13 Best Cartagena Resorts And Beachfront Hotels I Love [2024]

My detailed analysis of the best Cartagena resorts and beachfront hotels to compare and quickly find the accommodation that’s right for you.

🛑 Stop making mistakes when choosing your beach hotel or beachfront resort in Cartagena. Start discovering your best options and easily decide where to stay.

Sometimes vacations are synonymous with rest. To help you have a pleasant moment by the sea, I have selected the best Cartagena resorts and the best beachfront hotels in Cartagena.

I have been exploring Colombia since 2015 and have traveled regularly to Cartagena de Indias, including one stay of more than 45 days.

This way, I can give you a complete guide to help you pick from among the many Cartagena best beach hotels and beach resorts.

Here is what you’ll get:

  1. Your Perfect Match: Discover the hotel or resort that meets your tastes and budget for your beach holiday in Cartagena. Plus, I’ll reveal my personal favorite.
  2. The best option for you: how to choose between a beach hotel and a frontbeach resort.
  3. Which paradise island should you pick: Isla Baru, Isla Grande, Tierra Bomba?
  4. Common pitfalls: Don’t make the same mistakes as many travelers when choosing between the various Cartagena beach hotels and resorts. I’ll tell you how to avoid them easily.
  5. The best time to enjoy the beach in Cartagena depending on your travel plans and your desires.

Can’t miss: Our incredible analysis of Cartagena’s neighborhoods.


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Since 2015, Adrien, Alejandra, and I (Tom) have been helping travelers explore Colombia. Here, you will find everything you need to fall in love with this beautiful country easily.


My favorite resorts & beach hotels

Family resort
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru
  • 4.4
  • From 450 USD
  • Description:

    Isla del Encanto is a family-friendly beach resort with amazing pools and a nature-immersed setting. Great service and food, plus fun activities like snorkeling. Just a heads-up, it's popular with daytrippers!

Affordable
  • Where:
    Isleta (in front of Isla Grande)
  • 4.5
  • From 150 USD
  • Description:

    Islabela is a gem for budget-savy travelers, offering simple but modern rooms with ocean views and great service. Enjoy its gorgeous semi-private beach and tasty, affordable meals. Just note, there's no pool.

Modern Resort
  • Where:
    North of Isla Baru
  • 4.6
  • From 430 USD
  • Description:

    Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a chic, modern resort with top-notch facilities like multiple pools and a spa. It's comfy and stylish, but meals and drinks are quite expensive.

Luxury Resort
  • Where:
    South of Isla Baru
  • 4.6
  • From 460 USD
  • Description:

    Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

In Cartagena
  • Where:
    Laguito
  • 4.4
  • From 220 USD
  • Description:

    The Hilton Cartagena is a vibrant, modern paradise with stunning pools and a private beach area. It's close to Bocagrande center. It's big, be ready for some lively crowds. Some renovation works would be welcome.

Party and Quiet
  • Where:
    Tierra Bomba
  • 4.5
  • From 337 USD
  • Description:

    Blue Apple Beach in Cartagena is a cozy gem! Perfect for romantic getaways with its private bungalows and pools. It's lively by day, ideal for fun, but transforms into a serene spot at night. Just be aware, it can get busy during the day with a mix of travelers.

Beach hotel
  • Where:
    Isla Baru
  • 4.5
  • From 108 USD
  • Description:

    Soy Local Baru is a quaint eco-hotel with a stunning private beach and just six rooms. Expect delicious local food and attentive staff. The atmosphere is serene, the amenities are simple.

Family resort
Where:
South of Isla Baru
4.4
From 450 USD
Description:

Isla del Encanto is a family-friendly beach resort with amazing pools and a nature-immersed setting. Great service and food, plus fun activities like snorkeling. Just a heads-up, it's popular with daytrippers!

Affordable
Where:
Isleta (in front of Isla Grande)
4.5
From 150 USD
Description:

Islabela is a gem for budget-savy travelers, offering simple but modern rooms with ocean views and great service. Enjoy its gorgeous semi-private beach and tasty, affordable meals. Just note, there's no pool.

Modern Resort
Where:
North of Isla Baru
4.6
From 430 USD
Description:

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is a chic, modern resort with top-notch facilities like multiple pools and a spa. It's comfy and stylish, but meals and drinks are quite expensive.

