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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!


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…

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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 significantly. 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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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