How much is it worth spending a day at the beach in Cartagena?

Spending a day on the beaches of Cartagena is one of the experiences most sought after by tourists when they arrive in the city. Being able to contemplate the sea, bathe in it, sunbathe, enjoy a cold drink, and taste delicious delicacies, it is an experience that can be fantastic as long as you are prepared with the necessary budget, so that your adventure and enjoyment do not become a bad time.

The feeling of indescribable joy when arriving at the beach, and the nostalgia that comes from having to leave, are feelings shared by travelers and locals alike. No matter how many times you have enjoyed yourself, you never get enough when you love the beach. In here we provide you with a day’s budget with the estimated prices (some fixed and others negotiable), so you can take what you need and enjoy a day at the fun beaches of La Heroica.Playa de Bocagrande, Cartagena de IndiasYou can also be interested: India Catalina, the story behind the monument

Transportation to go to the beaches of Cartagena

Assuming that your place of departure and return is the center of Cartagena, a taxi service to the beach sectors of Bocagrande, Castillogrande and El Laguito is worth between 7.000 and 8.000 COP.

If your choice is to go to La Boquilla area, the most usual rate is 10.000 COP. Remember to agree on the value with the driver before boarding the vehicle.

Sunshade chairs and tent

Try to get out that great trader you carry inside, since according to the day and the demand costs may vary. According to the official price table, the maximum value for you to rent these items is 30.000 COP, which includes a double tent and four chairs. You can also find single tents with two chairs for 15.000 COP. These prices apply to all Cartagena beaches. Parasoles en playa de Bocagrande, Cartagena de Indias


It is important to stay hydrated while sunbathing. The advice we give you is to bring with you a cooler with different beverages, so that you can save some money. But if you want to buy these products on the beach, be sure not to pay more than 3.000 COP for a bottle of water and between 3.500 and 4.000 COP for a beer (some brands may cost more than others).


Enjoy lots of fruit, “raspaos”, shrimp ceviches, “bolis” (fruit iced sticks), among other delicacies. The fruit portions are obtained for 3.000 COP, the “raspaos” for 2.500, as well as the “bolis”. Ceviches can be found at prices between 15.000 and 20.000 COP. The beaches of Cartagena are a real fair for delicious snacks.Chicas bronceándose en playa de Bocagrande, Cartagena

Lunch on the beaches of Cartagena

A delicious typical Caribbean lunch, consisting of a fish soup, a delicious fried fish (usually mojarra, saw fish or red snapper), coconut rice, “patacones”, fresh salad, and lemonade, can be yours for prices between 20.000 and 30.000 COP.Comida típica cartagenera

Other services

If you want some prodigious hands to give you a comforting massage on the beaches of Cartagena, you can negotiate for a maximum value of 50.000 COP. Likewise, with the traditional braids, you can get a Caribbean look for prices between 20.000 and 30.000 COP.

You can also practice various water sports and rent exciting jet skies to take advantage of the wide coastal area of the “Corralito de Piedra.” 15 or 20 minutes on board these entertaining machines are worth approximately 50.000 COP. One hour of kitesurfing can be worth 120.000 COP; a kayak cruise 40.000 COP per hour; going aboard the "gusanito" is worth between 25.000 and 35.000 COP per person. More exciting activities, such as the flyboard and the paratrike, can cost between 100.000 and 120.000 COP for 20 minutes.Alquiler de jet ski en playa de Cartagena de IndiasWith this prices’ list you will have the possibility to organize all the logistics that a day at the beach implies. Spaces full of incredible beauty and unlimited entertainment. Prepare your budget and try to respect it, while having a relaxed and prudent attitude to negotiate the values with the operators. Knowing in advance what services you can acquire and what you can not, is the key to make your day at the beach a perfect day.

You can also read: Three islands in Cartagena that you cannot miss Atardecer en playa de Bocagrande, Cartagena de IndiasIt is worth mentioning that this table of costs is focused on the beaches of the city, and not those of its insular zone, such as those of the Corales del Rosario and San Bernardo National Natural Park, which have higher costs, especially the transportation, that must be done by means of boats and paying an exit tax.
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