Luxury Resort
Where:
South of Isla Baru
4.6
From 460 USD
Description:

Las Islas is a paradise in Cartagena! Wake up in a treetop bungalow, kayak in the Caribbean, and unwind with yoga in nature. It's a perfect blend of eco-friendly seclusion and city-like amenities. Just hop over to Isleta for more beach fun!

In Cartagena
Where:
Laguito
4.4
From 220 USD
Description:

The Hilton Cartagena is a vibrant, modern paradise with stunning pools and a private beach area. It's close to Bocagrande center. It's big, be ready for some lively crowds. Some renovation works would be welcome.

Party and Quiet
Where:
Tierra Bomba
4.5
From 337 USD
Description:

Blue Apple Beach in Cartagena is a cozy gem! Perfect for romantic getaways with its private bungalows and pools. It's lively by day, ideal for fun, but transforms into a serene spot at night. Just be aware, it can get busy during the day with a mix of travelers.

Beach hotel
Where:
Isla Baru
4.5
From 108 USD
Description:

Soy Local Baru is a quaint eco-hotel with a stunning private beach and just six rooms. Expect delicious local food and attentive staff. The atmosphere is serene, the amenities are simple.

Aleja Isla Pelicano Rosario

It’s hard to choose from the wide range of beach hotels and beach resorts in Cartagena.

Well, first of all, it depends on what you’re looking for!

Start by asking yourself the right questions. Are you traveling alone, as a romantic getaway, with your family? Do you just want to laze around and be pampered without worrying about anything? Swimming, snorkeling, eating? Do you want to stay away from it all or close to the city?

I‘ll help you answer all these questions so that you can make your choice and find the beachfront hotel in Cartagena that’s right for you.

Should you stay in a beach hotel or Resort in Cartagena?

Once again, it depends on what you’re looking for.

First, you need to know what the main difference is between a hotel and a resort. The primary purpose of a hotel is to provide accommodation. A resort is more like a self-contained hotel complex that can be a destination in itself. Depending on the range of services and facilities available, these are known as all-inclusive resorts.

In fact, an all-inclusive resort is a one-stop spot for all of your travel needs. Food, drinks, free wifi, entertainment, shopping, and wellness centers are all available on-site. You can get everything you need without ever having to leave the resort. 

Many resorts also have tours and family activities available. There are often kid entertainment clubs and daycare services for an upcharge. Other unique excursions at resorts include scuba diving, boat trips, and various tours. 

It may seem tempting to choose an all-inclusive resort, especially if all you want to do is not worry about anything, but there are a few things you need to know.

As a general rule, a resort is big. So it can get crowded, especially during the tourist season. You’ll probably have to be patient when waiting your turn to eat.
Depending on the quality of the resort, the food is not always up to scratch. This is not surprising due to the number of guests at some resorts.

A resort can be noisy. There may be activities organized around the pool or music, and you must not be afraid of our little angels screaming for joy if the resort is mainly frequented by families. But if you’re traveling with your kids, you’ll be happy to relax while they enjoy the kids club.

Hotels, on the other hand, are generally smaller and thus more intimate, but often less lively and therefore less attractive if you are looking for fun.

Now remember that I chose the BEST beach hotels and beach resorts in Cartagena for you!

Where to pick your beachfront hotel?

Where your Cartagena beachfront hotel or resort is can make or break your vacation. You can choose a resort directly in Cartagena de Indias, Tierra Bomba, Isla Barú, or Isla Grande. 

So, the key question is: do you want a hotel in a secluded place, or would you prefer to be in Cartagena?

Let me tell you a little about the different options you have, and then you can choose the perfect location for your dream beach hotel stay.

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Isla Grande

Tom Isla Grande White Sand beach

Isla Grande is an island off Cartagena de Indias belonging to the Rosario archipelago. It is only accessible by boat (around 1 hour). Secluded and breathtaking, it’s a coral island bathed by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. There are a few white sand beaches, but these are artificial. Most of the beaches are private; the only public beach is Playa Libre.

Here you can go snorkeling. I’d advise you to avoid swimming too far from the shore between 9am and 4pm, as there are a lot of boats and they go fast. Check with your beach hotel to find you a boat run by a local.

In short, Isla Grande is for you if you want to relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy the slow pace of life on a secluded island. But be aware that on Isla Grande, you can’t walk around as you please because of the many private properties, mangroves, and lagoons. So I recommend you to carefully choose your beachfront hotel.

