The peninsula of Barú

The peninsula of Barú (sometimes called Barú Island) is a coastal area 45 minutes south of Cartagena, Colombia, by boat. Famous for its white beaches and turquoise water, it is separated from the mainland by the Canal del Dique. Until 2014 when the Barú Bridge opened, the only way to get across the canal was by ferry.

Today it has become a hotspot for tourism. Most of the beaches are private, owned by individuals or tourism-related businesses. The exception is Playa Blanca, which is the only public beach.

In the waters in front of Barú, the famous Battle of Barú was waged in 1708, during which the San José Galleon was sunk.