Colombian Escape, Operation: Playa Blanca, Isla Baru

This will be a short one as I haven’t spend much time there unfortunately. However, half day on Playa Blanca is enough reason to get back to the region every time you want a short and pleasant day off.

Playa Blanca, a little piece of Heaven in the middle of nowhere

As Cartagena de Indias is better known for its old town and history rather than its beaches, it’s safe to say that enjoying the islands around is not that hard.

Lost: Season 1, Episode 1.

A small motor boat can get you from Cartagena to Playa Blanca in 40 minutes for just 55,000 COP (~18USD) roundtrip. Once you get there, you crash on the white sand and just lay there, absorbing the surroundings. Just don’t forget your sunscreen, unless you want to turn into a chocolate muffin in 2h. Yes, I turned into that. In 2 hours. No, I did not sleep very well in the following 3-4 days. Thank God for yogurt!

Everytime I go there I stay at the Playa Blanca Hostel, their staff is super nice (English speakers if you don’t feel very confident with your Spanish) and with a little negotiation you can get pretty good rates. They prepare some quite good cocktails as well, drinks that actually contain alcohol (if you’re Romanian, you know what I mean). Don’t expect fancy dishes though, the island pretty much feeds on seafood, as fried as possible, because oh, well, Colombia. If you’re into fancy stuff, this hostel is definitely not your place.

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Unfortunately I didn’t stay overnight, I heard they have some pretty cool activities, but that calls for a comeback which I, of course, don’t mind. After all, it is the handiest weekend getaway you can get on the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Over and out!

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