Isla Barú, Cartagena: Colombia’s tropical island paradise


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] Last month, Practical Wanderlust highlighted the beauty of Isla Barú, which is located off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia. After a short introduction (see below) the authors, Lia and Jeremy, present a travel guide with detailed tips on how to travel there, how to decide between a day trip of an overnight stay, what to pack, where to stay, and what to do. It also highlights specific beaches, such as Playa Blanca and Playa Manglares (shown above), as well as information on the local bird sanctuary, Aviario Nacional de Colombia. Read full article at Practical Wanderlust.

Isla Barú, located just off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, is the kind of tropical paradise that most visitors to Cartagena envision when they book their tickets. Palm trees, bright blue Caribbean Sea, sandy beaches, fresh seafood and fruit juice… heaven, basically. But you won’t find that beachy paradise within Cartagena, a bustling city that is better known for its spectacularly colorful streets, flower-laden balconies, and delicious food than its beaches.

Many visitors choose to leave Cartagena to visit some of the nearby beaches on the Caribbean coast, such as Santa Marta or Parque Tayrona. But not everyone has the time to hop on a 5-hour bus to access those beaches. Luckily, there is Isla Barú, a small island floating in the Caribbean located under an hour away from Cartagena by ferry or taxi. You can visit Isla Barú for the day, sunning on the shores of stunning Playa Blanca, or you can choose to stay overnight, which is what we did. [. . .]

For full article, see

Also see an earlier article, “The Natural Beauty of the Isla Barú region in Colombia” (Airtransat, January 16, 2018) at

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