Cartagena Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in Cartagena
How to Burn It Off in Cartagena
Clearly, you’re going to dance those arepas off! While the trendy (and pricey) wall-top, Ibiza-esque Café del Mar (Baluarte de Santo Domingo, map) is certainly worth checking out (especially at sunset), the bar’s equivalent in the Getsemaní part of town, Casa de la Cerveza (Baluarte San Lorenzo del Reducto, map), is even better—still chic and breezy, but more casual and dance-friendly, with the bonus of sublime views of the lit-up Castillo de San Felipe in the near distance. Another fun option within Cartagena’s old town is Donde Fidel (Plaza de los Coches 32-09, map), a small salsa bar with outside seating for when you’re ready to rest.Read More
Where to Stay in Cartagena
On one of the city’s prettiest flower-filled streets, Hotel Tres Banderas (Calle Cochero del Hobo, No. 38-66; map; from 195,500 COP; book online to save on sales tax) has lovely, spacious, A/C-cooled rooms; conveniently they offer day trips for sun-seeking guests to their sister beach resort on Isla Tierrabomba/Punta Arenas for an additional fee, where you can indulge in a delicious fish lunch (it doesn’t have the greatest beach, but it’s good for being just a 10-minute boat ride from the city—plus there’s a nice pool and a few hammocks). Cheaper in El Centro is Hotel El Viajero (Calle del Porvenir, No. 35-68, 2nd floor, map), where doubles with A/C go for 100,000 COP.
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