Travel Guide: Cartagena, Colombia

CARTAGENA DE INDIAS IS A GEM OF THE CARIBBEAN COAST, A FAIRY-TALE CITY OF ROMANCE, PRESERVED HISTORIC BEAUTY, CLEAR BEACHES, AND DECADENT FOOD. I TRAVELED TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY FOR 4-DAY TRIP. CARTAGENA'S OLD TOWN IS A MAZE OF COBBLED ALLEYS, BALCONIES COVERED IN BOUGAINVILLEA, AND MASSIVE CHURCHES THAT CAST THEIR SHADOWS ACROSS LEAFY PLAZAS.

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100% suggest renting a boat for the day and exploring the Rosario Islands and Baru. Head to Blue Apple Beach Club for lunch and Cholon for a local pull-up with your boats party vibe.

We walked around the Old Town every day – there are AMAZING street vendors selling hand-made pieces and shops to walk into. Bargain everywhere you go and make sure you try the mango off the street!

BEST CAFE:

  • Epoca Cafe

WHERE TO EAT:

  • Vera: upscale for lunch or dinner

  • Alma: romantic and late-night for dinner

  • Cuzco: great music / food for dinner

  • Chachara: cool artsy vibes for casual dinner

  • La Cevicheria: Ceviche lovers must-go-to for lunch

WHERE TO GO OUT: 

  • Alquímico: coolest 3-story bar, with rooftop

  • Demte: Hip bar in Gestemani

  • La Movida: club for dancing *would only do this one night

  • La Jugada: club for dancing (less intense than La Movida)

Where to shop:

  • St. Dom – upscale amazing Colombian designers

  • Agua De Leon – also local designers / amazing accessories

  • Casa Chiqui – home decor and accessories