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Playa Blanca, Isla Baru 130017 Colombia
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#6 of 44 in Isla Baru
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4.7
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4.1
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3.8
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3.0
We offer cabins in Baru Island , we have a restaurant, bar and private transport.
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Maximo G wrote a review Feb 2019
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Amazing experience!!!Maiker, Kofla and the rest of the staff are very friendly, helpfull, kind and the service is amazing. Rooms are very clean, private bathroom and food is very good. If you go to playa blanca you MUST go to Parado hotel
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled
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ricardo f wrote a review Sep 2018
Norwalk, Connecticut102 contributions61 helpful votes
PLAYA BLANCA; BARU: Hay un viaje de más de 30 minutos desde Bocagrande a Baru donde una lancha te lleva hasta la parte menos visitada. No se puede quedar uno donde te deja el autobús porque hay demasiada gente. Vendedores y masajistas te asedian hasta el cansancio. La playa bien WHITE BEACH; BARU: There is a trip of more than 30 minutes from Bocagrande to Baru where a boat takes you to the less visited part. You can not stay where the bus leaves you because there are too many people. Sellers and masseuses besiege you to the point of exhaustion. The beach well
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled
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DaSola wrote a review Mar 2018
Asbury Park, New Jersey71 contributions36 helpful votes
I was going to write a favorable review for this modest place (friendly staff, clean rooms, mosquito nets, private bath, 5 liters of fresh water for "showers," hammocks outside room) but then my friend and I were scammed when we took a lancha from the beach back to Cartagena, arranged by someone at the hotel. It wasn't that we paid more than we should have (30,000 instead of 15,000-20,000; always annoying but it's part of traveling in this part of the world) but that we were told it went directly to Cartagena. It did not. It stopped at Isla de Tierra Bomba where we were made to change boats and then we were held there until we coughed up more money even though all of us had overpaid and our first captain paid off the captain of this collectivo boat. We protested and even had a Colombian woman tell/yell at the locals in the sad port that we could call the police. The situation was so dodgy. I am glad we were safe and just lost a few pesos and almost an hour.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Natalia wrote a review Mar 2017
Bogota, Colombia15 contributions5 helpful votes
My stay at this hostal was very stressful which is not something anyone wants for a weekend get away at this paradise. From the moment we arrived we felt the room charge was a little too high, but we agreed to stay anyway. The staff felt the need to keep asking us to pay for the entire stay right away (when usually you make a deposit or pay when you check out) besides that they charged extra for using the seats on the beach (if you are staying at a hostal or hotel you shouldn't have to pay more for using the installations) when we complained about not being able to relax because they kept asking for money every 15 minutes their response was very rude and very unprofessional. If you run or work at a hostel you need to know how to treat your guests. This place is not worth it. Specially when there are about 15 other hostels that offer the exact same accommodation as this one (or even better).
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled
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JCD-MED wrote a review Dec 2016
Medellin, Colombia21 contributions24 helpful votes
I visited the island with the intention of enjoying the beautiful beaches and warm waters of the Caribbean, and we did! Expect no luxury our amenities at this place, as it's basically a cabin to spend the night. No more than that. It is a clean and well organised place, which is a very important point for me! The downside, though, is the scarcity of water. Having to pay extra to receive 5 litres of water to shower seems a bit disappointing. Well, it's not only here... It's an issue in the island.
