Cartagena Colombia Bucket List: 42 Top Things to Do

Looking for a colorful destination with adventure, culture and delicious food? Then Cartagena (Cartagena de Indias), Colombia should definitely be on your bucket list.

This vibrant city, also known as the ‘Walled City’ or the ‘Heroic City’, is steeped in history, tradition, and stunning architecture. Its colorful buildings, cobbled streets, and bustling plazas make it a photographer’s paradise, while its lively nightlife and delicious cuisine will satisfy any traveler.

But with so many things to do in Cartagena, where do you start? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. From exploring ancient fortresses to sipping on fresh coconuts, here are our top picks for the best things to do in Cartagena.

42 Things to See and Do in Cartagena Colombia

The Best Activities and Top Things To Do in Cartagena, Colombia

1. Get a Picture With the Colorful Las Palenqueras (Fruit Sellers)

If you’re walking around the streets of Cartagena, you’ll likely come across the vibrant Las Palenqueras, fruit sellers who wear brightly colored dresses and carry baskets of tropical fruits on their heads. These women are descendants of the Palenqueros, a group of Afro-Colombians who escaped slavery in the 17th century and founded their own community outside of Cartagena, at San Basilio de Palenque.

Today, the Las Palenqueras are an iconic symbol of the city, and they’re happy to pose for photos and chat with visitors. And since this is how they make their living, any tips you can give them is greatly appreciated (typically around 5000-10000 pesos or $1-$2).

Annette with Las Palenqueras

2. Drink Craft Cocktails at Alquimico Bar

Did you know that Cartagena is home to one of the top 50 best bars in the world? You heard that right!

Enter Alquimico, a popular cocktail bar located in the city’s historic center. Housed in a beautifully restored colonial building, the bar has a sophisticated and eclectic atmosphere with a mix of indoor and rooftop seating areas. There’s actually 3 levels and each features a different specialized menu (we drank on floor 2).

Though each floor has their own featured menu, you can still get any drink anywhere which features a wide range of cocktails, including creative twists on classic recipes and original concoctions (the “Inquisition” is a must-try!). 

Alquimico is also known for its high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients and innovative presentation, making it a must-visit destination for any cocktail enthusiast visiting Cartagena

3. Take Pics Under the Umbrellas (Callejón Angosto and Calle de la Magdalena!)

Two of the most Instagram-worthy spots in Cartagena are the narrow streets of Callejón Angosto and Calle de la Magdalena at Barrio Getsemani, which are adorned with colorful umbrellas that create a whimsical canopy overhead. These photo ops are not to be missed, especially during golden hour when the sunlight illuminates the umbrellas in a magical way.

Annette Take Pics Under the Umbrellas

4. Escape to a Beach Club on the Islas del Rosario

One of the most popular things to do in Cartagena is to escape for the day to a beach club, and the Islas del Rosario (Rosario Islands) is the place to do it! This group of 27+ islands are known for their crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs, and beautiful beach clubs.

Islas del Rosario

From public to more private ones, the beach clubs on Islas del Rosario offer a variety of amenities, including loungers, umbrellas, and delicious cocktails. Some of the best beach clubs you can check out include Bora Bora, Pao Pao, and Gente de Mar Resort. 

These day clubs offer breathtaking views, fun water activities (like kayaking), groovy beats, delicious food, and a relaxed atmosphere that will make you feel like you’ve escaped to paradise.

Be aware that many of these clubs require taking a boat to them and the waters can be quite choppy (mostly on the return).

Isla Baru

5. Ogle the Picturesque Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria

Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria, also known as the Cartagena Cathedral, is a stunning church located in the heart of the city’s historic center. The cathedral was built in the 16th century and is considered to be one of the oldest and most important religious sites in the country.

This iconic landmark will draw you in with its unique combination of pink, white, and yellow colors. And on the inside, its simple design is decorated with stone-carved stations of the cross at the nave and statues of four saints near the main door.

Catedral Santa Catalina de Alejandria

6. Take in the Street Art in Barrio Getsemani

Barrio Getsemani is one of Cartagena’s most vibrant and bohemian neighborhoods, and it’s home to some of the city’s most impressive street art. As you wander through its colorful streets, you’ll come across murals and graffiti that reflect the city’s history, culture, and social issues.

