All things Playa Blanca Cartagena
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We loved the time that we spent chilling on the beach at Playa Blanca in Cartagena. Such a gorgeous beach and not far from the Old Town.
During our stay in Colombia, we were lucky enough to visit this beautiful beach twice. We had a great time both times and want to help you do the same.
How to get to Playa Blanca?
The best way to get to Playa Blanca from Old Town is to take the shuttle bus from Hostel Mamallena. This bus departs from the hostel three times a day at 8:30am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm.
There are no pickups from hotels so you will have to make your own way there. But this means that once you are on the bus it takes you straight there. No stopping to pick people up.
Their website claims that it takes 45 minutes to get there but in reality, it is at least an hour.
The trip costs $50,000 COP per person, which is about £12 under current exchange rates. This includes your return journey which will pick you up from Playa Blanca at 10:30 am, 3:00 pm or 8:30 pm.
You need to book your outward journey but they are flexible about the return. You can do an overnight stay or two and get your return journey the next day at no additional cost.
What happens when you arrive at Playa Blanca?
The minibus will pull into a car park. It can be quite muddy so wear appropriate shoes or be prepared to wash your flip flops in the sea.
There are stalls along the path down towards the beach which is down a set of stone steps. Not good if you struggle with mobility.
You might be met by some locals who are looking to take you to the places that give them the best commission. They are friendly and many of them speak English, particularly if you are happy to chat about football.
You can take their recommendations but personally I would just keep walking down the beach. Keep walking for at least 15-20 minutes to get the quietest spots.
Where to spend your day?
We walked for a long time along the beach at Playa Blanca before settling on a spot for the day. We hired a bed on the beach at a hostel called Parador Colombia.
Our reason for choosing this spot was because the beds looked beautiful and clean. Plus they did food too.
A bed cost us $50,000 COP for the day but if you are an expert haggler you could probably get it for less. Either way, you’ll have a comfy bed on the beach.
Can you spend a night?
Yes! The whole of Playa Blanca is lined with hostels right on the beach so you will have a lot of choices. We didn’t spend the night but met lots of people who did.
It will be easy enough to find somewhere to stay without prebooking and at a reasonable price too. Just be prepared to be pretty sandy all night.
Things to note about Playa Blanca
- Take cash! There are only a few places that will take card, so get some cash out to pay for everything before you go.
- No electricity. Some places might have a generator or solar panels but this is rare. If you are staying overnight be prepared not to charge your phone and maybe bring a torch.
- No internet. There won’t be wi-fi so you’ll have to rely on 4G and I can’t vouch for how good that is.
Should you visit Playa Blanca whilst in Cartagena?
Absolutely! It was our favourite beach that we visited in the whole of South America so it is not be overlooked.
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