Playa Grande (Large Beach):
Playa Grande is the closest beach and most popular with tourists. Situated in Puerto Colombia, Playa Grande is only 15 minutes away on foot (5 min. by car) from Cachama Negra. A beautiful beach, with various restaurants. You are able to rent chairs with parasols and purchase goods from merchants, who sell among other things, cold drinks and ice-cream. A guarded car park is available.
Bathing hours: 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM (During this period the lifeguards are around).
From the town of Puerto Colombia, you’ll have to cross a river, follow a narrow trail, to reach a small beach. There are a lot of rocks, and the waves normally are strong.
El Diario (The Dairy):
This beach will take a 45 minute walk to get to. Enter the street leading to the cemetery (also to Posada “El Portete”). After passing the cemetery, you’ll encounter a road that climbs up steeply. After about 100 meters, there is a trail on your left hand side. Through here you will reach El Diario.
There are several beaches which can only be reached by boat. These boats are called “Lanchas”. The lanchas can be found at the end of the malecón (boulevard), next to “Bar la Playa”. Local fishers make journeys with their lanchas to different sites. The lanchas normally will take up to 12 persons per trip. If your group is smaller, the captain will try to find other persons or groups to complete the trip. With the captain you’ll agree a time to have you picked up for the return trip. The trip with the lancha is spectacular, you’ll see the coastline with its mountains, pelicans diving for fish, and if you are very lucky, it’s also possible to see dolphins alongside the lancha.
Valle seco (Dry Valley):
This is the nearest beach to which you’ll have to go by lancha (10 minutes). This beach has a natural pool, formed by a coral reef. Therefore the waves, if any, are very small. Ideal for snorkeling. The beach has no palms, or any other trees, so there is no natural shade. There is one small restaurant, which is likely to be closed during weekdays. It’s advisable to take your food and drinks yourself..
In 20 minutes a lancha can take you to Chuao, a beautiful beach with various small restaurants on the beach itself. From the beach you can walk (or take the bus) to the colonial village of Chuao. See above.
To go to Cepe, the boat trip takes about 30 minutes. Another fine beach, with various small restaurants on the beach itself. Here there is the possibility for snorkeling, and see different fishes and corals. You can hire diving-equipment, or take a diving course at “Puerto Escondido Dive Center“.
Other beaches where you can go by lancha are:
- Uricao, (30 minutes)
- Tuja, (1 hour)
- Puerto Maya (1¼ hour)
- La Ciénaga (1¼ hour).
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