You can find most of the murals at Calle Sierpe, but don’t let that stop you from discovering what the other streets of Getsemani have in store!

Street Art Barrio Getsemani

7. Spot Some Sloths and Monkeys at Parque del Centenario

Located between the Getsemani neighborhood and the historic center (by the clock tower), Parque del Centenario is a beautiful green space that offers a welcome respite from the bustling city. It was built in the early 20th century to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Colombia’s independence. The park has lots of trees, sitting areas, and winding paths with different statues of historic figures dotted along the way.

However, what makes it even more worth the visit are its furry residents: sloths and tamarin monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled on the trees, and there’s a good chance you’ll spot monkeys swinging about from branch to branch and/or the sloths napping up high. Be patient, it took me two visits and many loops around the park to spot them!

8. Get the View From Convento De La Popa

What better way to see Cartagena in all its glory than at the Convento de la Popa? Sitting at the top of the city’s highest hill, the Convento de la Popa is known for its stunning panoramic views of the city and the Caribbean Sea.

Convento De La Popa

The convent’s architecture features a mix of Spanish and indigenous styles, and its interior is decorated with religious art and artifacts (where you can also learn about its history and cultural significance.) Overall, definitely one of the best viewpoints in Cartagena.

P.S. The road leading to Convento de la Popa is steep, narrow, and winding, and goes through one of the city’s less safe neighborhoods, so we recommend hiring a taxi cab to take you to and from the convent. The journey takes around 15-20 minutes, and once you arrive, you’ll need to pay a small entrance fee to get inside for the views.

View From Convento De La Popa

9. Tour the Museo del Oro Zenu

The Museo del Oro Zenu is a small but fascinating museum near Parque de Bolivar, dedicated to showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Zenu (Sinu) indigenous people.

It features an impressive collection of over 600+ gold artifacts, pottery, and other pieces, some of which date back over a thousand years. The museum’s displays are also informative and engaging, providing a glimpse into the traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Zenu people.

While often compared to the much bigger Museo del Oro in Bogota, the Museo del Oro Zenu is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in learning more about Colombia’s indigenous cultures and history.

10. Shop in an Old Bullring (La Serrezuela)

If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience in Cartagena, Colombia, La Serrezuela is the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. Once a historic bullring, this 4-story building has been transformed into a chic shopping destination, featuring a wide variety of upscale shops and boutiques. You’ll find everything from high-end fashion and jewelry to home goods and gourmet food.

Old Bullring La Serrezuela

But La Serrezuela isn’t just a shopping destination – it’s also a culinary haven. On the top floor, you can enjoy a variety of cool dining options while taking in stunning views of the city. 

Even if you don’t want to shop or eat, go to see the remains of the bullring. It is impressive!

11. Visit the Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

The Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver at Plaza de San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia, is a historic church and museum dedicated to the life and legacy of San Pedro Claver, a Jesuit priest who spent his life ministering to enslaved Africans brought to the city during the colonial era. His remains lie in a glass case just under the altar.

The church, which was built in the 17th century, features stunning colonial architecture and houses a collection of religious art and artifacts. Visitors can take a guided tour of the museum to learn about the life of Saint Peter Claver and the role of the church in the history of Cartagena.

 Sanctuary of Saint Peter Claver

12. Drink Cocktails at a Rooftop Bar

If watching sunsets while drinking your favorite cocktail is something you live for, then you better not miss out on the experience at one of the rooftop bars in the Walled City!

Some of the best rooftop bars in Cartagena you should try include Alquimico (unique cocktail mixes), Cafe del Mar (bar on top of the wall, near the sea) Movich Hotel Rooftop (also has a rooftop pool for inhouse guests,) and 51 Sky Bar (the highest bar in Cartagena.)

Whichever rooftop bar you go to, the stunning views of the colorful colonial architecture, the Caribbean Sea, and the tropical sunsets will surely make for an unforgettable experience.

13. Stop by Museo Naval Del Caribe

If you want to delve into Cartagena’s rich naval history, head over to the Museo Naval Del Caribe at the historic Old Town. This museum houses a fascinating collection of maritime artifacts, including model ships, nautical instruments, and paintings.

Visitors can learn about the city’s role in the Spanish colonial period, as well as its importance during the 20th-century republican era. And although nearly everything is in Spanish, you can hire a tour guide to help you learn more about Cartagena’s fascinating naval history.

