Long Weekend Retreat to Cartagena
Cartagena is a vibrant tropical city full of beautiful colorful and historic buildings that make for dreamy backdrops. Located on the Caribbean Sea, this UNESCO World Heritage Site makes for a quick trip from the East coast, great for a weekend with your friends or significant other. There is something for everyone whether you want to relax by the pool, indulge in a spa treatment, eat amazing food or take a day trip by boat to Rosario Island.
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Where to stay in Cartagena
Charleston Santa Teresa Cartagena
Colonial-style hotel overlooking the Caribbean Sea known for its colorful rooms with a restaurant, cafe and eatery.
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Casa San Agustín
If you are looking for luxury, Cartagena has no better hotel than Casa San Agustin to unwind and pamper yourself.
$100 USD resort / hotel credit.
Complimentary full breakfast for two.
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Tcherassi Hotel + Spa
A 250 year old colonial mansion comes to life in the heart of Cartagena's old city in fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi's first hotel.
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Things to do in Cartagena
Watch the sunset from "Las Murallas de Cartagena". Finished in 1796 these stone walls took almost 2 centuries to construct. Walk the walls and enjoy the scenic views.
Indulge in a spa treatment at Tcherassi Hotel & Spa. Colombian fashion designer Sylvia Tcherassi laced her elegant aesthetic in the renovated 250 year old mansion. Spa treatments are rooted in a holistic approach and will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and pampered.
Take a Zumba class - find a local instructor and get shaking with your pals.
Rent a bike and sightsee.
Check out the historic buildings in Plaza Santo Domingo.
Go shopping and pick up a locally made Wayuu Mochila bag.
Places to eat & drink in Cartagena
María - Bogotá-born chef Alejandro Ramirez is a culinary great after years of studying under Daniel Boulud, Donjuán
La Vitrola - Meaning "jukebox" in English is a vibrant Cuban restaurant and an institution in Cartagena
La Cevichería - Take advice from Anthony Bourdain and check this place out.
Mila - Great for breakfast/brunch or an amazing pastry.
Gelateria Paradiso or La Paleteria - Cool down with a sweet treat.
Grab an fresh arepa on the street.
Café Del Mar - Grab a drink and watch the sunset from this bar atop the walls around the city.
Hotel Charleston Santa Teresa or Alma - Dreamy locations for a lovely spot to post up with a cocktail.
Go on a day trip to Islas del Rosario or Isla del Sol. Book a tour to get transportation by boat, drinks and lunch.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Diana Morales's guide, Three Days to Discover Cartagena.
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