The most commonly known beach in Cartagena, Bocagrande became the place to be as far back as the 1950’s when American oil barons and their families used it exclusively. Nowadays, it’s a public beach, overflowing with activity.
Located on the peninsula just south of the old city and facing out to the Carribean, Bocagrande can be reached easily by taxi from the old city for only about 5000 pesos ($2.00).
If you’re looking for privacy, this isn’t the place to go. In fact, a common complaint is the onslaught of local hawkers selling everything from jewellery to crafts to models of boats and hammocks. On the other hand, Bocagrande has a very friendly beach community, comprised primarily of residents from the beachfront luxury condos and hotels. The beach also has a tight surf-scene and is very gay friendly.
If you have little kids and you want to swim in the ocean, the best time is between March and November when the Carribean is most calm. Between December and February, the ocean really picks up and becomes a great spot for surfing. At any time though, the weather is always warm and the beach itself is always hopping.