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Playas de la Boquilla

77 Reviews

Playas de la Boquilla

77 Reviews
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Cielo Mar Carrera 9 No. 20-14 Playa la Boquilla, Cartagena 130001 Colombia
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Totumo volcano + Galerazamba

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Totumo volcano and pink sea natural phenomena in the Colombian Caribbean. The pink sea is found In the department of Bolívar is the village of Galerazamba, which is part of the municipality of Santa Catalina. The place has a great history and its salt flats steal the whole show, since they provide the waters forming the intense pink sea, being a natural phenomenon it has a pink hue depending on the season, the season of the pink sea is of December to April. It is currently closed due to the health emergency, that is why we are going to Galerazamba where we will know:<br>- Catalina India<br>- The Ethno-industrial Museum<br>- Viewpoint where you can observe the phenomenon of the pink sea<br><br>The Totumo Volcano you can enjoy a different experience, which is medicinal as well as fun!
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Peregrino50 wrote a review Feb 2020
Canada24 contributions16 helpful votes
We rented a tarp and four chairs (two couples) and negotiated the price first. $50.000 pesos was high but acceptable to us. We confirmed it was the total price. Later we were offered fish for lunch but declined. When it came time to leave, these hustlers wanted to charge $50.000 PER PERSON or $200.000! They were quite threatening but we stood our ground, and were glad for fluency in Spanish. My recommendation is to avoid this decent beach unless you are ready to challenge them. I told them for every foreigner they overcharge, five more won’t come to their beach (hopefully learning from our experience). But it was an unpleasant way to end the day, and I’m distressed the Colombian authorities permit this type of behaviour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
3 Helpful votes
Lauren T wrote a review Jan 2020
Edmonton, Canada47 contributions19 helpful votes
This is the best location for kitesurfing in or near Cartegena. Good wind conditions, long open beach. Check out Samir Kite (Sk) School for high guality equipment and instruction. Fewer vendors than Boca Grande (a plus in our books) but can still get cold beer, good food (some great ceviche). The community of Boqilla is poorer so be cautious if going off beach into the village. 10 minute (10 mil Cop) taxi from Centro.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Kelleygirl2 wrote a review Apr 2019
Sarasota, Florida6,507 contributions605 helpful votes
We were headed to Zona Norte, the northern area of Cartagena near the financial district and airport. On our way to La Boquilla we passed modern high rises that used to be fishermen’s houses with no charm or reference to the villages that were torn down. La Boquilla is not the quaint village as described in our Grand Circle Travel writeup. Sam told us the fishermen fish early in the morning, and are gone by 4AM. We arrived around 11:30AM so again, no quaint fishing village opportunity. Very disappointing. Just a long beach in site of the city with breezes. It was not the mosquito ridden swampy area that both I and the CDC thought it was. Wish I had known/gotten better information from OAT/Grand Circle. Numerous thatch-roofed palapas lined the beach and we entered one called Restaurante San Basilio de Palenque where a birthday party was under way. I felt like we were intruding on their space. After we settled in plastic chairs around wobbly tables near the party, a traditional Vallenato band appeared playing music to celebrate someone’s birthday. Vallenato is a type of music from the northern coast of Colombia based mainly of a combination of three basic musical instruments such as an accordion, a bongo and a guiro. The word Vallenato comes from the phrase “nato del Valle” or native of the valley. Soon the palapa was in full celebratory mode and with smiles from some of the party I felt a little better about invading their space and was even encouraged to photograph some of the children. Women went around offering massages “for a fee” but Sam had told us ahead of time to ignore them. I left the palapa to walk the beach where I attempted to find some other opportunities to photograph. I shot the few beached fishing boats near the shore but the light was harsh at midday and the view of the city skyline did not add to the “remote fishing village” character. I did find a nice woman with her children playing in the ocean and photographed them at their play. I wish I had gotten her name and contact info because I would love to send her photos of her with her family. If anyone from Cartagena reads this please contact me! I walked a little further and found a soccer (futbol) match on the beach and I think after the men saw that I was photographing them, they began to work much harder at their game, checking to make sure I had gotten their shot. However…if I had known more about this "charming fishing village” (NOT) and had been given the choice, I would have spent much more time in Getsemani over what I felt was a waste of precious vacation time along the long beach.
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Date of experience: February 2019
dperez123 wrote a review Dec 2018
Brooklyn, New York192 contributions33 helpful votes
Yes, I would not go here on my own without experts who know the area. My partner, another friend and I had a tour guide and driver with us. We selected a weekday (Wednesday) at 10am. The beach was not crowded and felt peaceful and relaxing. I have mobility issues and having an suv take us through the humble fishing village helped us feel comfortable, safe but also glad to have a 4x4 bc the road is rough. Our car dropped us off right in front of our beach restaurant table (see my review on Perla Nebraska for more info). We were surrounded by kind, sweet local families who were also vacationing and enjoying the beach. The beaches are no big deal- you can probably find whiter sand and better blue green waters in Agua Azul or Baru, but we had a great time hanging in hammocks, drinking yummy tropical delights and walking on the beach. We spent about 4 hours at the restaurant, which provides hammocks, music and music. We never felt unsafe or taken advantage of but I’m convinced it was bc our guide and driver knew exactly what to do. $130US tour for the 3 of us, and I felt it was well spent to get a sense of the locals, the area and to add a sense of perspective beyond the luxuries that you find in Cartagena proper or its nearby glitzy neighborhoods.
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Date of experience: December 2018
2 Helpful votes
NealPetersen wrote a review Dec 2018
Charleston326 contributions75 helpful votes
I don't like to say STAY AWAY from any place, but sadly don't take this risk. If I could give a place a minus rating, this would be it. We went there as two families. Our friends have 3 kids - 5 to 8 years of age. We found a place on the beach for a sunset dinner. 2 lobsters, 2 fish, 2 servings of shrimp, French fries and salad for 4 adults and 3 children. We ordered 2 beers and 3 glasses of wine. Nothing for the kids to drink as they had waters. Our mistake is we did not ask specifically for price when we order. When the time came to pay the bill, they wanted US$355. That was $50 per adult or child. We told them for what they served us it was ridiculous. One member of our party is in the restaurant business and a world traveller. We were not full and could have had a bit more, but it was just enough for everyone. In the dark, we were surrounded by quite a few men as we tried to resolve this and it became intimidating with all the men, in the dark, kids getting scared as it was very clear that we had a bad situation escalating. Lucky for us it did not turn violent as we stood our ground and was not going to be ripped off, but left under the most unfortunate circumstances. We will never return, and ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMENDED THIS BEACH to anyone. In 30 years of off the beaten path travel, we have had challenges of people sometimes trying to pull a fast one, but nothing like this ever and it is so sad as one bad group results in my saying stay away from the entire beach. Any I know this hurts the good people but it was such a bad experience, we stand by this sad decision. There are many wonderful people and places worth a second chance, or just new places to visit, but this is way to high a risk for taking.
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Date of experience: December 2018
7 Helpful votes