Playa Juan de Dios

Playa Juan de Dios, Buenaventura: Address, Playa Juan de Dios Reviews: 4.5/5

Playa Juan de Dios
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Kerobokan, Indonesia20 contributions
Paradise on earth
Mar 2020 • Solo
Playa Juan de Dios is a Nature Reserve and a hidden Paradise located a few hours from Cali, Colombia. The closest town is Buenaventura. This place is easily accessible by boat, which is an adventure in itself with it’s breathtaking scenery. The deserted beach that awaits you here .is like taken out of a movie.

At Playa Juan de Dios you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves and wake up to the birdsong. The Pacific Ocean lays right in front of your door and the wild jungle and Mangrove forest behind. This in itself is completely unique and provides great diversity.

The list of activities available here are endless, but my favorites are kayaking trough the mangrove forests with a pit stop by the water temple and long jungle walks. The breathtaking waterfall and natural springs at the beach next door is definitely worth a visit. Whale safari is also available here.

The bohios (Colombian bungalows) are super cute and rustic with simple outdoor toilets and showers attached. These are located far apart from each other, which is a huge benefit as it gives you tons of privacy. Camping here is also possible. Whether you travel solo, with a partner or with your family, this is a place definitely worth visiting. Juan de Dios also accepts volunteers.

Marco the owner and his son Sebastian are amongst the most beautiful humans I’ve ever met. I’m forever grateful for the way they welcomed me into their family. I will never forget my stay here with them.

And last but not least; Martika and Maria cooks the most delicious gourmet meals for you, which in itself is worth the visit.

Muchísimas Gracias!

Written September 10, 2020
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A place to reconnect with nature
Sep 2019 • Friends
This place was recommended by friends a year ago. They talked about Juan de Dios a lot ... so I decided to ‘accept the challenge’ to go to a place without electricity or contact to modern civilization.

After arriving everything started to exceed my expectations. The beach was absolutely beautiful, the main house was very well made embracing nature. After a couple of minutes Marco took us to our Bohio (A house made of wood elevated from the ground). The room has a bed with mosquito proof net, very useful at night.

As other reviewers stated it is a place to relax, but there are many options to go on walking trails without a guide or a trip by boat to amazing waterfalls nearby.

About the food: I am vegetarian, the staff had every meal prepared specially for me, no problem at all. Everyone else ate delicious fish based food.
Written September 18, 2019
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Bogota, Colombia51 contributions
Frustratingly Wild and Beautiful
Oct 2016 • Couples
Our trip started in the busy city of Buenaventura which we highly recommend to spend the night before venturing out to Juanchaco Beach. In the center, near the pier, you will find all the bars, restaurants and hotels you could ever need! At the pier you can purchase a boat ticket for U$20 and get in a 1 hour bumpy ride to Juanchaco. Once there you may go further into nature by boat to La Plata village, stay in Juanchaco or walk to Ladrilleros. The most wild of the 3 is La Plata and you need to arrange private transport with Eco Manglar. Juanchaco has nice hotels like "El Acantilado" and Ladrilleros is more of a backpacking destination with affordable hostels.
Whale watching runs from June through October and it costs U$8 pp. The 1.5 hour excursion is absolutely cheap and amazing. You can book it directly from Juanchaco pier.
You should not miss a visit to the Sierpe waterfalls with EcoManglar or EcoNatal tour operators. They also do hikes, birdwatching and piangua food tours.
Be aware that information is not easy to find out here, but if you are savvy and willing to travel off the beaten path, you won't regret this wild adventure! Buenaventura and it's surroundings are recommended for travelers with basic Spanish skills because you will have to ask around to find what you are looking for.
Written November 4, 2016
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Laura C
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Best place ever
Jan 2016 • Friends
If you want a peaceful place where you can relax yourself this is the destination!
Not a lot of people, no electricity, and the best view and breathtaking places around it!
You definitely have to go!
Written February 16, 2016
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