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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!

El Arsenal The Rum Box Bar and Restaurant

El Arsenal The Rum Box Bar & Restaurant

Chilled out Vibe, with Music & Amazing Drinks in Getsemani Regularly listed as one of the best cocktail bars in Cartagena, El Arsenal: The Rum Box sets itself apart from run-of-the-mill bars in Cartagena in so many ways. From the recreated authentic ambiance, to the delicious creations from the culinary staff, to the amazingly friendly waitstaff, you won't find a place that…

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How Safe is it Travel to Cartagena

How Safe is Travel to Cartagena Colombia?

The Only Risk is Not Wanting to Leave Traveling to Cartagena and visiting the tourist locations, especially the well-traveled areas of the Old City is perfectly safe. Cartagena has positioned itself high up on the rankings of tourist hotspots in the Caribbean with a flourishing gustatory scene, amazing cultural exhibitions, and historic sightseeing opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. In fact,…

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Boticario Bar Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel

Boticario Bar

Unique Cocktails with a Killer View Sitting atop the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Hotel, the Boticario Bar is one of Cartagena’s old city's most unique hangouts and takes the city's chill vibe to the next level. This sophisticated open-air bar has been expertly styled to create an oasis of calm with a view to die for. Peer out over Cartagena as the…

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Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is located on the beautiful Tierra Bomba Island

Eteka Slow Beach Lounge

Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is a Semi-Private Beach Escape Just Minutes from Cartagena Just minutes away from the hustle and bustle at the heart of Cartagena, Colombia is an oasis of calm and connection to nature that can help weary travelers reset their inner alignment and refresh for a day (or more). Eteka Slow Beach Lounge is a semi-private getaway on an…

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Flyboarding

How to Flyboard in Cartagena If you love watersports but are looking for something a little more athletic than snorkeling and something a little more exciting than ocean kayaking, flyboarding may be for you. Imagine strapping a jetpack to your feet and flying high above the ocean. For beginners, the experience of hovering a dozen feet or so above the waves is…

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Club de Pesca Restaurant

Club de Pesca Restaurant

Traditional Elegance in an Amazing Restaurant Setting If you're looking for a bit of traditional elegance in Cartagena, Club de Pesca Restaurant is the place for you. Built in 1956 atop Fort San Sebastian del Pastelillo (itself built in the 1700s), this restaurant takes full advantage of the gorgeous views and amazing open-air ambiance of its location. And, unlike many of the…

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Best Wedding Venues

Best Wedding Receptions

Wedding Reception Ideas Your destination wedding in Cartagena deserves a reception that's every bit as romantic, as grand, and as unforgettable as the ceremony itself. Thankfully, there's a picturesque reception venue on nearly every street corner in the Old Walled City of Cartagena. These locations offer everything you might need to make your guests comfortable (and a little bit envious) while you…

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Weather in Cartagena

Weather in Cartagena

Cartagena Colombia Weather The Cartagena monthly weather makes anytime the best time to visit. The temperature in Cartagena, Colombia rarely changes. Cartagena weather feels like it’s hot—in the high eighties—and mostly sunny all year long with occasional clouds in the bright blue sky. This makes Cartagena the perfect vacation spot for those escaping the cold and snow back home. The weather in…

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Cartagena Sunset Sail Cruises

Romantic Sunset Sailing in Cartagena

Sunset Sailing Evening Cruises in Cartagena Cartagena is a city of romance and passion—the ultimate distillation of the Colombian spirit. By day, the beautiful people flock to the beaches or head for the yachts and charter cruises into the Rosario Islands. By night, the city comes alive with the sound of music, the sway of Spanish dancing, and the scents of food…

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Mangrove Tours

Excursions to the Mangroves

For Thousands of Years the Mangroves have Served as a Natural Protection Not every boat tour in Cartagena involves white sandy beaches and the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. If you're a nature lover and want to see something truly spectacular, the mangroves are for you. This secluded, shaded forest of lush greenery sprouts right up from the salty ocean water…

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Same-sex Marriages in Cartagena

Same-sex Marriages in Cartagena

Same-sex Marriages in Cartagena Cartagena has long been a wedding destination for straight and Same-sex Marriages. People come not only from all over Colombia but all over the world as well to be married under the Caribbean Sun. Whether those couples come for the ultimate beach wedding or just want their union to be close to a glorious honeymoon destination in this…

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Horse Riding on the Beaches of Cartagena

Horse Riding on the Beaches of Cartagena

Horse Riding on the Beaches of Cartagena Food, music, scenery and more bring thousands of vacationers to Cartagena every year but the one thing that is a true "must-see" are the beaches of Cartagena and the surrounding islands. And while it's true that the beaches of Cartagena bring out the beautiful people, if you're looking to do more than just lounge in…

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Pink Sea in Cartagena

Pink Sea in Cartagena (El Salar de Galerazamba)

Colombia's Pink Sea El Salar de Galerazamba You've heard of the Black Sea, the Red Sea, and maybe even the Dead Sea but have you ever heard of the Pink Sea? Most people haven't. In fact, it's one of the best-kept secrets in Cartagena. Just an hour's ride from the center of the city, there's an amazing spectacle that vacationers (especially those…

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