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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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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.

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Playa El Tunco, El Salvador

[ 0 ] February 23, 2011

Looking for good waves and a chilled out vibe? Playa El Tunco on the coast of El Salvador is a pretty little beach town with sandy streets, colourful surf shops and fantastic sunsets.

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Playa El Tunco, El Salvador - Picture of the Week - Fabulous Travel Guide

Looking for more beautiful places in Central America? Check out Lake Atitlan and Semuc Champey in Guatemala.

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