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Castillo Grande

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Big Castle

Castillo Grande (Calle 5ª, Cartagena) – this is another major beach at Cartagena. The difference between this one (versus Boca Grande), is that Castillo Grande has been an enclave for the city’s wealthier residents. Many have profited from spectacular development in recent years with two-level houses giving way to 50-story condominiums. At the turn of the century, the tallest building had six floors, but an unprecedented boom in beachfront property has given this part of town a more vertical Miami feel to it. Due to protection from the currents of the Caribbean in the form of an underwater wall, built to keep English pirates out, the waters are a little calmer than those in Boca Grande but the sea isn’t as clean as you might like thanks to the activities of the port. As a result of the more residential feel there are less immediate options for lunch, another reason that gives the beach a more laidback family vibe.