Going for a boat ride, watching a beautiful Caribbean sunset, they are both top activities in Cartagena. But they are even better combined! Read on for my review of enjoying the sunset cruise on the Catamaran San Juan in Cartagena, a terrific way to do so.

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Photo of a girl watching the sunset from the deck of the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena.
It’s hard to beat the sunset aboard a boat! Read on to learn how to enjoy it aboard the Cartagena Catamaran San Juan.

San Juan Bahía Sunset Cruise Review

Why do a sunset cruise on the Catamaran San Juan?

Two of the funnest things to do in Cartagena are undoubtedly doing a boat day in the Rosario Islands or in party spot Cholón and enjoying the sunset over the Caribbean. There’s a number of good sunset watching spots in Cartagena, but why not combine a fun boat ride and an amazing view of the sunset?

You can do that on a sunset cruise in Cartagena’s bay. There are a number of sunset boat tours in Cartagena’s bay, some on bigger boats, some on smaller ones. The newest, and dare I say one of the best sunset cruises in Cartagena is on the San Juan Catamaran.

Photo of the sunset over Cartagena bay as seen from the Catamaran San Juan.
The view of the sunset over the Caribbean just beyond the entrance to the bay is one of the very best in the city, and the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena is the newest sunset cruise going to see it.

They were nice enough to invite Susana and I to join one of their first trips in exchange for sharing our experience. Full disclosure, we were given free admission, but did pay for our food, and well, we really enjoyed it and are already talking about happily paying and going back with friends!

Read on to learn what to expect and what we loved about the San Juan Catamaran sunset cruise in Cartagena.

Photo of the San Juan Catamaran Cartagena parked at the dock.
The San Juan Catamaran Cartagena parked just across from the Clocktower by the Convention Center, its departure point.

San Juan Catamaran Sunset Cruise – What to Expect

The boat is a long and skinny catamaran, different from many catamarans you see. The main covered deck has several large booths along each side with a bar in the central back area, an open area that can double as a dance floor in the middle, and a great front deck where you can hang out and enjoy the beautiful sunset.

During the approximately 2 hour ride, the boat heads out from Cartagena’s central bay just across from the Clocktower and San Pedro Claver Church to the outer part of Cartagena’s bay, where you can see the sun set over the Bocagrande entrance. It always goes at a nice relaxed speed and is large enough you’ll never feel any waves.

Photo of a couple on the deck of the Catamaran San Juan in Cartagena with the sun setting behind them.
As you head out towards the entrance to the bay on the Cartagena Catamaran San Juan, you’ll see the sun start its descent behind the buildings of Bocagrande.

You get some great views of the historic buildings of Getsemaní on one side and the more modern skyscrapers of Bocagrande and Castillogrande with the sun starting to descent behind them on the other. Once reaching the outer bay, you get to watch the sun finish its descent over the Caribbean beyond the island of Tierra Bomba. It’s one of the prettiest sunsets you can see in Cartagena.

During the tour, there is an open bar for mojitos, rum punches, and Cuba libres. There are also finger food style appetizers available to snack on during the trip. The return trip after the sun goes down is an especially good time to enjoy them. Of course, it’s also a good chance to do a bit of dancing, and the view of the historic city lit up as you approach it from the water is gorgeous.

Photo of 3 people on the deck of the Cartagena Catamaran San Juan with the sunset behind them.
The view of the sunset is undoubtedly the highlight here, but read on to see what else we liked about the San Juan Catamaran sunset cruise in Cartagena.

What We Liked

We really loved the set up of the boat. We did another sunset cruise on the Sibarita Express a while back that was similar and also had an open bar. It was nice, but San Juan Catamaran just felt nicer and, in particular, less crowded.

The booths feel private and are really comfortable with sofa style 3 side wrap around seating along with a bench. While you could probably seat up to 12 or maybe even more people in a group here, all the groups on our boat were relatively small.

Photo of a girl sitting at one of the tables on the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena.
The booths on the San Juan Catarmaran in Cartagena are nice and spacious and not only could seat a large group but give the boat a feeling of not being very crowded.
Photo of the main deck area of the San Juan Catamaran Cartagena.
The Cartagena San Juan Catamaran has a nice layout with the booths lining the sides and a small bar towards the back.
Photo of the front deck on the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena.
The front deck on the Cartagena Catamaran San Juan is the perfect spot to watch the sun set!

The drinks were also ver good. It’s rare you get a mojito as part of an open bar. We liked the rum punch a bit more though, and well, we didn’t try to Cuba libre but I’m sure it was good.

Also, it’s worth noting that even though it has an open bar, I’d consider this to have felt very family friendly. With the exception of like 3 songs on the way back where they turned the music up a just bit and encouraged people to dance, it was mostly a pretty relaxed atmosphere.

We also were impressed with the food. We had the BBQ chicken nachos, which were tasty came with some solid guac and sour cream, and the calamari, which were well seasoned and came with some really tasty roasted garlic sauce. I also thought the food prices were very reasonable. They make for a great pre-dinner snack to go with the sunset.

Photo of a table with two plates of food and two drinks.
We loved our calamari and chicken nachos to go along with the open bar of rum punch, mojitos, and Cuba libres aboard the sunset cruise of the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena.

Overall, we really had a nice time, and I would highly recommend the Catamaran San Juan for your own Cartagena sunset cruise.

Ready to enjoy the San Juan Catamaran yourself?

Book your sunset cruise on the San Juan Catamaran by contacting them via their Instagram, emailing them at [email protected], or via call or WhatsApp to 312-709-6999.

Photo of the sunset over the water and an island in the background.
One last shot of the beautiful sunset you’ll see aboard the sunset cruise on the San Juan Catamaran in Cartagena.

If you do go, I hope you found this review helpful and even more importantly, you have a great time!

Cheers and Happy Exploring Sailing!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Gene

    Looks great!
    What’s the price of the tour?
    (Instagram link does not work)

    1. Hi Gene. I prefer not to quote prices here since they are subject to change. Hmm, in Instagram if you search from them their account name is sanjuanbahia. I’m going to check the link now, it’s possible I messed it up.

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