14. Hang Out at Plaza Santo Domingo

Located in front of a historic church of the same name, at the heart of the walled city, this charming plaza is a great spot to relax, people watch, and enjoy a drink or two.

There are plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants to choose from, and the plaza is surrounded by beautiful colonial architecture. You can also see the famous Botero statue right here.

Plaza Santo Domingo

15. Relax at Playa de Bocagrande

Cartagena’s bustling beachfront neighborhood, Bocagrande, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. The beach is known for its clear, turquoise waters, soft white sand, and plenty of space to sunbathe and relax.

Playa De Bocagrande

You can rent a lounge chair or umbrella from one of the many vendors, or take a dip in the Caribbean Sea. It usually gets crowded, so try to go here early in the morning.

P.S. There are a lot of vendors here, some of which can be persistent about selling their wares (which can get quite annoying, especially if you’re trying to relax.) If you do buy, remember to always bargain.

Playa De Bocagrande

16. Enjoy Some Salsa Clubs – Cafe Havana, Donde Fidel

If you’re a music lover, you can’t miss the opportunity to experience Cartagena’s vibrant salsa scene. Two must-visit salsa clubs are Cafe Havana (a classic watering hole with a lively atmosphere; great mojitos!) and Donde Fidel (a smaller, more intimate venue with a great vibe), where you can dance the night away to live music from local bands. Even if you’re not a great dancer, the lively atmosphere and passionate energy of these clubs make for an unforgettable evening.

17. Stroll Through Plaza de Bolívar

At the heart of Cartagena’s historic old town lies Plaza de Bolívar, a charming public square surrounded by colonial-era buildings. Some of the city’s most important buildings can also be found nearby, including the Palace of the Inquisition and Cartagena Cathedral.

Shaded by beautiful tall trees, it’s the perfect place for a walk, especially in the morning. You can also relax on one of the many benches, people-watch as locals, street performers, and vendors go about their day, or marvel at the impressive statue of Simón Bolívar, one of South America’s most important historical figures.

Plaza de Bolívar

18. Take a Selfie at the Letras de Cartagena (Cartagena Sign)

Located near the entrance to the walled city, this colorful, larger-than-life sign is a popular spot for tourists to take photos. The letters spell out “Cartagena” and are decorated with bright colors and patterns that are typical of the city’s traditional art and architecture.

19. See Templo de Santo Domingo

This beautiful, historical church in front of Plaza Santo Domingo is the oldest in Cartagena (built in 1552!), with a stunning facade featuring intricate carvings and sculptures.

Inside, you can admire the ornate altarpieces and artwork (such as the wood carving of Christ at the right-end aisle) and take a moment to appreciate the peaceful atmosphere.

20. Visit Plaza de San Diego

Plaza de San Diego is a charming square located in the heart of Cartagena’s walled city. Surrounded by colonial-style buildings painted in pastel colors, this plaza is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It’s a great place to sit and people-watch, as well as to enjoy a coffee or a cold drink from one of the cafes that line the square.

The plaza is also home to a community college, the Institución Universitaria Bellas Artes y Ciencias de Bolívar. Its red-washed walls and white linings make for a lovely backdrop for photos. 

21. Stroll Through Mercado de Bazurto

For a true taste of Cartagena’s authentic flavors and bustling atmosphere, head to Mercado de Bazurto. This sprawling market is a sensory overload of sights, sounds, and smells, with vendors selling everything from exotic fruits and seafood to handmade crafts and medicinal herbs. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s a rewarding adventure for adventurous travelers.

A visit here was part of the amazing cooking class at Lunatico, but here are some other top rated tours:

Fish at Bazurto Market

22. Take a Cooking Class

Foodies will love the opportunity to learn how to make authentic Colombian dishes at Lunatico, a popular cooking school in Cartagena. Led by Chef Maria and her team, these hands-on classes teach you how to prepare traditional recipes like arepas, empanadas, and ceviche using fresh ingredients and time-honored techniques. You’ll leave with full bellies, a newfound appreciation for Colombian cuisine and some tasty new skills to impress your friends back home. I learned how to make the BEST ceviche.

