A buzzing beach surrounded by mangroves with simple thatched-roof huts for eating and drinking. Take a day trip from Cartagena for a reggaeton-fueled party, or enjoy sunsets with aguardiente shots in hand.
While this beach attracts swarms of tourists and vendors, it’s still considered one of the best in Cartagena. Stay at a hotel with private access to the beach for a calmer, more relaxing experience.
Private Beach Club
There is no better way to enjoy the beauty and excitement of Cartagena than with a day pass to one of the many private beach clubs in town. These luxurious and exclusive experiences offer the perfect balance of relaxation and indulgence for high-end travellers in need of a break.
Fenix is the newest of these Cartagena beach clubs and boasts a laid back festival vibe with a large white sandy beach, natural sculptures for photos, and a pool that’s often surprisingly quiet. It’s also home to a popular Champeta (Afro Colombian dance class) that takes place every second weekend.
The club is located on Tierra Bomba, the closest island to Cartagena’s walled city and can be easily reached by lancha (boat). Passes include drinks, food, towels, and hammocks.
For those looking for a more lively and party-like beach experience, this club offers cabins set on their own private little waterfront area away from the main beach area. They also have palm thatched roof huts where you can sit and sip aguardiente (local anise-flavored liqueur).
The vibe here is very cool, and they’re inspired by the lively beach clubs of Ibiza and the south of France. So, you’ll find plenty of young, hip Colombians staying here or coming for a day pass from Cartagena to enjoy the fun music and great food.
Although this beach doesn’t have the long stretches of white sand like Playa Blanca, it makes up for it with its brilliant emptiness and rocky shoreline that gives way to a coral reef just beneath the surface. It’s a very popular spot for locals who want to avoid the crowds of tourists and vendors at the other more famous beaches near Cartagena.
Unlike the beach across the street, which is often crowded with vendors and tourists, this one has a mellow vibe and a nice amount of room to spread out. The hotel also provides guests with chairs and umbrellas.
The mid-size pool is also a draw. The hotel offers a bunch of activities around the pool, including water aerobics and dance parties.
This is one of the top-rated Cartagena hotels for a reason. Its Miami-swank rooftop pool is a sight to behold, and it even has an adjoining plunge pool that allows you to cool off between bouts of baking in the sun.
Plus, the high-rise location affords stunning wraparound views of the Walled City and Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Non-guests can purchase day passes for the pool and sky bar, too.
Located on Tierra Bomba, this luxury beach club is perfect for those looking for a peaceful escape from the crowds of Isla Baru. It offers a private beach, large pool and a restaurant. It also has bungalows for overnight accommodation. It is close to many of Cartagena’s top attractions including the Walled City and University of Cartagena de Indias.
Fenix Beach has a laid back festival vibe and a beautiful white sandy beach and big pool. It’s a great place to get some amazing photos, and it is often quieter than other beaches due to its location on an island.
The hotel is a favorite with locals who crave a day at the beach without tourists and vendors. It is only 10 minutes from the city and offers a private beach, a beautiful view of the sea, and plenty of trees to shade you from the sun.
A light lunch midday in this beautiful restaurant is an ideal way to refuel and take a break from the sun. You’ll enjoy a menu that features Colombian cuisine as well as exclusive creations by the chef.
Guests can order seafood and Spanish fare in the tented dining area, and sip cocktails, wine, or tropical juices while lounging on a daybed. On the weekends, DJs play music and entertainment to add to the lively atmosphere.
You can reach this beautiful private beach on a day trip from Cartagena, or stay at the luxury hotel if you want to relax on the private beaches and swim in the crystalline waters. Unlike most of the city’s other popular beaches, this one is relatively untouched and uncrowded.Cartagena Private Beach