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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!

Celele by Proyecto chefs Jaime Rodríguez and Sebastián Pinzón

Celele by Proyecto Caribe Lab – Restaurant

Award-Winning Experimental Cuisine Based on Centuries of Tradition Cartagena has become a haven for chefs with something to prove. The gustatory scene in this tiny Caribbean hideaway is unlike anything you'll find anywhere else in the World, and it's evolving every day with new additions, unique fusions, and experimental offerings to tempt even the pickiest tastebuds. As a foodie’s paradise, Cartagena is…

Andrés Cartagena

Andrés Carne de Res opens as “Andrés Cartagena”

Andrés Carne de Res Opened Location in Cartagena and is calling it “Andrés Cartagena” Partiers and foodies alike have something to rejoice about when they are planning their next vacation or long weekend trip to Cartagena—Andrés has just opened a new location here! This Gastro-bar recently opened in Cartagena in the El Centro Comercial La Serrezuela Mall in the Old City and…

Group Travel to Cartagena

Groups Traveling to Cartagena

Family, Friends and Groups Traveling to Cartagena: Why Renting a Home is the Way to Go Cartagena is a wonderfully romantic city by the sea that offers a little something for everyone. Cartagena is a cultural nexus. You'll find fantastic nightlife. A fascinating blend of musical entertainment, a vibrant restaurant scene with local and world influences, and a thriving art scene that…

Tips When Visiting the Old City of Cartagena

Tips: Old City of Cartagena

Don't Skip the Street Vendors in Cartagena You might be tempted to spend all your travel money in the glitzy shops you'll find lining high-trafficked streets, or at those cutesy little boutiques, you'll discover peeking out of the most peculiar places. While some of the stuff you'll spot is mass-produced elsewhere, you'll also find some beautiful textiles, metal, and stone jewelry, and…

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…

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…

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