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Welcome to the Cartagena Blog, where you can find all the information you need to plan the perfect vacation in our beautiful and historic city by the sea. Our insider tips will help you make the most of your time away, with a little something for everyone. You’ll find updates on the best times to visit Cartagena, local hotspots and attractions, upcoming events and celebrations, and featured rental properties in the old city. Cartagena has so much to offer, from sunny beaches and world-class dining to historic forts, cathedrals, and ruins dating back to colonial and pirate times. Whether you’re looking for relaxed luxury, an exciting adventure, or a trip into the past, Cartagena has something for everyone. Explore the best of “The Key to the West Indies” with us.

Doña Lola

Doña Lola Restaurant

A Feast for the Eyes They say that a meal is consumed not only by the mouth but by all senses. In this, Doña Lola is a shining example. Set in the heart of one of the most beautiful buildings in the Getsemani district of Cartagena, Doña Lola was created by designer Ignacio Garcia to wow guests before they even step through…

Colombia, South America

Colombia – Top Vacation Destination

Columbia Is the Number One Travel Hotspot in South America The international community finally understands what locals have known—Colombia is a fantastic place. With beautiful, friendly people, excellent food, and stunningly beautiful destinations like Medellin and Cartagena, it's no wonder millions of people are flocking to Colombia when it comes time to get away from the everyday. Colombia has long been known…

Club Havanna Cartagena

Getsemani District: Cartagena’s Most Vibrant Neighborhood

Getsemaní: Cartagena's Most Colorful Neighborhood Cartagena, Colombia, is a popular tourist destination for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture. One of the city's most charming and historic neighborhoods is Getsemani, which has become increasingly popular among travelers in recent years with colonial-style buildings, street vendors selling local food and crafts, and lively bars and clubs. This guide will provide all…

Food in Cartagena – Culinary Heritage

Food in Cartagena – Culinary Heritage

Discovering the Flavors of Cartagena: A Guide to Colombian Cuisine The food in Cartagena differs from other parts of Colombia. While you’ll find similarities in ingredients and traditional dishes, each region of Colombia has its unique spin on the culinary arts. In Cartagena, spices and seasonings play a significant role in adding flavor to dishes, reflecting the city’s Afro-Caribbean heritage. You’ll also…

Uma Restaurant Cartagena

Colombian Fusion at Uma Restaurant

Uma Restaurant in the Old City Uma restaurant is located in the historic old city of Cartagena and offers a unique blend of traditional Colombian fare with a modern twist. The menu features a variety of dishes that showcase the flavors of Colombia, as well as signature cocktails made with locally-sourced ingredients and tropical flair.

People attending the Hay Festival in Cartagena, Colombia

2023 Annual Hay Festival

The 18th Annual Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias The Hay Festival returns to Cartagena, Colombia, for three exciting days in January (January 26-29) 2023. This annual event is in its 18th edition and will feature over 180 authors from 21 countries. There is no other event like the annual Hay Festival. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with some of…

Mila bakery and coffee shop

Mila Bakery and Coffee Shop

Cozy Atmosphere and Delicious Baked Goods at Mila Bakery Mila Bakery is a popular spot in the heart of the historic old city center of Cartagena, Colombia. As soon as you step inside, you'll be greeted by the friendly staff and drawn in by the cozy, rustic atmosphere. Exposed brick walls, wooden tables and chairs, and an open kitchen all contribute to…

Cartagena Xmas 2022

Holiday Season 2022-2023

Holiday Season Ideas 2022-2023 in Cartagena During the holiday season, the Old City is adorned with festive decorations and there are many events and activities that take place. Some popular activities include visiting the city's historical landmarks, and exploring the vibrant local markets, and participating in traditional holiday festivals and parades. You can also enjoy a variety of holiday-themed events and activities,…

Majagua Beach Restaurant

Majagua Restaurant in the Islands

Visit Majagua Restaurant Majagua Restaurant is a laid-back restaurant with bar service right on the beach of the beautiful Playa Sol on Isla Grande in the Rosario Islands. Built-in a kitschy Caribbean style with a palm frond thatched roof and access straight into the sand surrounded by a tropical forest, you wouldn't expect this restaurant to be one of the best examples…

Pirate Ship Sunset Cruise Cartagena Colombia

Pirate Ship Sunset Boat Tours

Pirate Ship Sunset Cruise from Cartagena Harbor If you’ve been planning your vacation in Cartagena for any time now, it should be no surprise that this city is full of adventure and the kind of history they make movies about. Cartagena was once the center of the Spanish Empire in the South American Caribbean and the hub of the gold and emerald…

La Santa Guadalupe Gourmet Mexican Restaurant

La Santa Guadalupe

La Santa Guadalupe Gourmet Mexican Restaurant in Cartagena Cartagena is a unique Spanish Colonial city that's bathed in history. However, most authentic local cuisine has heavy Colombian and Caribbean influences that often overpower the Spanish dishes' roots. That doesn't mean you can't find other cuisines when vacationing in Cartagena. This city has one of the most ethnically diverse gastronomy scenes in South…

Namaste Beach Club

Namaste Beach Club

Namaste Beach Club in Tierra Bomba—Closest to the Heart of Cartagena! The beaches and the sea around Cartagena, Colombia, are some of the area's best assets, but as tourism grows, it's a struggle to maintain that pristine beauty that draws so many people here. Namaste Beach Club offers the best of both worlds—a private beach club getaway for people vacationing in Cartagena…

Buena Vida Marisqueria Rooftop Restaurant in Cartagena

Buena Vida Marisqueria Rooftop

Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge in a Hip Latin Setting It's not often that a restaurant in Cartagena can go above and beyond others in the city. The Old City of Cartagena has solidly placed itself among the top with a wide array of cuisines on offer and an ever-growing number of eateries, gastro pubs, and fine dining establishments populating the Walled City…

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