January 28, 2020

Eteka Beach Hotel: A Caribbean Hidden Gem in Cartagena, Colombia

Hammock under the palm trees at Eteka Beach Lounge

Eteka Beach Hotel is truly a hidden gem in the Caribbean. Located on the island of Tierra Bomba in Cartagena, Colombia, this boutique hotel makes for the perfect destination to escape the hustle and bustle of Cartagena’s city life and unwind.

On arrival to the island, the first thing I noticed was how calm and serene it was. Tierra Bomba is a secluded paradise just a quick water taxi ride away from the mainland.

Eteka Beach welcomes everyone 12 and up and is even pet friendly. Daypass reservations include lunch and a cocktail upon arrival. I remember thinking this hotel would make a perfect destination wedding venue.


Ready for paradise? Here is my overview of staying at Eteka Beach Hotel:

Bohemian-styled fringe hammock in the shade overlooking the Caribbean waters.


Eteka Beach Hotel is located on the island of Tierra Bomba off of Cartagena’s mainland. The island is a short 10-minute boat shuttle ride away.

Getting to Eteka Beach

To get out to the island of Tierra Bomba, you will need to take a speedboat (locally referred to as lanchas). These boats depart from behind the Nuevo Hospital Bocagrande located in Bocagrande, Cartagena. If you are traveling from the walled city, hop on a bus headed to Bocagrande or Castillogrande.

Behind the hospital there will be several different shuttle services – You will need to find the group with a sign for Eteka Beach.

The boat shuttle is free for hotel guests and daypass goers, and it takes you right up to the shore of the beach lounge of the hotel.

Inside the lobby area of the hotel features more bohemian patterns and prints, hanging wicker lights, floor pillows, and handmade carved wooden furniture.

The Rooms

Eteka Beach is a small boutique hotel and offers 3 different room types – Standard, Junior Suite, and the Sea View Suite.

I opted to stay in the Standard room, and some of my favorite features the room came with were the outdoor shower and air conditioning. (The humidity was real.)

Each room includes daily breakfast during your stay, as well as the boat transfer service to get to and from the island.

Eteka Beach- Tierra Bomba hotel in Cartagena, Colombia

Eteka Beach Hotel & Lounge Amenities

Beach Lounge

The slow beach lounge is the main attraction at Eteka Beach and provides everything you need to relax under the sun. The lounge itself is spacious, on the sand, and features cozy and modern bohemian decor.

Relax under a teepee, find a hammock swinging between the palm trees, or head up to the treehouse for an even better view of the Caribbean.

There’s a rooftop deck above the main lobby that features hammocks and a perfect space to do some morning yoga overlooking the ocean.

Day Spa

On the second day of my visit I opted to get a massage at the hotel’s day spa. The spa offers a wide variety of massages, facials, and rituals to help you release stress and reconnect the mind with the body.

Food & Drink

In addition to the included breakfast with your stay, Eteka Beach offers lunch and dinner options from their onsite restaurant.

The menu mostly consists of fresh fruit, seafood and cocktails – And all can even be served to you as you lounge in the sand on the beach or in a hammock under the palm trees.

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I’m a solo traveler & photographer based in Southern California, on a mission to explore the world and inspire you to do the same.


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