Last month I went to Colombia for the first time and spent 4 days in Cartagena in the old city and it was seriously beautiful! It feels like a Latin New Orleans with all of the bright colors and gorgeous balconies everywhere! I would definitely recommend visiting (I felt completely safe). Four jam packed days full of exploring, dancing, eating, shopping and adventuring. Complete City Guide at bottom.
This city is definitely a place you can explore on foot or bike! All the colonial architecture is right outside your door step. It does get really hot and humid, so mid afternoon is for lounging at your hotel pool, taking a siesta, or going to the spa. Cartagena comes alive at night! Don’t even bother bringing makeup and make sure you pack a hat, sunscreen and very light weight clothes!
I LOVED the shopping in Cartagena. Everything is so colorful and beautiful. I came back with a few pair of these pom pom flip flops and an assortment of the colored purses you will see as you scroll down. You must not miss the store called St. Dom, it only carries Colombia designers and it is to die for!
Gorgeous flowering bouganvillas spilling over every balcony. I could do a post just on the balconies!!
Las Palenqueras, Cartagena legendary fruit vendors bring even more color to the vibrant city! On most corners in the old city, the woman stand in bright dresses selling fruit piled high in bowls they carry on their heads. They cut it all to order, offering some of the juiciest watermelon, bananas and papayas available anywhere.
You have to try the ceviche place called La Cevicheria!
In a Nutshell: Cartagena is contained in two small, impossibly photogenic neighborhoods: the walled Old City and the rising barrio Getsemaní. You can’t go wrong staying in either!
Getting There: Non-stop flights from NYC, MIAMI, ATLANTA.
What to Pack: Hat, Sunscreen, Tropical Attire, Comfortable Sandals, Bathing Suit, Salsa Dancing Attire.
Where to Eat: Le Cevicheria, Paletas from La Paletteria, Frank & Frank, Alma, Carmen Cartagena, El Boliche Cebicheria, Trattoria Di Silvio.
Where to Drink: Sunset Mojitos at Café del Mar
Where to Shop: St. Dom & Street shopping