I’d also advise you to avoid weekends and festive days, as it’s too crowded for me.

My favorite beach hotels and frontbeach resorts on Isla Grande are Islabela, San Pedro de Majagua, and Rosario del mar by Tequendama.

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Isla Baru

Las Islas Baru Rosario Island
Credit: Las islas

Isla Barú is the largest of the Rosario islands. It is also the most visited island from Cartagena, accessible by car via a bridge and by boat (approx. 1h30 mins).

In my opinion, it doesn’t exude that small air of lost paradise that you can feel on Isla Grande; its waters aren’t as stunning, and its beaches aren’t as beautiful.

Isla Baru is also very popular for its beautiful national bird reserve, which is well worth a visit.

This is where you’ll find the most luxurious beach resorts. It is more expensive to book a resort here than in Cartagena because it is more private and isolated. Prices are high, and I advise you to avoid staying there during the peak tourist season, weekends, and public holidays.

My favorite beachfront hotels and beach resorts on Isla Baru are Isla del Encanto, Soy Local Baru, Las Islas, Sabai Beach, and Sofitel Barú Calablanca.

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Tierra Bomba

Tierra Bomba Amare beach

Tierra Bomba island is just fifteen minutes by boat from Cartagena. It faces the Bocagrande district.

It’s not as paradisiacal as Isla Grande or Isla Baru, its beaches aren’t as beautiful, and its waters aren’t as crystal-clear. As on most islands, prices are high, and you can expect to spend most of your time at your hotel.

It’s not my favorite destination, but it can be a good option if you fancy relaxing for a day or two with a cocktail on the beach.

If you’re feeling festive, I’d recommend one of the island’s beach clubs, which are very popular at weekends.

And if you’re a bit sporty, you can also tour the island on a mountain bike. This will take you to some of the prettier parts of the island that are less frequented by tourists.

My favorite beach hotels on Tierra Bomba are Blue Apple Beach and Eteka Slow Beach.

Beachfront hotels and resorts in Modern Cartagena

Laguito hotel Hilton
Credit: Hilton Cartagena

The resorts located right in Cartagena are more modern and practical but lack impressive natural features. The beaches are not comparable to those in more isolated locations, such as in Isla Grande. If you care about the architecture of the building, I recommend you to stay in the walled city, but you won’t get to the beach.

The beaches in the new districts of Bocagrande and La Boquilla are popular because it’s easy to get to and cheaper, but they’re invaded by street vendors, covered in deckchairs and other beach equipment, and you overlook the skyscrapers. In short, I don’t recommend them.

I find the Laguito area quieter and more pleasant, although it’s quite similar to Bocogrande. The beach is frequented by families and water sports fans, and the water is calm. There are fewer street vendors on the beach, and the atmosphere is rather relaxed.

My favorite Beachfront resorts in Moderna Cartagena are Hilton Cartagena, Estelar Playa Manzanillo and Hotel Las Americas.

Picky Eaters or gourmets: Be Careful

Restaurant candé cartagena (1)

Many Cartagena resorts have buffet-style food. If you are looking for higher-quality options, I suggest you opt for resorts and beachfront hotels with restaurantsBlue Apple and Islabela both serve delicious meals.

Blue Apple Beach House offers free, made-to-order breakfasts for guests daily. The on-site restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine. Many reviews from past guests had high compliments of the food and cocktails

Islabela has delicious food for great value. There is an option to book 3 meals a day for a great price. For breakfast, they offer a continental or an à la carte option. The on-site restaurant offers an à la carte menu with Caribbean-style food.

Get your Money’s Worth: Resort Expenses 

I have to tell you, even though you probably guessed it already, Cartagena de Indias is a hotspot for tourism. With this reputation comes an uprise in prices. A significant factor in price is resort location. The more secluded the resort, the more expensive it will be to stay there. On average, a stay within the city itself will be cheaper than one on a secluded beach resort on Isla Grande or Isla Barú.

A gorgeous resort that I find friendlier for your wallet is Islabela. They have price-friendly options that don’t take away from the luxury of Colombia. Other beachfront resorts with high price value are Blue Apple and the Hilton

Language Barriers

When you travel to a foreign country, language barriers are inevitable. At beachfront resorts like Sofitel Barú Calablanca, not all staff speak English. However, they can still provide fantastic service, and it is crucial to prepare yourself for some barriers in communication. I reassure you, you’ll always make yourself understood!

