Gorgeous and colorful architecture, fabulous shopping, vivacious music, delicious food, warm weather, large beaches and charming soul have made Cartagena a popular destination in recent years. The ancient walled city was built in the 16th century and was named a UNESCO site in the 90’s. It is beautifully kept and full of infectious energy. Our co-founder, recently visited for a long weekend with her friends. Tag along as she maps out her favorite spots below.
THE CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA BUCKET LIST
WHERE TO STAY
Casa San Agustin
A boutique spa hotel, Casa San Agustín is a colonial-style building that consists of three houses in the old historic center of Cartagena de Indias. It is super charming and has a fabulous restaurant for lunch or dinner, Alma.
Sofitel Santa Clara
The Santa Clara Sofitel is a grand hotel that was once a convent in the 17th century. Glamorous yet charming, this hotel has gorgeous amenities and is a must-see, even if just for cocktails.
WHERE TO STAY
Enjoy al fresco dining in a chic atmosphere and be sure to order the lobster empanadas, fried shrimp wrap and the seafood chowder.
Amazing ceviche, fresh seafood and lite bites, El Boliche is a great spot to grab a relaxing lunch.
Demente is a romantic restaurant off of a main plaza with white lights and a cool urban vibe. Indulge in pizza from the wood-fire oven and other local fares.
Considered one of the best restaurants in Cartagena, Carmen features Colombian flavors and is perfect for a celebratory evening.
WHAT TO DO
Go dancing at Café Havana or La Movida after dinner.
Boat Tour Of The Rosario Islands
Tour the Rosario Islands in a private boat and stop at a local beach for a Coco Loco or lunch at Blue Apple Beach House.
Sunset On The Ancient Wall
Watch the sunset from Ancient Wall at Café del Mar.
Tour The Walled City
By foot or a horse drawn carriage, take in the Spanish Colonial architecture of Old Cartagena. Venture to the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, an ancient fortress.
WHERE TO SHOP
Amazing mix of small designers and well-known brands, this was Jocelyn's favorite store.
Agua De León
Agua de León is a multi-brand boutique with amazing accessories, bags, bathing suits and everything in between.
Beautiful high-end store of gorgeous dresses and accessories.
Casa Chiqui House Boutique
Casa Chiqui features an eclectic mix of home decor and unique accessories.