Planning a trip to Cartagena in Colombia? Dedicate a couple of days to Playa Blanca – a beautiful stretch of sand on Isla de Baru.
What to expect
The crystal clear water and coral reef is great for snorkelling so make sure you take your own equipment, which is cheaper to rent on the mainland.
Most travellers end up staying overnight in hammocks and spending lazy evenings in one of the few candlelit restaurants.
Locals will try and sell you everything, from full body massages to handwoven hammocks. You will be constantly pestered – and prodded! – so be firm and politely decline.
When you’re not splashing around, try the fresh cerviche or treat yourself to a pinacolada. It may be a little overpriced but you can’t get much more Caribbean than drinking out of a coconut…
How to get there
Get down to the port for around 8am. Tickets to Playa Blanca cost from 30,000 cops (£10) and include transport both ways. You’ll also need to pay 12,000 cops in tax.
Make sure you arrange a time and place of pickup and if you’re travelling in a group try and get a discount. Boats usually leave at 9am so hang around until you hear your name called out so you get on the correct boat!