A Personalized Adventure versus a Generic Group Tour
One of the enticing aspects of a vacation in Cartagena is the opportunity to explore the coastline and the captivating islands around, directly from the water. To truly immerse yourself in the life beyond the historic port city, there’s no match for a personalized boat adventure, with the wind and water enlivening your senses, while the brilliant Caribbean blue envelops you.
Escaping the Old Walled City for a day, perhaps a journey to the Rosario Islands for sun-basking on a secret beach or to a coral reef for an invigorating snorkeling session, can be a fantastic way to recharge. This allows you to fully relish Cartagena’s vibrant nightlife, awe-inspiring eateries, and rich cultural scene.
Selecting a personalized boat adventure in Cartagena could be the perfect choice for you, your family, and your friends.
While the idea of a generic group tour might seem appealing initially, you should be aware of a few things before making this crucial choice.
Generic Group Tours in Cartagena
Group tours can appear to be economical, easily accessible, and simply booked by arriving at the pier and joining a crowd of fellow holidaymakers. However, there are notable downsides to this choice that might not sit well with travelers seeking a more tailored experience.
First, they’re typically packed. To maximize profit, captains frequently load their speedboats to the legal limit, making for a crowded trip.
Moreover, your preferences are overlooked. Most group tours in Cartagena steer visitors to the same popular spots, which means you’ll be part of a large crowd wherever you go.
Finally, you won’t experience the personal touch or freedom that comes with chartering your own boat: you’re bound by the captain’s itinerary, unable to alter your destination if you wish, and the crew often views holidaymakers as “cargo” they must transport, not valued clients.
If a generic group tour is your only experience of the Caribbean in Cartagena, you’ll never fully comprehend what you’re missing out on
Personalized Boat Adventures in Cartagena
Opting for a personalized boat adventure is truly a superior choice. These boats are generally more appealing (newer, well-maintained, crewed by professionals), and are exclusive to the discerning traveler who seeks a custom-made adventure over a group outing.
But, are personalized boat adventures in Cartagena truly worth the investment?
Experience the Islands as they are meant to be seen
With a chartered boat, you have the liberty to design your adventure to any publicly accessible place (and some locations only accessible with special permission). This implies that you can explore renowned attractions (like Playa Blanca on the island of Baru) or you can craft your own path, perhaps choosing a private beach on a lesser-known islet.
Fancy a bit more solitude? You can request a unique itinerary that includes exclusive stops at off-shore locations within protected national parks for snorkeling/diving/swimming.
And as the boat you’ve chartered is solely yours (for the duration), you can plan your trip at any time of the day. Imagine a beach picnic lunch, an energetic offshore fishing adventure, or a romantic sunset cruise.
Your Boat is Exclusively Yours
Your traveling party will consist solely of those you invite. No more cramming in with strangers. This provides a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to create.
You’ll be traveling with only those you invite. No getting crammed in with a bunch of strangers whom you don’t know. This is a great opportunity for families and travel buddies to make once-in-a-lifetime memories on the gorgeous Caribbean Sea off the coast of Cartagena.
That also gives the captain and crew an opportunity to get to know you by name and deliver that level of personal service that public boat tours just can’t. Alternatively, if you feel like relaxing in your own thoughts, the crew can leave you be as you see fit.
And, if you have the inclination to see something else or you want to change your destination mid-route, you can request your captain take you anywhere you wish.
Private Boat Charters in Cartagena are Affordable (and Easy to Schedule)
The two biggest reasons people vacationing in Cartagena choose public boat tours are value and convenience. They enjoy the ease of simply arriving at the pier and picking a tour.
But, because we work hand-in-hand with local private boat charter companies, we can offer our guests special rates, package plans, and the convenience of having your own personal concierge take care of all the arrangements.
Indeed, when you bring four guests or more and split the cost, you’ll be amazed at just how affordable a private boat charter in Cartagena becomes! Add more people and your exclusive private adventure can easily be as affordable as one of the public boat tours offered by tour companies at the pier.
Sound interesting? Let our complimentary concierges book your day trip. All you have to do is give us a call. We can arrange everything from travel to and from the dock to special requests like picnic lunches, beverage coolers, fishing equipment and more.
Founder of Cartagena Colombia Rentals & Hampton Property Rentals LLC