Friday, March 14, 2014

{Colombia} Playa Blanca


On our last day in Colombia, Amber and I decided that having another beach day was in order. Playa Blanca came highly recommended so we jumped on the chance to check it out.

 Playa Blanca in my opinion was the most beautiful beach we went to while traveling in Colombia. Although very touristy, the white-flour sand and blue-green ocean truly makes Playa Blanca absolutely stunning. 

Leaving the bay in Santa Marta.

Happy we are finally on the boat and headed to Playa Blanca.

On the way out to Playa Blanca, we made a quick stop to pick someone up and these little boys would paddle or swim right up to the boat and ask for money.

     
This was one of the beach "bar tenders".


From Santa Marta, you have to arrange a boat ride (we made arrangements through our hostel the day before) to get to this small piece of paradise. The frustrating part about getting to Playa Blanca is the long wait at the dock for your boat to leave and the zoo of people scrambling around. There are several different companies taking "boat" loads of people out and you just have to wait until you're called. Put your patient pants on and expect to wait at least an hour before loading up in the boat.

{Side note:  Be aware that when you are getting off the boat in Playa Blanca, there will be people "helping" you off the boat and before you know it they are trying to sell you something. You don't even realize it's happening and it's pretty confusing at first. These vendors will literally put things in your hand and at first. Just politely say no thank you and walk away. Nothing is free. Also, everything on Playa Blanca is quite expensive, from food & drinks and everything in between. You will expect to see/pay roughly the same price's as the US $.}

Getting to Playa Blanca makes all the tension from waiting dissolve. 
Just sit back, relax, and soak in the beauty. 

And that my friends is the Caribbean coast of Colombia. What a trip, from trekking through the jungle to the beauty of the beaches, you must go, see and explore for yourself.

Until next time,
Happy Trekkin'.