4 Days in Cartagena, Colombia

I spent 4 days in Cartagena, and had the time of my life. Below is everything to see, eat and do in Colombia's walled beach town of Cartagena. 

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Fast Facts

Best Time to Visit: 

You can travel year-round to the coast since the weather rarely changes

Transportation:

Cartagena is highly walkable, but bonus points for having Uber.

Weather + SUNBURN:

Temps range from low 80s to 100s at the hottest time of day. High chance of getting burnt, plan indoor/shaded activities between 12-3pm

$ Currency:

Peso $

Electric:

US type/110-volt, no need to pack a converter


Where to Stay

Bastion Luxury Hotel

Luxury hotel with a great rooftop pool. The rooms have high ceilings, shuttered windows, and powerful A/C that will keep you cool during the hot nights. The concierge is helpful and will change your money for you. The breakfast is fantastic.

Hotel Casa San Agustin

The hotel boasts private pools with suites, great concierge service, great location near shops and a rooftop massages. There is a great restaurant and bar in the hotel. Concierge will be able to book you a boat for the day, and that isn't easy!

 

Where to Eat

La Cevicheria + El Boliche Cebichería

The freshest seafood I have had is here, so eat as much ceviche as you can. I had lunch and dinner at these two restaurants. 

La Vitrola, Juan del Mar, and Socorro's

Locals suggested to eat at these places as well

 

Where to Drink

Drinks on top of El Balcon

The balcony overlooks a market, great people watching and interesting decor

Drinks and Dancing Cafe Havana

Live music, salsa, cheap drinks and good company. Walk here in a group

 

what to see and do

Islas de Rosario

Take a boat to see the Islas del Rosario, also referred to as Corales Islas del Rosario. It is an archipelago located off the coast of Colombia. If you are lucky, your boat man will know a guy who will come take your lunch order, and you can have freshly cooked lobster on the boat. Make sure to settle on the price before you get on the boat and have enough cash in advance.

Dance with Locals at Bazurto Social Club

Around the corner from Cafe Havana, you can dance to reggae with the locals and enjoy live music

Rooftop Massage at Hotel Casa San Agustin

A rooftop massage at sunset was under $40 with a healthy tip

 

What to Wear

Neutrals and Textures

Cartagena is full of wonderful colors, so wear muted colors and textures so you don't clash with the backgrounds

 

What to Buy

Woven Bags

Barter for a few in the market. They are hand woven in mass by local women.

Matching Sandals

the market has wonderful sandals

Coffee

You can buy amazing local coffee but the best coffee to bring back comes from the Cafe San Alberto

HatS

don't pack one, buy one from one of the many local men selling hats. Some of them inspired your favorite designers

Where to take a Picture

Murals

The local quarters of Getsemani are littered with street art and murals

colorful streets

Cartagena's residential streets walk around the streets toward the wall, and snap pictures on the street with roads of colorful houses and flowers to match