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Playa Blanca

Address: Santa Marta, Colombia
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Ranked #9 of 38 things to do in Santa Marta
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The beach is great. It is busy in parts but you can walk up to quieter spots. Do not expect luxury beachside restaurants and top notch facilities. There are hostals with simple facilities but that is all part of the fun. Just enjoy the beach and the water. There are hawkers but a simple no makes them leave, or try... More 

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Eggenfelden, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I would recommend not to go there on weekends, it is really packed. Its a very touristy place with people being next to each other very close. However they have some great food there and lots of locals to meet. When you take a boat, make sure they give you a ticket for getting there and the return.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Liked the boat ride to the beach as you get to see a few good sights. The beach is great but a bit crowded and lots of people hustling for cash but they move on quickly if you show no interest in whatever they are selling.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

it really is a very pretty beach...and you can find some great seafood...with feet in sand and a beer in hand...it's hard to beat. Cracks me up that some of the local old guys will damn near force you to eat an oyster when you get off the boat...and then try and make you pay 50 mill for it. Try... More 

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Lima
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

i loved all the other beaches, is just that the ocean on this one is a lot more calm that any other beach we were. That gives you the option to practice snorkley. Lots of people but by the time i was there i was just expecting to see lots. The boat to get to Playa Blanca are regularly going... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

lovely water, tons of people/ you have to buy a chair/ umbrella and will still get taken for drinks etc.

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Medellin, Colombia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It is a beautiful beach that gives you the sensation of as if you are in an island. The water is crystal clear and you can see fish in the shore. The kids had a blast with these fish trying to catch them. Nevertheless, the beach has had some deterioration given by irresponsible tourists that through away their garbage every... More 

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Raleigh, NC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This beach really isn't very white, just a lighter shade of brown. Also, if you're thinking the 10 minute boat ride away from Rodadero will spare you the beach hawkers selling stuffed lizards, shaved ice and kachina dolls, think again. They're here too...Not sure how they get there, but there's no escape from it. Plan on having someone say 'mister... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The trip from Rodadero is supposedly by a cooperative of boat owners, but passengers are still assigned to specific boats and it's very difficult to identify which is which. It seems that arguments between boat operators and confused passengers are not uncommon, and that's not the way to organize a trip like this. It's expensive, a return trip costs COP... More 

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Santo Domingo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I was very much looking forward to visiting this beach as many people recommended it as the best, closest beach. We arrived early, and a hoard of people soon came after. The sellers were very aggressive and somewhat nasty. The music was invasive and throbbing. The smell of fried fish was everywhere. The beach and water was full if trash.... More 

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