If Lunatico is not a fit for you, you can check out these other classes:

23. Los Zapatos Viejos

Los Zapatos Viejos, or the Old Shoes Monument, is a unique and interesting landmark located near Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. This sculpture features a pair of oversized, worn-out bronze shoes/boots made by Hector Lombana Piñeres in honor of 19th century Cartagenero poet Luis Carlos Lopez. You can see an inscription of the poet’s sonnet, ‘Mi Ciudad Nativa,’ at the front of the sculpture.

As this is a popular Instagrammable spot in the city, it can get quite crowded, so it’s best to get here early in the morning.

Los Zapatos Viejos

24. See the Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower)

The Torre del Reloj is one of Cartagena’s most recognizable landmarks and a symbol of the city’s rich history. Serving as the gateway to the historic walled city, this clock tower dates back to the 18th century and served as the main entrance to the city. Today, it’s a popular meeting spot and a great place to take in the surrounding architecture and street performers. It’s also where most Uber drivers will drop you off when you’re visiting the city center.

Torre del Reloj

25. Take a Street Food Tour

Cartagena is famous for its delicious street food, and a street food tour is a great way to sample the city’s culinary delights. Led by local guides, these tours take you to hidden gems and popular spots, where you’ll taste everything from fried plantains to grilled meats and seafood, and learn about the cultural and culinary influences that have shaped Colombian cuisine. 

Most tours, if not all, will include at least one taste of the most popular local street cuisine, arepa which is made of ground corn dough stuffed with a filling.

Here’s a few top rate ones:

street food tour

26. Walk on the City’s Walls

Cartagena’s historic walls are a testament to the city’s colonial past, and they are also a great way to get a panoramic view of the city. Built in the 16th century to protect the city from pirates and invaders, the walls now serve as a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike because you can walk on them! As you stroll along the 8 mile ramparts, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the ocean, the skyline, and the colorful streets below.

Walk on the City's Walls

27. Enjoy Columbian Coffee

Colombia is known for producing some of the world’s best coffee, and there are plenty of cafes and shops in Cartagena like Cafe del Mural and Cafe San Alberto where you can sample the goods. Whether you prefer a simple cup of joe or a more elaborate latte or cappuccino, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

28. Explore the Walled City of Cartagena

A visit to Cartagena would be incomplete without exploring the historic walled city. The colorful colonial buildings, narrow streets, and charming plazas are a feast for the eyes and senses. Wander through the maze-like alleys, admiring the intricate balconies and doors, and duck into cozy cafes and boutiques. 

As you explore, you’ll feel transported back in time to the days of pirates and conquistadors. Don’t miss the grand Cathedral and the majestic Palace of the Inquisition!

29. Rub the Breast of La Gorda Gertrudis (it’s Good Luck!)

Located in Plaza Santo Domingo, La Gorda Gertrudis is a bronze statue created by Fernando Botero, Colombia’s most famous artist. Rubbing her ample bosom is said to bring good luck, prosperity, and a return visit to Cartagena. Join the locals and give it a try (I did!)!

Annette holding La Gorda Gertrudis

30. Tour the Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory (Museo de la Esmeralda)

The Caribe Jewelry Museum & Factory, also known as the Museo de la Esmeralda, is a fascinating attraction in Cartagena that showcases the history and beauty of emeralds. Here, you can learn about the process of mining and cutting these precious stones, and see some of the most exquisite pieces of emerald jewelry ever created.

The museum also has a factory where you can watch skilled artisans at work, creating beautiful pieces using traditional techniques. And did I mention that you can also buy emerald jewelry and other items at their gift shop?

31. See Iglesia de la Trinidad

This beautiful historical church is located in the heart of Getsemani, its yellow facade a striking contrast against the colorful colonial buildings around it.

At night, the plaza in front of the church comes to life, filled with live music, delicious street food, street performers, and locals just chilling and hanging out.

32. Shop at Las Bóvedas  (The Vaults)

Located in the historic walled city, Las Bóvedas is a former prison that is now a collection of 23 arched chambers filled with handicrafts, jewelry, clothing, and souvenirs.

The market’s winding corridors and colorful stalls are a feast for the eyes, and the vendors are friendly and welcoming. Be sure to haggle and bargain to get the best deals, and don’t miss the chance to buy some local coffee or handmade textiles as a reminder of your visit to this vibrant city.

