Playa Blanca and Baru Island Day Trip from Cartagena - Reviews

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LindaGrana United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This day trip to Baru was so amazing that I could not help in going twice during my short stay in Cartagena:) After being picked up at my hotel, our guide Vanessa commented on all the sights we were driving by and providing us key facts of the Colombian economy and tourism. Upon arriving at Baru, a boat took us to a quiet and beautiful beach where we were welcomed with a fresh fruits salad and a bottle of water. Our guide gave us the local beach tips, would take care of our belongings and arrange whatever we needed (long chair, massage…) while we just had to relax, get some vitamin D ,enjoy the white sand and transparent water. The lunch was delicious, fresh grilled fish or chicken, your choice! On our way back, she made our journey very interactive with a game about the knowledge shared in the morning. It was a great day, sunny and warm people in a paradise beach.

Desiree H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

The tour guide Vanessa was AMAZING! Pick up was right on time at our Airbnb, the hour ride was air conditioned and included detailed explanations of important sites on the way. The beach was simply beautiful and lunch was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this day trip!

Andy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Really great experience!

Sandra C.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

This tour was amazing! We started early in the morning being picked up in our hotel. The guide was very well informed about the history and highlights of Cartagena and she was happy to answer any questions we asked her. Once we arrived to Baru, we had a lovely fresh fruit salad! Then the lunch was super fresh and tasty. I do recommend this tour if you are looking for a beautiful beach and a bit of history about Cartagena. Sandra C

Yanela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We loved this tour !!! The beach is really wonderful.

Jamie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

This tour was amazing!

Stephanie O USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

The beach was beautiful and our guide Natalia was very nice. We learned a lot about the history as we drove to Baru. Once we got there we took a quick boat ride to a quieter area of the beach. The beach is located in a poor area but it's all part of the experience. I would recommend it!

Kevin United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Vanessa our tour guide was phenomenal. We were taken to another area away from the general public which is definitely well worth it. The lunch that was provided was delicious. You have a choice of red snapper and chicken. Must do while in Cartagena.

Patrick H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

I probably don't have much to add that others haven't said, but the trip to Playa Blanca was one of the best days of the Cartagena trip, to be sure. Certainly a nice change of pace from sweating my way through the Centro.
Others may have a different experience depending on the size of the group, but I was traveling solo, so I was kind of expected to be tagging along with some others. As it turned out, I was the group that day. What could have been a bit awkward ended up being pretty mellow and memorable, however, largely owing to the quality of the guide.
Instead of a tour bus, Vanesa, the guide, just walked up to me by the monument and we hopped in a private car. From there it was about an hour to beach, where she shared a bit about some of the different neighborhoods and industrial areas.
The beach and the water were fantastic, clear enough to the see the fish swimming between your legs. As other reviews have said, the tour takes you quite a ways up the beach from the busy area, so it's quite relaxing. Very few vendors. This was the appeal for me. From where you park it's maybe a 10 minute walk, not too bad, but I was also offered a boat ride if I didn't want to walk.
Apart from the beach, Vanesa was awesome. I really enjoyed chatting with her and learning a bit about a whole range of subjects. I just hope she got her shoes back.

Katherine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This day trip was great! I was actually the only person on the tour, but that was more than OK. I spent a lot of time talking to Vanesa, the guide, and really enjoyed myself. The beach was GORGEOUS -- the water was very calm and warm. There were some touts, but not an annoying amount. Vanesa was very friendly and EXTREMELY helpful. I actually had a bit of an accident before this day trip and she helped sort out a doctor for me to see after the day trip, for which I am so grateful. I had a great time on this day -- the beach, the food, the guide were all excellent. I would highly recommend this day trip. Thanks!

Haley O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

Fantastic tour and best possible way to spend the last day of our trip to Colombia. The tour was informative and the beach was amazing. The guide takes you a little further down the beach so be prepared for a bit of a walk, but its definitely worth it as the area you end up is much less crowded. Lunch was DELICIOUS I had the chicken and my husband had the fish.Absolutely recommend!

