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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!

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, it can be difficult to find the perfect one for you! Thankfully, there’s always something for everyone.This historic city has become truly modern when it comes to the cuisine on offer. Indeed, Cartagena has become something of a destination for…

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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!…

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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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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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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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