Don't Miss This Stop in Cartagena
From the Caribbean seafood to the rich history within the Walled City, Cartagena is impossible not to fall in love with. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of curating two experiences to this destination, each including a day exploring San Basilio de Palenque. I love this deep dive into the history of Cartagena that allows travelers to connect with its past in a meaningful way.
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Where to stay in Cartagena
Hyatt Regency Cartagena
Upscale seaside hotel with sandy beaches flanked by promenades, plus casinos and global dining.
$100 hotel / resort credit.
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Bastión Luxury Hotel
Luxe property within the walled city with upmarket rooms and suites.
VIP welcome amenity.
InterContinental Cartagena de Indias, an IHG Hotel
Modern property with luxe rooms offering views of the Castillogrande bay and Caribbean Sea.
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Things to do in Cartagena
San Basilio de Palenque
Plan a day to take a tour and learn about the first “free town” for Africans in the Americans.
Island Hopping Boat Day
Spend a day sailing to the Rosario Islands, sail past one of Pablo Escobar’s homes and party at the island of Cholon.
Bathe in a Mud Volcano
Soak in Totumo Mud Volcano and reap the benefits and enjoy an optional massage.
Roam the Walled City
The Walled City is full of charm and there’s so much to explore.
Experience the Nightlife
The nightlife is unmatched. If you’re looking to get out, you have a variety of bars to choose from.
Enjoy the Latin Caribbean Cuisine
With so many options to choose from, the restaurant scene is unforgettable.
Check out Getsemani
The neighborhood of Getsemani is full of colorful wall art you can’t miss.
From the malls to boutiques, Cartagena is the perfect place to shop.
San Basilio de Palenque is definitely worth the day trip. Known as the first ‘free town’ for Africans in America, learn the history within this Unesco-declared town. On this cultural, interactive journey, you’ll learn a little bit of the native language, have the chance to dance and try new foods.
Places to eat & drink in Cartagena
Mistura - If you love sushi, you’ll love this restaurant.
Buena Vista - After your meal, head up to their rooftop bar.
La Vieja Guardia Fish & Beer - A small and quaint dining experience.
Mar y Zielo - If you’re looking for a bougie dining experience, this will be it!
La Mulata - A top-rated and delicious homestyle restaurant.
Cande - An immersive dining experience with live music.
Alquimico - One of the most notable multi-level bars in the city serving amazing craft cocktails.
Cafe Del Mar - A bar with a view. Perfect for sunset.
Delirium - Known for playing the perfect combo of hip-hip and reggaeton tunes.
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