Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings.
With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.
Because of the rich trading, Cartagena is also the Caribbean port most associated with pirates.
The best of the forts are the Castillo de San Felipe of Barajas, the Battery of San Ángel in Tierrabomba, the Castillo Fuerte of San Fernando and the Battery of San José in Bocachica.
Or for a different experience, visit Oceanario with marine life, including turtles and sharks, on show in the beautiful waters – it’s a great excursion for visitors of all ages.
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Cartagena may not be the official capital of Columbia, but some would argue that it’s the culinary capital.
The local seafood and tropical fruits serve as the foundatin for the cuisine and the unique blend of cultural influences — Spanish, African, and indigenous — give it a special edge.
From delicious juices to hearty fish dishes, this coastal city has earned its spot on the culinary map.
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Generally, the most affordable tickets can be found between January and October, with some scattered availability during the summer.
And despite the ticket prices, full-service airlines like Copa, JetBlue, United, Avianca, and Delta are offering these low fares.
Stroll around the walled Old Town – everything you’d expect a Spanish Colonial settlement to look like.
This is one of the best places to stay in Cartagena if you’re ‘hanging the expense’ and want to really be in the heart of things. Despite being ravaged numerous times this area is full of beautiful buildings.