Luz Angela A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

AMAZING ! I really like the tour . Our guide Vanessa was very lovely and knowledgable about Cartagena . She always cared of us and gave us good recommendations. The lunch was fantastic , the best fish I have eaten in my life . The beach is private and the vendors were quite respectful .

Megan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

We had a great experience on this tour. The pick-up at the monument next the the clock tower was on-time. Then, the guide spoke about Cartagena as we drove about an hour to the beach. She was knowledgeable and spoke in both Spanish and English impressively changing between the two effortlessly. Once at the beach, we took a speedboat to a quieter location and set-up shop there. The cocktails were really expensive but the beer was cheap. The included lunch chicken or a whole fish was delicious. Overall a really nice day for a good price.

Lissette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This tour to Playa Blanca was definitely the best part about our trip to Cartagena. I especially enjoyed the bus ride to Baru. Vanessa, our tour guide, was so sweet and knowledgeable. As we were traveling I learned so many interesting facts about the city and the different neighborhoods in Cartagena. Once we got to Playa Blanca, we took a quick boat ride further down the beach so we bypassed the crowded areas. The beach itself was beautiful with crystal clear water and barely any waves, perfection! There was a small hut/bar where we settled so we were able to buy drinks/ water, the mojito is a must! The lunch provided for us from a nearby restaurant was delicious and flavorful. I recommend bringing cash in order to buy drinks and souvenirs from beach vendors. Overall, an excellent customized experience, our group had a lot of fun. Playa Blanca is a must-see if you visit Cartagena!

sarahm

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Lovely day out! Guide was very friendly and gave a short overview of the city and history whilst driving which was very interesting and broke up the drive nicely. The beach was amazing, beautiful clear water and the section of the beach used was very quiet and picturesque!

Jenna A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

GREAT tour!!! I am so sunburned and can barely walk from the jet ski, but it was an incredible experience. Definitely bring extra cash 150,000 pesos is a good start so you can enjoy everything fully!

Wayne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Diving Planet did a first rate job of managing our snorkelling trip. Every expectation was met or exceeded. Very professional!

aliwohlgemuth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

The tour was great! The tour was in English and Spanish, lunch was a promised and our guides were very helpful throughout the day. We would happily book a tour with this company again!

bilkis83

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Nice trip, friendly guide.

Suzanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Holly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Yazi was amazing and all of our friends had a great time.

We had a wedding in Cartagena and didn't want to deal with the stress of coordinating a trip for all our friends and family, so they did a great job of taking the reins and ensuring everyone had a great time at the beach.

After several drinks the night before everyone was glad we weren't getting on the boat and could sit in the air conditioned bus on the way there and back.

Great experience!

Kathryn O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I had Yerlis as my guide and her customer service and helping me with the language barrier went above and beyond! So much that I booked another trip the same week with her! I traveled by myself and was a little scared but she is a gem and we have remained friends on Facebook! Thank you so much as it was an amazing trips to playa Blanca and most of all unforgettable new friends and memories to cherish a lifetime and I will be back! Sorry it took so long to write this review. Kathryn Ostendorf

Vanessa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This tour was amazing and our guide was super sweet and the best..the sand is white, water beautiful and the beds provided were the best for relaxing. The food was also great!

Leonardo G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

O dono da empresa contratada foi muito atencioso, e, mesmo quando um imprevisto aconteceu, ele foi muito hábil em contornar a situação.

Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Playa Blanca was beautiful! Nice getaway for an afternoon, and that water! I enjoyed this day trip much better than Rosario Island. All of the staff from the tour guide to the nice young lady attending to everyone on the beach made it all the more enjoyable. Never felt overwhelmed or bothered by the vendors, a simple no gracias and they leave you alone.

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