Las Bóvedas

33. Sip on a Fresh Coconut

When you’re strolling around the streets of Cartagena under the hot Caribbean sun, nothing is more refreshing than sipping on a fresh coconut. You’ll find vendors selling whole coconuts with a straw inserted in the top (or poured in skinny plastic bags,) and they’ll even cut them open for you to scoop out the coconut meat.

It’s a simple pleasure that’s both delicious and hydrating, and it’s a great way to cool down and take a break from the heat. Plus, you’ll get to experience a bit of local culture, as coconuts are a staple ingredient in many Colombian dishes and drinks. 

34. Visit the Museum of Cartagena de Indias – The Palace of the Inquisition

The Museum of Cartagena de Indias – The Palace of the Inquisition is a fascinating place to learn about the history of Cartagena and Colombia. The building itself is a beautiful example of colonial architecture, with ornate balconies, arches, and courtyards. Inside, you’ll find exhibits on the Inquisition, which was established in Cartagena in the 17th century to enforce Catholic orthodoxy and suppress heresy.

The museum’s displays include instruments of torture, trial transcripts, and other artifacts that provide a sobering look at this dark period in Colombian history. There are also exhibits on the culture, art, and traditions of Cartagena and the surrounding region. If you’re interested in history and culture, the Museum of Cartagena de Indias is a must-visit destination in this vibrant city.

Not everything is in English, so if you’re not good with your Spanish you can hire a local guide.

35. Follow the Footsteps of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cartagena is the perfect destination for those who are fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the iconic Colombian author. Garcia Marquez (or Gabo) was a regular visitor to the city, and he wrote about it extensively in his novels, including “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “Of Love and Other Demons.”

The Follow in the Foosteps of Gabriel Garcia Marquez tour is a great way to explore the city and learn about its history and culture. Along the way, you’ll visit some of the places he frequented, such as Cafe Havana, where he would listen to music or talk with friends, or the Hotel Santa Clara, where he got the inspiration for “Of Love and Other Demons.”

36. Explore Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

If you’re looking for a historic and impressive site to explore in Cartagena, look no further than the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas. This fortress is a masterpiece of military engineering, built by the Spanish in the 16th century to defend the city against attacks by pirates and other enemies.

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

The fortress is located on a hill overlooking the city, and its walls, tunnels, and battlements offer stunning views of the sea and the surrounding landscape. You can take a guided tour of the castle to learn about its history and see its various features, or you can go at your own pace via an audio tour.

37. Visit Plaza de La Trinidad (Getsemani)

Plaza de La Trinidad is the heart of the Getsemani neighborhood in Cartagena. This small square in front of the Iglesia de la Trinidad is always bustling with activity, with locals and tourists alike enjoying street performances, live music, and outdoor cafes.

The plaza is surrounded by colorful colonial houses and is a great place to people-watch and soak up the atmosphere of this lively area. You can also see some interesting street art and graffiti in and around the plaza, as well as browse through stalls selling handmade crafts and souvenirs. Be sure to come back in the evening to experience the nightlife of Getsemani, as the plaza is a popular spot for dancing, drinking, and socializing after dark.

38. Take a Chiva Party Bus Tour

Looking for a unique and fun way to experience Cartagena’s nightlife? Then put on your dancing shoes and hop aboard a Chiva party bus! These brightly painted buses are a fixture of Colombian culture, and they offer a festive and lively atmosphere for a night out on the town.

You’ll ride through the streets of Cartagena while dancing to live music, sipping cocktails, and enjoying the company of other travelers and locals. Along the way, you’ll make stops at some of the city’s most popular bars and clubs, where you can continue the party with your new friends.

Chiva Bus Tour

39. See the Pink Sea (Salinas de Galerazamba)

Located just outside of Cartagena, the Pink Sea at Salinas de Galerazamba is a unique destination known for its pink-colored waters. This natural wonder gets its distinctive color from the presence of a type of microalgae that thrives in the salty environment.

The best time to visit is during the dry season, from December to February or August to September, when the sun is shining and there is little to no rain to disrupt the water’s surface. If you take the Mud Volcano and Pink Sea tour it will take you to both and includes lunch.

The sea is not always pink, so it is kind of a crapshoot on what it will look like when you arrive, but it is definitely worth it when the color is vibrant!

