Playa Blanca Cartagena and the Rosario Islands

Playa Blanca Cartagena and the Rosario Islands are a must for  visitors to Cartagena.  Go for a day trip or stay a few nights in one of the rustic cabins

For most people Playa Blanca is a must see when visiting Cartagena, whether it´s for a day trip or for a night or two.  Contrary to what some people seem to think, it is not over run by tourism except for a few hours during the day when the tour boats arrive.

It is possible to find a stretch where you can be by yourself, especially if you stay overnight.  Isla Baru is a man made part of the Rosario islands.  The island itself was created when a huge navigation ditch was made and it was cut from the mainland over 300 years ago by the Spanish.

There is a bunch of basic accommodation places at Playa Blanca. Prices start from 7,000COP for a hammock, 10,000COP for a tent and 50,000COP for a room.

Playa Blanca Shuttle – With AC

We have our own van with twice daily departures to  Playa Blanca.  Departures are from the front of the hostel and go directly to the beach, without stopping at every hostel along the way.

Travel time should be an hour but it can vary depending on traffic. . The best option for those wanting to stay the night is to take the shuttle, stay over and catch a boat back in afternoon the following day or whenever you want to leave.

Price: One way 35,000COP, per person  – Return 50,000COP per person

Departs Cartagena: Daily 08:30am & 1pm

Return Isla Baru: Daily 11:00am & 3pm

Included:

  • Air conditioned transportation
  • No additional taxes are required

Fast Boat

The boat leaves from the Tourist dock at 9am and goes first for a mini tour around the Islas del Rosario before stopping on one of the islands to visit the Aquarium (entrance 20,000 pesos).

Alternatively you can do a snorkel tour or just relax on the small beach rather than visit the aquarium. You will arrive at Playa Blanca at about 1pm where you will be served a delicious typical dish for lunch. The returning boat  leaves Playa Blanca around 3-3.30pm and arrives back in Cartagena around 4.30pm.  With the fast boat you have the option of skipping the Rosario Islands if you wish and asking to be dropped straight off at Playa Blanca on the way, enjoying all day at the beach there.

Price: 60,000COP

Departs: Daily 09:00am

Return: 3pm – 3:30pm

Includes: 

  • Return transportation
  • Lunch
  • Rosario Islands boat tour

Not Included:

  • Dock Tax 12,000COP
  • Optional aquarium visit or snorkel tour 20,000COP

Slow Boat

The boat leaves from the Tourist dock at 08:00am and goes first for a mini tour around the Islas del Rosario before stopping on one of the islands to visit the Aquarium (entrance 20,000 pesos).

Alternatively you can do a snorkel tour or just relax on the small beach rather than visit the aquarium. You will arrive at Playa Blanca at about 1pm where you will be served a delicious typical dish for lunch. The returning boat  leaves Playa Blanca around 3-3.30pm and arrives back in Cartagena around 5.30pm.

There is 4 different seating levels on the boat and also a small bar and cafe. It is a lot slower than the lancha, but it makes for a more comfortable ride.

Price: 50,000COP

Departs: Daily 08:00am

Return: 3pm – 3:30pm

Includes: 

  • Return transportation
  • Lunch
  • Rosario Islands boat tour

Not Included:

  • Dock Tax 12,000COP
  • Optional aquarium visit or snorkel tour 20,000COP

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Popular Cartagena Tours

Chiva City Tour

Jump aboard the Chiva Bus and immerse yourself in Cartagena’s fascinating history. This is a fun way to discover the city. Bilingual guide, transport and entrance fees are all included.

Totumo Mud Volcano

An amazing natural spa experience just one hour from Cartagena. Relax in the mineral rich and rejuvenating mud bath with the option of a personal massage followed by a relaxing wash down in a near by lagoon.

Rumba en Chiva

All aboard the party bus! Rumba en Chiva! Cartagana’s ‘Chiva’ tour bus transforms at night into a mobile party. Alcohol is included, plus free nightclub entry and a cocktail to carry on the party afterwards.

Scuba Diving

There are some great scuba diving sites just short a short boat ride when you are staying in Cartagena. The Rosario Islands, Isla Baru and Medina feature an abundance of colorful marine life, reefs with hard and soft coral.