Wildlife to Watch Out For 

The insects on Cartagena’s islands can be annoying. Don’t like bugs? You should stay in the city 😉

Relax and Take it Easy

In the Caribbean region, service can often be disorganized and slow. I suggest you take it easy and enjoy your stay; you’re on holiday!

Unplug 

Access to hot water and quality internet on the island resorts is often scarce. I suggest you enjoy the seclusion and unplug from the rush of your daily life. The simple pleasures will often outweigh the need for a steamy shower. 

When to come to Cartagena for a beach holiday under the sun?

Playa Blanca can be overcrowded | Credit: @juanibian

The weather in Cartagena is warm all year round. The rainiest months are from May to November, but showers are generally short. The sunniest months are from December to April.
If you’re looking for some tranquillity, don’t forget to consider the tourist season (peak between 20/12 and 15/01).
There’s a little rain between March and April, but most of the tourists are gone by then (excluding Holy Week).
So the choice is yours!

Best Cartagena Resorts: My mini-reviews

Here is a brief description of each of my 13 favorite beachfront resorts and hotels in Cartagena de Indias.

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Isla Grande

Isla Grande is my favorite Rosario island. Here is where you should stay.

1# Hotel Rosario de Mar: The best beach

Beach hotel
Hotel Rosario de mar by Tequendama
Pros:
  • Beautiful beach and vegetation
Cons:
  • A little too lively at weekends
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My opinion: I haven’t yet had the chance to stay at this beach hotel, formerly known as Gente del Mar. But according to my initial feedback, it’s a little haven of tranquillity in a paradisiacal setting. Its private beach is one of the most beautiful in Rosario.

Rosario de mar by Tequendama is ideal for a romantic getaway by the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, with its pretty cottages perfectly integrated into the island’s vegetation.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Its natural setting is truly beautiful, with a lovely garden planted with trees.
  • The fine white sandy beach is absolutely superb.
  • The food is good, but the service can be a little slow.
  • The hotel has adopted an eco-friendly lifestyle.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • At weekends, the place comes alive, and you may find that the music is a little too loud.
  • There is no pool.
Credit: Hotel Rosario de mar by Tequendama

Price: from 250 USD /2 pers | Cancellation Policy: check on booking | Location: Isla Grande east end | What’s included: Breakfast | Facilities: 3/5

2# Islabela: The Best quality/price Cartagena Beach resort

Best deal
Eco Hotel Islabela
Pros:
  • Lovely wooden cabins
  • One of the best beaches
Cons:
  • No A/C & Mosquitoes
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My opinion: I like Islabela because it’s a great way to spend beach holidays without breaking the bank, in a little paradise. The facilities are simple but nice and the beach is one of the most beautiful on Isla Grande.

Being on a budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing paradise. Nothing beats a bright, modern room with crisp bedding and an ocean view. The friendly staff will also give you the royal treatment for a modest price. Islabela is a budget-friendly resort comparable to other luxury resorts you’ll find on Isla Grande. 

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • There is an option to book three meals a day for an excellent value.  
  • You can enjoy the luxury of semi-private beaches.
  • The resort features a terrace with access to lovely views. 
  • Excursions & cocktails are affordable.
  • The food is delicious!

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • There is no swimming pool.
  • Daytrippers come every day from Cartagena
Hotel Islabela Cartagena
Credit: Eco Hotel Islabela

Price: from 150 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 7-day | Location: Located on Isleta, in front of Isla Grande, 1-h boat ride from Cartagena| What’s included: 3 meals/day | Facilities: 3/5 

#3 San Pedro de Majagua Cartagena: Beach Resort With Amazing Trees

San Pedro de Majagua
Pros:
  • Un entorno precioso
  • Numerosas actividades de exterior
Cons:
  • No hay piscina
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My opinion: I love San Pedro de Majagua for its beautiful wooded setting and peaceful vibe. What’s more, the hotel offers lots of outside activities. It’s great for nature lovers.

Surrounded by singing birds and vibrant, green trees, Hotel San Pedro de Majagua is the hotspot for good views and relaxation. You can lounge in the shade under the plentiful trees or warm up in the sunny sand. The rooms are peaceful, with neutral hues and soft lighting. 

