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Cartagena is Colombia's most beautiful city, and one of the most beautiful cities in all of Latin America. Cartagena de Indias is a very romantic city in which one can explore the old colonial town, people watch in the beautiful plazas or escape to one of the nearby excellent beaches. The city draws in huge numbers of tourists, many of whom arrive on a days tour from their cruise boat. There are many excellent restaurants and fine hotels to choose from here.

Tours of Cartagena De Indias

Tours of Cartagena experience the city's history and culture by exploring the old town. There are numerous cobbled alleyways, churches, plazas, boutique shops, emerald shops and a variety of other tourist attractions throughout the old town. Many tourists choose to tour by horse drawn cart, a very romantic way to see the city.


It's important to note that Cartagena itself is not a beach vacation destination in Colombia. There are no real beach resorts to speak of - if you're looking for a beach resort in Colombia, San Andres Island would be more suitable. Cartagena's beaches are, quite frankily, awful. Due to the high number of beach vendors, it's quite the opposite of a relaxing vacation, especially if you visit in the peak tourism season. The beaches are pretty dirty (you won't see your feet). Thankfully, there are many excellent beaches just outside the city. Boat trips can take tourists on a day tour to nearby Isla de Tierrabomba or Playa Blanca, both of which have good beaches suitable for a more relaxing vacation. Better still are the beaches at the Rosario Islands, which can also be visited on a day tour.


Cartagena has hotels to suit a range of tastes and budgets. If at all possible, try to stay in the old part of town, which is the most pleasant area in which to stay on your vacation. Budget hotels in the old town are usually found in the Getsemani area. Tourists can also choose from various options in the new town / beach region (called Bocagrande) which has numerous high rise hotels, such as the Hilton , that overlook Colombia's Caribbean coastline.

Old Town Hotels

Hotel Santa Clara - the best hotel in Cartagena, this is an elegant and peaceful place to stay. The Santa Clara Hotel has had many famous guests in the past.

Casa Del Arzobispado - a peaceful, historical hotel that used to be the house of the archbishop. This boutique has 10 spacious rooms surrounding a central courtyard.

Casa del Curato - an attractive 18th century mansion hotel, there are 10 rooms and a sunny roof terrace.

Casa la Fe - a small friendly option with 12 rooms and a lovely garden patio.

Casa De Helda (Hotel De Ingles) - a small hotel is run by Colombian-English family and is found in Cartagena’s beautiful Old Town. There are just 7 rooms in total.

Casa Quero - a colonial-style small hotel located in the San Diego area of Cartagena, the district next to the old town. It has just six rooms and there is a small swimming pool and jacuzzi.

Charleston Santa Teresa - The Charleston is a finely restored 17th century convent decorated with antiques, and is located in the old town. There are 90 attractive rooms which face either the Caribbean or the old city. Each of the rooms have air-con - very important in Cartagena as it can get extremely hot here. Facilities at the Charlestown Santa Teresa include a swimming pool.

Agua hotel - a small, colonial option that is also found in the historical part of the city. The Agua has a luxurious feel throughout.

Hotels in Bocagrande District

Capilla Del Mar - a modern, high-rise hotel in Bocagrande, facing the city's long, narrow beach. There's 200 rooms in total.

Caribe Hotel - an elegant choice, also in Bocagrande, there's 300 rooms in total.

Hotel Da Pietro - a very good budget option in Bocagrande, very good value, has air con and very friendly staff.

Cartagena Hilton - a business hotel situated at the far end of Bocagrande. The Hilton has all the leisure facilities one would expect from a first class luxury brand.

Cartagena Flights

Cartagena is well served by flights from most Colombian cities. Flights to Cartagena are common from travel hubs such as Bogota, Medellin, Cali and San Andres, in addition to Panama City.

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Cartagena's Old town.

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Shakira in Cartagena, Colombia.
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