One of the main attractions of Cartagena besides the colonial architecture is the beach. The surf is a little high for serious swimming but the beaches are packed with Colombian vacationers getting some sun.
- Adventure Travel
There's a group of islands 1 hour by boat from Cartagena (Islas del Rosario) with good sites. I went snorkelling there and was pretty good, although not as good as San Andres Isla (1.5 hrs flight from Cartagena). I did scuba in San Andres and is an awesome spot.
going to the beach...
Going to the beach in Cartagena is a nightmare... beaches are really not that good and the sea indifferent... but they are crowded... with people and with sellers.
Everyone seems to be going to Bocagrande - and sellers there are of the worst kind. they will pester you every second trying to sell you sunglasses, necklaces, t-shirts. drinks, food, massages... you name it, they have it. Saying no politely doens't help, as those sellers are very aggressive. try and see! You sleep, they wake you up to offer you a bracelt or else grab your leg and start massaging you. Even if you eep saying no. After 30 minutes, including 15 in the water, we left.
We found quieter (though not better) beaches in the Laguito area... hardly any people, no pushy sellers, no music, nothing... just us and the sea. Should you seek for a relaxed beach, this is where you should go.
To the Sea
It`s common to see early in the morning the fishermen throw their "atarrayas" or nets all the long of the beaches of Marbella and fishing in teams.
For the fishermen visiting Cartagena, we recommend three strategic places: The Jetty of Bocagrande that looks toward Tierrabomba in The Lake; Santo Domingo to the height of the Charleston Santa Teresa hotel in the Walled Center, and Castillogrande around of the Naval Club.
- A world beyond the surface
The generosity Cartagena's natural beauty, was rewarded in all its senses including its coralline reefs, which allow exploit the diving in crystalline and deep waters, as the Rosario's Islands and Bar.
The recreational diving with its famous red flag and white diagonal line, is not difficult or dangerous since it doesn't improvise.
In the city there are diving stores as Caribbean Dive Shop, which are specialized in servicing novice tourists as well as veterans, to explore the beautiful islands and reefs near to Cartegena.
Equipment: Isla Portonaito, Islas del Rosario, Isla del Pirata, Baru. The stores of scuba and travel offices offer all the equipement that you will for Aprox. US$30 per person.
Colombia is not known for its Baseball tradition. Cartagena, as well as Baranquilla is steeped in baseball. IF you want to see quality amateur baseball Cartagena is the place. There are numerous stadiums and any toruist place can direct you to free games with plenty going on in the stands as well as the field.
sports and beach
the most common sports that you could find in the atlantic zone of Colombia is sports like football, or sea sports or swimming pool activities, but if you're interested in a native game of this zone is the softball, or if you stay in an important hotel or big condominium you can practice tennis-pool-swimming pool games-golf-and sea sports.
We advice you that if you are going to play another game that is not in the sea or in the swimming pool play it between 6:00 am to 8:30 am, or after 5:00 pm because the weather is very high and is very unconfortable to play.
the posible sea sports that you can practice over there is: jet sky, scuba diving, diving, and skying or surfing
Equipment: we suggest that you use comfortable cotton clothes all time, as the weather is very hot