush to catch your private jet and don't want to lose precious time topping up your tan.

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