Isla Múcura is one of the most visited islands in Cartagena. Photo: Wiki Commons
Isla Múcura is one of the most visited islands in Cartagena. Photo: Wiki Commons

Three islands you must visit in Cartagena de Indias

Visiting Cartagena is a unique experience that must be accompanied by a walk near the sea.


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Cartagena de Indias is a city with a culture rich in gastronomy, dance, fauna and flora. Therefore, its tourist potential is immense when people want to get closer to the typical flavors of the Caribbean. 

With a permanent summer climate, Cartagena is the perfect place to sit on the beach and enjoy a cold drink with your feet in the sand. For this reason, we present three incredible islands to visit during a vacation in 'La Heroica', where all of them can be accessed by boats that leave from the city, take no more than 2 hours to arrive, and offer possibilities to spend the night in various accommodations or return to the city at the end of the day: 

Baru Islands 

This island is a natural attraction famous for its turquoise waters, white sand and the friendliness of its people. It is separated from the mainland by the Canal del Dique.

Today it is a place of great tourist boom, and although most of the beaches are private, owned by individuals or tourist ventures, except for Playa Blanca which is the only public beach, visiting it is one of the must if you go to the city. 

Among the most exclusive and renowned private beaches are Blue Apple Beach and Eteka Beach. 

Tierra Bomba Island 

Tierra Bomba is an island located south of the urban area of Cartagena and north of Baru Island. This island, of approximately twenty square kilometers of extension, is part of the Bay of Cartagena and of its political and cultural history.  

Its quiet white sand beaches and blue waters, in addition to its historical and natural riches, have made this place an emerging tourist destination, ideal to escape the bustle of the city and the most crowded beaches of the mainland of Cartagena.

The island is made up of four localities, being Bocachica and Punta Arena the two with the greatest tourist attraction, thanks to its beaches, the impressive view of Cartagena that can be seen from this point and several sites of historical and cultural interest such as the Battery of the Angel San Rafael and the fort of San Fernando.

Mucura Island

Isla Múcura has an environment that is a Caribbean dream with its white sands and warm, crystalline waters. It belongs to the San Bernardo Archipelago, and one of its most recommended activities is snorkeling in the live coral of Bajo Chara, the spectacular sunken islands Maravilla and Panda. You can also swim through the intricate canals of the Tintipán mangrove, where you can observe its amazing red roots.

Thanks to the diversity of its beaches, visiting Cartagena de Indias can be one of the most memorable experiences for anyone, but no tour of this city would be complete without knowing or visiting the sea in this area, as it is also a symbol of the city.



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