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Date of stay: December 2016Trip type: Traveled
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hutsonl14 wrote a review May 2016
Chicago, Illinois132 contributions50 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I stayed here in February 2016. We were blown away by how clean and comfortable the facilities were (considering you are staying on the beach with no running water - keep that in mind.) An oscillating fan was all that was necessary to stay cool at night despite highs in the 90s during the day! The white sheets were spotless, and the room clean and sandfree. The patio had the best view I have ever woken up to - get one in the front row so you look directly out on the ocean. We stayed in a big room that had extra mattresses in the back, so it could have slept more than 2. The locking door was also a huge plus for us, as many huts just had a cloth covering the door. We would not have been as relaxed on the beach (as we went on many walks) if we knew that our stuff was out - even though the whole beach felt very safe and close knit. Location was great because it was not too far down the beach (away from the parking lot) but wasn't close to the restaurant/bar that played loud music (very fun to dance at, but wouldn't be fun to sleep at, as we went to bed before the music stopped!) We also were able to reserve a room in advance over Whats App (find the # on their facebook page), which I appreciated as a big planner - I would have felt nervous going to the beach not knowing what we were going to get. We were expecting an outhouse, so the toilets were nice although they did not really flush (it seemed like you could, but they did not explain how.) To bathe, you got a big jug of freshwater to pour over yourself in a private stall which was quite fun, but I am glad we only stayed 2 nights (1 bucket shower, left early the 2nd morning for our hotel in Cartagena.) The property lost a star for us because we did not feel welcomed at all by the staff. Granted, our Spanish is not great, but we still had very warm experiences at other restaurants/hostels on the beach, despite of the language barrier. We didn't eat any meals at Parador, and were unsure if they even offered meals (other than the snacks and sodas at the counter.) Kind of odd you have to pay to rent a beach chair even if you are guests at the hotel (even though it's very cheap.) We just brought the plastic chairs down from our deck the day we did not pay for a beach chair.
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Morin M wrote a review Apr 2016
190 contributions60 helpful votes
We came to playa blanca for a daytrip on a Wednesday, (very crowded on weekends) so there were not too many people. we loved the Parador chairs and the sunshdes so we decided to "park' here. It was quiet most of the time. only there were lots of vendors harassing us and other tourists, when there was a tourist boat coming and parking there. We also had lunch here which was ok, but the fish was not cooked well.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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_ARadwan88 wrote a review Apr 2016
Toronto, Canada10 contributions5 helpful votes
In comparison to other beach cabins we checked out on Playa Blanca, we found the Parador to be a lot cleaner, but also more expensive. That being said, it is a cabin on the beach, so keep your amenity expectations in check before deciding to stay here or anywhere on Playa Blanca for that matter. The pros: clean, good spot right on the beach, not as crowded, you get to sleep to wake up to a great view. The cons: No one there spoke English, so we had difficulty communicating with the staff, wifi might as well be non-existent, use of showers is extra (they give you a 5L jug of water to shower with - for ~ 2000 pesos), definitely got hustled on prices.
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Date of stay: April 2016
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William R wrote a review Jan 2016
London, United Kingdom23 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed at Las Corales on the same beach last year , but thought we would pay a bit more for better accommodation. In fact it was not much better. The room was a bit bigger and it was clean, but the toilet facilities were poor and not as good as Las Corales. Also, why should you have to pay 30000 pesos for a beach chair when we were guests!? We took more comfortable chairs at the club next door and were charged 40000 for 3 people with more comfortable sun beds. The bar in El Parador is more expensive than elsewhere so hardly any body uses it! Why pay 5000 for a beer that is for sale at 3000 20 yards away? Also, no internet unlike Las Corales.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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freckles_and_ginger wrote a review Aug 2015
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom12 contributions9 helpful votes
Beach cabins were basic but did have mosquito nets over beds and a fan. Everything on playa blanca is a bit more expensive than Cartagena but this place seemed especially so at the restaurant. Toilets were fine. Pay extra for a shower. Breakfast not included. Nice spot on the beach. But also pay extra to use their sun loungers. Staff helpful.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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ColombiaBolivar DepartmentCartagena DistrictIsla Baru
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Frequently Asked Questions about Parador Playa Blanca Baru
Which popular attractions are close to Parador Playa Blanca Baru?
Nearby attractions include Aviario Nacional de Colombia (1.0 miles), Playa Puntilla (1.0 miles), and Banana Beach (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Parador Playa Blanca Baru?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Parador Playa Blanca Baru?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Does Parador Playa Blanca Baru have airport transportation?
Yes, Parador Playa Blanca Baru offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Parador Playa Blanca Baru accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.