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Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Colombia’s best-kept secrets (well, 7 of them)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2011

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.

Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.

1) Hike up to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

2) Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park

3) Sail from Colombia to Panama

4) Get your PADI diving certificate in Taganga

5) Visit Pablo Escobar’s grave

6) Sip cocktails from a coconut on Playa Blanca

7) Explore the walled city of Cartagena

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[ 0 ] August 4, 2011

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Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Where to eat in Cartagena, Colombia

[ 1 ] July 1, 2011

Looking for good restaurants in Cartagena? We’ve hunted down the best places to eat, from sunny street cafés to delicious pizza joints.

Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Cartagena travel guide - Best restaurants in Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

* Media Luna café

Located next door to Media Luna hostel, this restaurant serves up great pasta, large pizzas and cheap breakfasts. Service tends to be slow but guests at the hostel receive 10% off.

This tongue-in-cheek restaurant is a great choice for those who like big portions and a quirky vibe. Go for the spicy lamb curry, nachos or the beef pie.

* Café  Lunatico

With the slogan ‘Made with crazy love’, this cosy little café prides itself on homecooked food served with a smile. Try the Thai cuisine or keep it simple with a big salad and chicken wrap.

* Pizza Reine

This pizza joint, located in the old town, is easily missed so keep your eyes peeled. Don’t leave without trying the chocolate, strawberry and cheese pizza and the Thai chicken.

* Café  del Mar

Watch the sun sink below the horizon as you sip beers on terrace. Get down there early to grab a good seat.

Looking for more things to do in Colombia? Check out the Lost City trek and visit the beautiful beaches of Tayrona National Park.

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Go snorkelling in Playa Blanca, Cartagena

[ 2 ] April 11, 2011

Planning a trip to Cartagena in Colombia? Dedicate a couple of days to Playa Blanca – a beautiful stretch of sand on Isla de Baru.

The crystal clear water and coral reef is great for snorkelling so make sure you take your own equipment. Most travellers end up staying overnight in hammocks for just 7,000 cops (£2.35) and spending lazy evenings in one of the few candlelit restaurants.

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

What to expect

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 for 8,000 cops (£2.70) or treat yourself to a pinacolada  (10,000 cops). It may be a little overpriced but you can’t get much more Caribbean than drinking out of a coconut shell…

Locals selling cerviche on Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Locals selling cerviche on Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

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!

Looking for more places to visit in Colombia? If you like beaches you’ll love Tayrona National Park and Taganga.

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