Cash & Carry: Typical Costs On Your Cartagena Private Yacht Charter Trip
In a previous post, we discussed the items you’ll want to bring along on your Cartagena yachting adventure, including plenty of cold, hard, cash. But exactly how much are we talking here and what might you be wanting to purchase on the islands? While the choices are always yours to make, here are some costs you may want to consider:
Tip For The Captain & Crew: Tipping the driver is customary, even on a boat or yacht. Depending on your preference and experience, it’s not uncommon to give somewhere between $10 and $30 as a tip. Given the exchange rate, remember that $22 USD is around 65,000 pesos.
Drinks & Cocktails: You can always BOYB (Bring Your Own Bottle), but if you want to enjoy some Colombian cocktails on the islands, you can expect to pay around $5 to 15 USD (in the neighborhood of 15,000 to 45,000 pesos) to sip on one of these tasty beverages on the beach.
Dining Choices: Colombia is well-known for its local cuisine, which includes fried plantains, fresh seafood dishes and rice. A plate of these favorites is likely to run about $15 to $20 USD (or around (45,000 to 60,000 pesos).
Souvenirs: The locals make and sell a plethora of different souvenirs on the islands, everything from beads to blankets, hats and bracelets. Costs for these items are all over the map and feel free to haggle with the natives over prices.
Attractions: Depending on your destination, you might want to stop by the Oceanario Colombia outdoor aquarium. A ticket to this venue on the Islas del Rosario will run around $8 USD (or 25,000 pesos). If you find yourself on Isla Grande, there’s a private bird sanctuary which doesn’t charge for admission, but a small contribution to care for the feathered friends is encouraged.
Rentals: If you didn’t bring along your mask, snorkel and fins, you can usually rent these on the beach and on some of the islands. On beaches like the Playa Blanca, you’ll see beach chairs, umbrellas and cabanas available for a small fee on the white, sandy shores.
Hostels: Again on Playa Blanca, you may want to visit some of the local hostels for some fine food and rest. Even though you won’t be spending the night, you can still rent shaded hammock on the shore for the afternoon and have access to the restrooms and restaurant.
Free Fortresses: Again, depending on your destination, you might want to cruise past Boca Chica near the open sea and check out the 18th century Spanish fortresses of San Rafael and San Fernando.
While credit cards are commonly accepted in the much larger locations on the mainland, especially at restaurants and hotels, you’ll need to carry some cash on the islands. But as you can see from some of the prices mentioned above, you’ll be able to easily plan and budget for a great day on your ocean getaway.