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News, Articles, Photos, and Insider Tips showing the very best of what Cartagena offers

We welcome you to explore all the best that the Cartagena Blog offers. Here you’ll find the information you need to plan the perfect vacation in our beautiful and historic city by the sea. These insider tips will help you make the best of your time away and feature a little bit of everything for everyone. You will find updates about the best times of the year to visit Cartagena, highlighted local hotspots and attractions across the city and islands, upcoming featured events and seasonal celebrations, and even spotlighted rental properties in Cartagena’s old city.

Cartagena has so much to offer: sun and sea; spectacular shopping; world-class eateries; historic forts, cathedrals, ruins, and living history left over from colonial and pirate days. It might be difficult for a first-time traveler to pick and choose. That’s why we’ve created this blog to showcase the best of “The Key to the West Indies.”

Looking for relaxed luxury? An exciting adventure? A trip into the past? Cartagena awaits!

Is a vacation in Cartagena expensive?

Luxurious Caribbean Vacations It can be challenging to come to terms with its financial aspect when it comes to justifying a luxurious Caribbean vacation, especially when you consider all of your day-to-day expenses. And while we expect to spend a significant chunk of change on a vacation getaway, nobody likes being taken advantage of, and most of us enjoy finding a good…

Bora Bora Beach Club

The Bora Bora Beach Club

Bora Bora Beach Club - Chill Island Oasis If you’re looking for an authentic club experience under the golden Caribbean sun while vacationing in Cartagena, look no further than the Bora Bora Beach Club. This chic island oasis is a full-service beach club designed especially for the young and beautiful crowd. The beverages flow as the dance music takes you away from…

Where is Cartagena Colombia?

Where is Cartagena Colombia?

Where is Cartagena, Colombia? If you've never thought of vacationing in Cartagena, you may be asking yourself: where is Cartagena, Colombia? All the tourist information you're seeing is telling you it's a tropical Caribbean and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South America. Cartagena is part of Colombia—a country most people associate with jungles, coffee, high-fashion urban areas like…

Best Beaches Near Cartagena

Best Beaches Near Cartagena

75 Miles of Beaches What would a trip to a Caribbean Paradise be without a day (or more) at the beach? Sun, sand, surf, and maybe even a few tropical drinks thrown in for good measure—it’s the perfect way to “waste” a day while vacationing in Cartagena. And with nearly 75 miles of beaches within easy travelling distance of the urban heart…

The History of Catalina de Indias

Catalina de Indias - The Symbol of Spanish Colonial Cartagena She's become something of a tragic heroine in the history of Colombia but few outside Cartagena know the story behind this iconic woman. Her real name is lost to history but India Catalina (as she was called after being catholicized by Spanish Conquistadores) stands out--much like Pocahontas or Sacajawea in North America--as…

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When is the best time to visit Cartagena?

When is perfect time to visit Cartagena? Sounds like you're interested in our beautiful Cartagena! - It's a popular destination among tourists because of its history, charm, beaches and sunshine. The best months to visit Cartagena are December through to September. In October and November, accommodation is greatly reduced due to the warm showers of the rainy season . So, when is…

How Safe is it Travel to Cartagena

How safe is Cartagena for a vacation?

How safe is Cartagena? The clue or proof is 'in the pudding'. Colombia has seen a significant increase in tourism over the last few years. The growing popularity of tourist destinations like Cartagena has grown exponentially. The tourism industry's revenue has increased by 1.5 billion dollars since 2015 and continues to expand. One of the biggest fears for tourists visiting Colombia is…

Old City Wall Cartagena

Old City Wall

Cartagena's Fortified Old City Cartagena's Fortified Old City is the best-preserved colonial city in Latin America. The walled city was constructed in the sixteenth century by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Heredia, named Cartagena de Indias, after his birthplace in Spain. Located on Colombia's Caribbean coast, the city has since served as an important port for trade between Europe and South America,…

Rosario Islands

The Rosario Islands near Cartagena

The Rosario Islands – Paradise Minutes Away from Cartagena While it’s easy to get distracted by the vibrant culture and historic charm of Spanish Colonial Cartagena, you can’t overlook the natural beauty of the bright blue waters, golden sands, and lush tropical vegetation that surround this gem of the Caribbean. Hands-down, one of the best places to visit while in Cartagena are…

Cande Restaurant

Cande Restaurant

Cartagena’s Most “Traditional” Restaurant There are a lot of wonderful places to eat in Cartagena. In fact, as the city continues to grow and reinvent itself it has become something of a gastronomic tourist destination with international chefs coming from all over the world to showcase their unique takes on world cuisine. However, at least one restaurant is dedicated to staying true…

La Perla Restaurant

Best Restaurants in Cartagena Old City

Top Restaurants in Cartagena that are a must Looking for the best restaurants in Cartagena? With a myriad of restaurants in Cartagena, this historic city has become truly modern when it comes to the cuisine on offer. Indeed, Cartagena has become something of a destination for foodies and restaurateurs with interesting and exciting visions of what authentic food should really be. The…

History of Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias)

Cartagena History: A City with a Story to Tell Discover the rich and bloody history of the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ Spanish conquistadors, pirates, battles and siege – the City of Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena) has a dark and tumultuous history that involved fighting for Colombia’s independence - there’s so much to see and learn about our beautiful city by the sea!…

Mar Y Zielo Gastro

Mar Y Zielo Gastro Bar

Experience the Cartagena Gustatory Scene Cartagena is the perfect Spanish city for romantic getaways. Even if you can only stay for a long weekend, the history, the beauty, the passion of the seaside city will infuse every moment you spend here with that undefinable magic that makes memories unforgettable. The sun, the surf, the beautiful people—it is the stuff of dreams. But…

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