It’s one of the most famous beach hotels on Isla Grande.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Guests can enjoy the wildlife by bird-watching.  
  • You can enjoy the private beaches along with the wild Rosario islands. 
  • There are plenty of activities, including a dive center, cycling center, and hiking area. 
  • There are private hammocks available in the suites. 

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Kayaks and paddleboards are an additional charge, even for guests.
  • There is no swimming pool.
  • Daytrippers come every day from Cartagena.
San Pedro de Majagua
Credit: San Pedro de Majagua

Price: from 250 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 7-day | Location: Isla Grande, 1-h boat ride from Cartagena | What’s included: Breakfast | Facilities: 3/5 

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Isla Baru

If you’re looking for a comfortable stay, Isla Baru is where you’ll find the most luxurious resorts.

4# Isla Del Encanto: Best all-inclusive resort for families

All-inclusive resort
Isla del Encanto
Pros:
  • Modern & comfy bungalows
  • Excellent facilities
Cons:
  • Drinks aren't included
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My opinion: I love Isla Del Encanto for its comfortable bungalows surrounded by greenery and for its stunning pool area. There are plenty of activities to enjoy. It’s a great place for a relaxing family getaway.

Isla del Encanto is one of the best beach resorts for families. The fantastic pool area is decked out with a plethora of seating and exceptional service. The high, wooden ceilings and hardwood floors make for a clean, relaxing stay. There are also beautiful bungalows available to relax amongst the peaceful island vegetation. 

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • There are two outdoor swimming pools: all saltwater and open all year round.
  • You’re in the middle of nature.
  • The service and food both received very high praise
  • Spa and wellness packages are available on-site. 
  • Snorkeling and aviary trips are available for guests. 

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Daytrippers come every day from Cartagena de Indias.
Isla del Encanto
Credit: Isla del Encanto

Price: from 450 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3-day | Location: Isla Barú, 1-h by boat from Cartagena | What’s included: 3 meals/day | Facilities: 3.5/5 

5# Soy local Baru: Beach hotel with a beautiful beach

White-sand Beach
Soy Local Barú
Pros:
  • On a lovely beach facing the sea
  • Very attentive staff
Cons:
  • Vendors can be annoying and the rooms are simple
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My opinion: I love Soy Local Baru for its dream setting and its eco-responsible spirit. It’s the right place for a relaxing seaside break.

Soy Local Baru is a charming beach eco-hotel set on a beautiful private beach, just off the popular Playa Blanca. It offers only 6 accommodations with a stunning view of the sea. The food is very good, mainly prepared with local produce. The staff is particularly attentive.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • The eco-hotel is set in beautiful surroundings with splendid views.
  • The hotel can arrange your transport by taxi from Cartagena.
  • The food is delicious, and the staff takes good care of you.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • The rooms are pretty and comfortable, but the facilities are simple. They have no fridge and minimal storage space.
  • Your sleep may be disturbed by the noise of generators and passing boats.
  • The surrounding area is very popular with tourists.
Soy local bary hotel
Credit: Soy Local Barú

Price: from 108 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: any time | Location: Isla Barú, 1-h by boat from Cartagena | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 2/5 

6# Las Islas: The best original Luxury beach hotel

High-end
Las Islas Hotel
Pros:
  • Secluded
  • Luxurious experiences
Cons:
  • Value
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My opinion: I love Las Islas Hotel because it offers a haven of peace far from the hustle and bustle of Cartagena. It’s great for playing Robinson in a bungalow surrounded by lush vegetation by the sea while enjoying top-quality facilities.

Get away from Cartagena’s walled city and enjoy the Caribbean views in a treetop or sea-level bungalow nestled on the edge of Parque Nacional Natural Corales del Rosario y de San Bernardo. The eco-conscious accommodations of Las Islas feel like a secluded island with the amenities found in the heart of the city. 

