Cartagena: the Caribbean

Our second full day in Cartagena, we decided to do a boat tour. Looking back, we probably should have planned it better and done a little more research for a good, fast boat. It took over 3 hours to reach the first stop. The island we visited first had a little “SeaWorld” type show and tanks of fish and sea turtles.

Sea turtles

Sea turtles

Watching the sea turtles

Watching the sea turtles

Watching the sharks

Watching the sharks

There were even dolphins!

Showing Cliff the dolphin

Showing Cliff the dolphin

Though we hadn’t planned on doing the show, we actually enjoyed it. These sharks had been trained to all climb up the side of this platform on command, and then go back into the water after feeding.

The sharks

The sharks

There was a dolphin show at the end that the kids really liked, too.

The dolphin show

The dolphin show

Jumping

Jumping

It was a cool experience, even if it was pretty commercialized.

Next, we made for the real island – Playa Blanca. By this time we were starving because it was after 2pm and we’d boarded the ship at 9am.  We’d been on the boat a long time!

Almost to land!

Almost to land!

Changing a diaper....real life

Changing a diaper on the ship….real life

We were so happy when we saw land. We took small ferries to the shore of the island.  It was a bit scary, since the waves were so rocky!  Thankfully there were plenty of helpful people as I boarded the small ferry with Olivia sleeping in my arms.  Lunch was local fish and some plantains and rice, which was pretty good. We finally got beach time after that.

On the beach

On the beach

Building huge sandcastles

Building huge sandcastles

The waves were crazy big, so the kids didn’t spend much time in the water, but we all had fun building sandcastles and watching the tide come in and wash them out.

Cliff wasn't so sure about the sand

Cliff wasn’t so sure about the sand

We only had an hour on the beach before time to leave for the long ride back to Cartagena. At least we didn’t have too much time in the sun! It was a long day, and all of us were glad to be on dry land after all that rocking!  This was our second full day in Cartagena; to read about our first day click here.

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