Bocagrande

Bocagrande is an upscale area of Cartagena full of tall white high-rises, upscale and budget hotels, shopping, and restaurants. It’s a soulless strip of land that runs for several blocks from the historic walled city to a quieter area called El Laguito.

 

The Beach

The city’s main beaches are located at Bocagrande, and they aren’t anything to write home about. They’re nothing like what you’d expect from the Caribbean. I see an overcrowded and dirty beach with brown sand and murky water. You’re better off taking a day trip to Playa Blanca or a resort on Isla Grande.

The beach at Bocagrande, Cartagena, Colombia

The beach

The beach at Bocagrande, Cartagena, Colombia

The beach

 

El Laguito

The southern end of Bocagrande, El Laguito, curves around a polluted lagoon and is a bit quieter. The Hilton Cartagena is located at the very end.

El Laguito in Bocagrande, Cartagena, Colombia

El Laguito

El Laguito in Bocagrande, Cartagena, Colombia

El Laguito

 

Not My Kind of Place

Bocagrande is not a place I like to stick around at when I’m in Cartagena. Of course there are some nice upscale hotels and good restaurants, but it lacks culture. I prefer staying in the old city or Getesmaní (partly to avoid the taxi rides). I also feel like I spend way too much time dodging aggressive street vendors and waving off annoying taxi drivers that run along the main streets.

 

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