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Reserve a room on the private Isleta, where you can enjoy the white sand beaches as you kayak, snorkel, and relax in a hammock on your private deck.
  • Choose from sea-level or treetop bungalows with private pool options, or go for an adventure on the hotel’s catamaran, the Casa Navegante with 2 amazing bedrooms.
  • The hotel includes a bioluminescent night tour and an Astro-tour as part of your stay, as well as booking assistance for additional excursions and activities.
  • Relax with traditional spa treatments or rejuvenate in the tranquil meditation room and yoga classes surrounded by nature.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Small beach area (you must go to Isleta to get to the best beach).
  • Service is quite slow (and the resort is huge).
  • There’s only one main road in the area, and you can get stranded if it’s inaccessible. Opt for a boat ride from Cartegena de Indias for a shorter, more reliable trip. 
Las Islas Hotel
Credit: Las Islas Hotel

Price: from 460 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: no refundable | Location: Isla Barú, 1-h by boat from Cartagena | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 4/5 

7# Sabai Beach: Best Cartagena Beach Resort to Relax

Relaxing stay
Sabai Beach
Pros:
  • White-sand beach & turquoise waters
  • Nice staff
Cons:
  • A bit too expensive
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My opinion: I love Sabai Beach for its natural environment and intimate atmosphere. The sunsets from its private beach are magical. What’s more, the staff takes good care of you and the food is pretty good.

Formerly known as Baru Playa Eco Beach resort, Sabai Beach is perfect for those seeking a tranquil retreat. With its stunning, almost-private beach, limited rooms, and dedicated staff, you’ll enjoy an exclusive experience, making a trip to it ideal for relaxation and quality time with loved ones.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • There is a beautiful, long, private white-sand beach with a lovely sea view, and the waters are clear and turquoise.
  • The eco-hotel is set in lush vegetation.
  • The rooms are spacious and comfortable. You’ll love the blend of contemporary style in a natural environment.
  • The sunsets are stunning.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach resort

  • You may find that restaurant service is a little slow.
  • Prices are rather high.
Baru Playa Eco Beach Resort
Credit: Baru Playa Eco Beach Resort

Price: from 309 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: check when booking | Location: Isla Barú, 1-h by boat from Cartagena | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 3/5 

8# Sofitel Baru Calablanca: A modern Cartagena beach resort

Luxurious (Playa Blanca)
Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Pros:
  • Many pools and beautiful property
  • Amazing private beach
Cons:
  • Expensive food
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My opinion: I love the Sofitel Baru Calablanca for its beautiful, modern, and comfortable facilities, perfect for pampering yourself and slowing down in a stress-free atmosphere.

Sofitel Baru Calablanca is the most recent establishment in Barú’s highly competitive hotel estate; it’s been for just over a year. It is officially considered a 4-star hotel but offers facilities worthy of a 5-star hotel, with its beautiful pool complex and highly comfortable rooms.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • The resort is stylish and modern, without being glitzy, and the beach is lovely.
  • There are excellent facilities to relax in, including 4 swimming pools, a sauna, a spa, and a 24/24 fitness center.
  • There is a kids club.
  • Rooms personify the concept of comfort.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • The 3 restaurants are OK without being exceptional.
  • Meals and drinks are expensive.
  • Depending on the room category, breakfast is at an additional cost.
  • The staff is friendly but sometimes a little slow and they don’t speak English.
  • The access road to the hotel is rather chaotic.
Sofitel Barú Calablanca
Credit: Sofitel Barú Calablanca

Price: from 430 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: Total cost due to cancellation | Location: North of Isla Barú, 1-h by boat from Cartagena | What’s included: breakfast only for some rooms categories | Facilities: 4/5 

Beachfront hotels and resorts on Tierra Bomba

If you fancy chilling out in a beach club vibe, here’s where you can stay at Tierra Bomba.

9# Blue Apple beach: Best Cartagena beach Hotel on Tierra Bomba

Trendy
Blue Apple
Pros:
  • Delicious food and cool exp.
  • Beautiful rooms and facilities
Cons:
  • Rocky beach
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My opinion: I love this charming, trendy beach hotel because it’s the perfect place to be pampered, chill out, or have fun during the day and sleep like a baby at night.