40. Get Dirty at Volcan de Lodo El Totumo (Mud Volcano)

For a truly unique and unforgettable experience, head to Volcan de Lodo El Totumo, a mud volcano located just outside of Cartagena. This natural wonder is the smallest active volcano in Colombia, standing at only 14.93 meters (49 feet). Visitors can climb to the top and immerse themselves in the warm, silky mud that bubbles up from the center.

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo

It’s said that the mud has therapeutic properties, and many locals and tourists believe it can heal skin ailments and even help with joint pain. The experience of floating in the mud is surreal and fun, and locals will help you scrub off and rinse clean afterwards. It’s important to note that the mud volcano can get crowded, but most visitors agree that it’s well worth the trip.

Here’s the top-rate tours:

Volcan de Lodo El Totumo Mud Bath

41. Get Acquainted With the City on the Hop On Hop Off Bus

If you’re new to Cartagena or want to see the city’s highlights in a convenient way, consider taking the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. This open-top bus takes you on a comprehensive tour of the city, with multiple stops at some of Cartagena’s most iconic landmarks and attractions.

You can choose to stay on the bus for the full loop, which takes about two hours, or hop off (and on) at any of the 14 stops and explore on your own. The tour also provides an informative audio guide in multiple languages, so you can learn about the city’s history and culture as you ride. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city from the comfort of a hop-on-hop-off bus.

42. See an Epic Sunset 

Watching the sunset is a magical experience in Cartagena, and there are two places in particular where you can catch an epic view. The first is the Movich Rooftop, which offers panoramic views of the city’s historic center and the Caribbean Sea. With a refreshing cocktail in hand, you can watch the sky turn pink and orange as the sun dips below the horizon and end your day on a high note.

Another great option is Cafe Del Mar, a popular spot that’s perched on the city’s ancient walls. From here, you can watch the sun set over the sea, and listen to live music as the city lights up for the night. Whether you’re looking for a romantic moment or just want to take in the city’s beauty, watching the sunset is a must-do when in Cartagena.

Cartagena de Indias is the perfect mix of history, culture, and colorful surroundings that will make you want to come back for more. With so many incredible things to do in Cartagena, from exploring historical places to digging into the local cuisine, there’s never a dull moment in this amazing city. So grab your camera, put on your adventurer hat, and get ready to fall in love with this vibrant city. After all, there’s a reason why they call it the ‘Jewel of the Caribbean’!

Best Tips for Visiting Cartagena Colombia

How to Get to Cartagena Colombia:  Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG / SKCG) is a major hub and most airlines will fly into it. You can easily check for the best fare deals at Skyscanner, which also has the option to choose ‘cheapest month’ as the departure to find the lowest priced dates to fly to your destination. From the airport to the city center, you can use the take a taxi, public bus or rent a car.

Getting Around:  Driving in a new destination can be a bit of a challenge, but if you choose to rent a car, has great deals. If you are not renting a car, there are plenty of other options. Taxis and Uber are available all over the city, plus most of the major attractions can be accessed with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus. For a more budget friendly option, you can take the public bus.

Best Time to Visit Cartagena Colombia: December through April are the ideal months to explore Cartagena, Colombia. It’s the dry season, which means it’s sunny, warm, and comfortable outside. Regardless of the weather, Cartagena is a year-round resort that provides a wide range of attractions and activities. Whatever time of year, you may take advantage of the adjacent beaches and islands, the lively nightlife, the wonderful cuisine, and the colonial architecture. If you visit during the rainy season, just be ready for some rain and bring an umbrella or a raincoat.

Where to Stay in Cartagena Colombia: It’s best to stay near the city center, public transportation or the area that you will be spending the most time in. Lunalá Hotel Boutique is a great choice in the Getsemani district. For something on the less expensive side, try Markasa Hotel Boutique located in La Boquilla, Cartagena de Indias. For a hotel with a little more extravagance, book a room at the Hotel Casa San Agustin. Or search some great deals on hotels of your choice at If you’re looking for more of a home atmosphere (or are traveling with a group of people), head over to VRBO that has houses, apartments and even just a room for rent in every price range. 

Best Tours in Cartagena Colombia: You can find some of the top tours at Get Your Guide or Viator, and here are some of the top ones. tours:

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