Colombia: Where to Stay in Playa Blanca

Playa Blanca is a beautiful stretch of white sand located about 45 minutes south of Cartagena along Colombia’s Caribbean coast. It sits on the southwest corner of the Isla of Baru and is a popular tourist destination for locals and foreigners.

While the vast majority of people traveling to Playa Blanca only stay for an afternoon, it is loaded with accommodation if you choose to stay overnight. All tourist boats departing from Playa Blanca back to Cartagena leave at around 4pm, after which time you will have the beach mostly to yourself. The two available options for accommodation are as follows:


At Playa Blanca a Cabana can be described as a small hut that either sits on stilts or is built right on the sand. All cabanas will face the ocean. It usually holds one double bed (sometimes two twin beds) and costs anywhere from $20 to $40 USD, depending on the place and what is included. The typical price is around $25 USD. Walking down the beach, you’ll find numerous places to choose from.


Hammocks will usually be located under a shelter to block you from the sun or heaven forbid, the rain. Many will come with a mosquito net which is a damn good choice as mosquitoes are plentiful. Hammocks cost anywhere from $4 to $5 USD per night. There are also many options to choose from.

That’s pretty much it!  We haven’t included specific names and contact information because….well, these are not places that typically accept reservations.  Just go there, take a small day bag and find a nice place to crash for the night.

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