Its intimate atmosphere differentiates Blue Apple Beach from other resorts. This beach club makes an ideal location for lounging. Take a dip in the pool shaded by island vegetation or relax in the white sands. At nightfall, the place becomes peaceful and romantic —only ten rooms.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Romantic and comfy bungalows with private pools are available.
  • Guests have access to complimentary beach cabanas.  
  • Entertainment includes yoga classes, an arcade, and horseback riding rentals on-site. 
  • It’s located on the best side of Tierra Bomba.
  • The meals are delicious.
  • Fun weekend events.
  • An excellent equestrian experience.
  • Nice facilities and swimming pool.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • During the day and, more particularly, at weekends, the place is very popular with backpackers and other travelers, including families, and can become too busy for your taste.
  • The seafront is partly rocky.
Blue Apple beach Tierra Bomba
Credit: Blue Apple

Price: from 337 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: None | Location: Isla Tierra Bomba, 20-min boat ride | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 4/5 

10# Eteka Slow beach: Best Romantic Cartagena beach Hotel on Tierra Bomba

Romantic
Eteka Cartagena
Pros:
  • Spa, food & romantic dinner
  • Beautiful decoration
Cons:
  • Sound-proofing
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My opinion: I love Eteka Slow Beach for its cozy chic atmosphere in a natural setting. Everything here is designed to help you relax and slow down.

With just 6 lovely, well-equipped rooms and a ‘chic ethnic paillote‘ style vibe in a natural setting, Eteka Slow Beach is the perfect place to cozy up by the water. The location is superb, the staff takes great care of you, and the food is excellent. In short, it’s the perfect spot for a ‘forget everything’ getaway.

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • Its situation is great even though the beach is quite small.
  • The facilities are perfectly designed to create a ‘lost island’ atmosphere.
  • You will be pampered with the utmost kindness, and the Spa services are top of the range.
  • If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you will find what you need.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Hotel

  • There’s no hot water in the shower.
  • Some are fans of the background music, others not so much.
  • There is no pool.
Eteka Tierra Bomba
Credit: Eteka Cartagena

Price: from 190 USD/2 pers | Cancellation Policy: depends on the room category, ask when booking | Location: Isla Tierra Bomba, 20-min boat ride | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 3.5/5 

Beachfront hotels and resorts in Modern Cartagena

If you prefer to stay not too far from the historic center, here’s what I suggest to you.

11# Estelar Playa Manzanillo: The Best all-inclusive Cartagena resort

All-inclusive
Estelar Playa Manzanillo
Pros:
  • Comfort and fine equipment
  • Spa treatment service
Cons:
  • The beach is just ok
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My opinion: I love this all-inclusive beachfront resort for the high quality of its facilities, ideal for a relaxing stay by a stunning pool.

Estelar Playa Manzanillo is one of the best Cartagena all-inclusive resorts with gorgeous rooms and lavish amenities. Between the sparkling infinity pool, peaceful picnic area, and spacious rooms, your time in and outside at the resort will be nothing short of a relaxing getaway. The wide variety of restaurants is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beachfront Resort

  • Excellent SPA services: massages, Turkish baths, a jacuzzi, and a sauna.
  • They provide a free daily shuttle service to the old city.  
  • On-site wellness centers include a gym and a salon. 
  • There are spaces to hold special events and weddings. 

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beachfront resort

  • The beach is okay, but you can’t compare it with Rosario Islands’ beaches.
Estelar Playa Manzanillo
Credit: Estelar Playa Manzanillo

Price: from 190 USD /2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 3 days | Location: Manzanilla Beach – 25 min from Historic center  | What’s included: All-inclusive | Facilities: 4/5

12# Hotel Las Americas: Best Cartagena Resort For Families

Family-friendly
Hotel Las Americas
Pros:
  • Spacious family rooms and huge swimming pools
  • Close to the airport
Cons:
  • Food not so good
  • Can be noisy
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My opinion: I love this beachfront resort for its family-friendly facilities, particularly its beautiful pool complex. It is easily accessible from the airport.

The Hotel Las Americas Casa de Playa is a family-friendly beachfront complex located only 1.3 miles from the Rafael Núñez International Airport. The upbeat staff welcomes you in the bright, spacious lobby. With an ocean view, the clean, spacious rooms are ideal for a getaway with the whole family.

✔️ Why I Like This Beachfront Resort Cartagena

  • Start the day with a classic American buffet with options for even the pickiest eaters.
  • Its gorgeous and huge pools are equipped with chairs to lounge in and slides to keep the kids entertained. 
  • You’ll appreciate the proximity of the beach.
  • You can relax in the spa while your kids enjoy the Capitán Estrella Club, the complex’s entertainment club.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • Service and food were among the resort’s lowest-rated amenities.
  • The hotel has over 250 rooms; it can be overcrowded and noisy at night, especially during the tourist season.
  • The hotel needs some renovation work.

