Have an afternoon chat amidst the expansive view of the ocean with your loved one. Run after the waves bare-footed. Swim until sun sets. Or kiss until sun rises. Meet and greet beach bums or engaged in a friendly conversation with other tourists. Cartagena in Colombia awaits travelers who love to laze in beaches. Beaches in Cartagena are out of harm’s way against unexpected high tides and terrifying currents. Interestingly, as far back as 500 years, records state that safe water and current condition is a status quo for beaches in Cartagena. In fact, up until this day, they live up to the reputation that their beaches are safe for swimmers. Red Flags are placed within premises to warn swimmers of bad weather.
Surrounding Cartagena in Colombia is the Caribbean Sea. Hence, array of beaches can be found few meters away from the city, extending to the remotest area of Cartagena.
Playa Blanca is one remote area where white sand beaches can be found. Playa Blanca is in Baru which is a two-hour back and forth ride buy public transports or by boat. The travel can be tiresome but worthwhile because green and blue waters await patient travelers. The real reward of commuting hours to Playa Blanca is that there are fewer tourists. You have the beach almost exclusively. Playa Blancahas restaurants but no hotels for overnight stay.
Different beaches are within reach from the famous Ancient Walled City. For this reason, beach hopping is an interesting activity for most tourists in Cartagena in Colombia. Series of beaches outside the Walled City create Bocagrande and Laguito peninsula. The peninsula is a popular tourist spot. A 25-minute bus ride from the Walled City takes you to Boquilla Beach. Another ten minutes from Boquilla is the Manzanillo Beach. Across the convention center is the Pegasos Bay where small boats take travelers to Bocachica Beach throughout the day. It is interesting to note Fort San Jose surrounding BocachicaBeach. The fort used to protect ancient Cartagena.
Cartagena in Colombia – The National Coral park
Visit to Cartagena in Colombia may not always be purely leisurely. Apart from beaches that are usually inviting to bathers, The National Coral Park of Rosario Islands appeals to the more environmentalist type. The National Coral Park promotes the conservation of aquatic ecosystem and the protection of coral reefs. Planting of mangrove trees is encouraged because mangroves are ideal place for growing seaweeds naturally. The Coral Park is well-known for its outstanding marine life. Travelers may visit The Aquarium of San Martin and snorkel around the island.
Aside from beaches, a trip to Cartagena in Colombia is not complete without having the chance to experience bathing in volcano mud. Mud-bath is recommended by people from the medical field. Volcano mud is said to be beneficial for skin natural rejuvenation. The natural heat of volcano mud could also be a temporary relief from arthritis and muscle pains. Mud-bath is an enjoyable activity at Totumo Volcano. There are day tours that specifically allot 5 hours of mud bathing.