Price: from 165 USD /2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 7 days | Location: La Boquilla – near the airport, a 15-min taxi ride from the historic center  | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 3/5

13# Hilton Cartagena: The Cartagena Resort with the best pools

Modern resort
Hilton Cartagena
Pros:
  • Family hotel with pools & kids club
  • Beach is pleasant (semi-private)
Cons:
  • You can't open the windows
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My opinion: I like the modern tropical interior design of this beachfront resort, which offers a wide range of rooms and a stunning swimming pool area. The beach, while not heavenly, is not bad at all.

Surrounded by the vibrant Caribbean Sea, the Hilton Cartagena is a modern paradise. Pops of color are present throughout the resort, even in the rooms. Gorgeous views greet you at your room’s large sliding doors. 

✔️ Why I Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • The resort has four clean, large outdoor pools. One pool is designed for kids. 
  • There are three tennis courts on-site for guest use.  
  • A gorgeous solarium is on the premises. 
  • Guests also have access to a semi-private beach area. 
  • It’s close to the Bocagrande center.

❌ Why You Might Not Like This Cartagena Beach Resort

  • You may find the street vendors on the beach annoying.
  • Some areas of the hotel are a little outdated and would benefit from renovation.
  • The complex is huge and hosts events, so it can be crowded and noisy.
Cartagena hotel Hilton
Credit: Hilton Cartagena

Price: from 220 USD /2 pers | Cancellation Policy: 1 day | Location: Laguito, 15-min taxi from the historic center | What’s included: breakfast | Facilities: 4/5

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Q&A: Frequently asked questions 

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Here are the answers to the most common questions you may have about the best Cartagena resorts or Beachfront hotels Cartagena.

  1. Is Cartagena de Indias safe?

    Yes, the tourist districts and islands are safe. However, you should always be cautious, as you would be in any big city. 

  2. Are there beaches in Cartagena?

    Beaches located directly in the city of Cartagena de Indias are unremarkable and can’t be compared to the beaches on the Rosario Islands. A few resorts surrounded by luxurious beaches are Rosario de Mar by Tequendama, San Pedro de Majagua, and Islabela.

  3. Which are the all-inclusive Cartagena resorts?

    One gorgeous inclusive resort is Estelar Playa Manzanillo. The all-inclusive rates for this hotel even include the drinks, which not many resorts do. Islabela and Isla del Encanto are full board. Full board means that breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the rate paid. All-inclusive adds in the drinks and additional snacks for no charge. Both are great options.

  4. Are there luxury beach resorts in Cartagena, Colombia?

    Although there is no specific set of standards or ratings for luxury resorts, they are often 4 or 5-star resorts with luxurious accommodations. There are multiple luxury beach resorts in Cartagena. Las Islas and Sofitel Barú are 2 hotels considered luxury resorts.  However, this does not guarantee perfect customer service or prevent language barriers.

  5. Do they speak English in Cartagena de Indias?

    Many residents in Cartagena have stronger English speaking skills than most other parts of Colombia. However, a language barrier is always inevitable. A resort that usually has English speakers is Isla del Encanto.

  6. Is Cartagena de Indias expensive?

    Cartagena is one of the most popular destinations in Colombia, so it’s expensive, especially during the tourist season (December – April, and particularly December and January). As a general rule, the more isolated a beach hotel or resort, the more expensive it is. So accommodation in Cartagena is cheaper than on the islands. Think ahead and book well in advance if you want to have a choice.

  7. Is it easy to swim in Cartagena?

    It’s easy to go swimming in Cartagena, even in  Bocagrande or Laguito, but you’ll have more fun outside the city on the beaches of the islands of Rosario or Isla Baru. Depending on where you are and the time of day, watch out for boats.

Best Cartagena resorts: The bottom line

Aleja Pelicano Island Cartagena

Cartagena offers a wide range of accommodation options for a beach break.

It’s up to you to decide whether you prefer the modern districts, such as Bocagrande or Laguito, just a stone’s throw from the lively old town—like the Hilton Cartagena, or whether you’d prefer to find a little piece of paradise on the nearby islands, such as the Rosario Islands: Sofitel, Las Islas, and Eco Hotel Islabela.

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