10 Thing to do in Cartagena, Colombia
by Mac Candee

Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

I spent five days exploring this fascinating beach town, and I have so much to tell you about it. It’s only an hour away by plane from Medellín or a short 4 hour flight from Miami, so it’s very easy to get to, and it has a lot to offer. I want to show you all the wonders this amazing town has to offer, so I hope you’re excited! Just keep in mind that this list is not in any specific order from best to worst, so read until the end to find out the best ways to spend your time in Cartagena.

We were a total of 10 people there, so we managed to get an incredible mansion-like accommodation for only $240 per person for 5 nights. It was incredible, and as usual, the more people you can travel with, the cheaper it will usually cost you. If you want to see a tour of the place, make sure you check out my YouTube video, where I show you around.

1. Stroll the streets of the walled city


If you’re not already staying in the walled city, you have to make time to visit it. It was only a block from where we were staying, and it has some streets that provide an atmosphere similar to Guatape (check out my video on it here). On these streets, you will find fascinating street art, bright colors and decorations, so it’s a great spot for pictures and getting the overall feeling of the city. You’ll also find many exquisite dining experiences. Which leads me to the next thing on our list.

2. Go restaurant hopping around Cartagena


Depending on your preferences, you can find some very affordable options, or opt for a more luxurious venue. It has the best of both worlds, and I definitely recommend exploring both, as they have a lot to offer. You can expect to pay anywhere between $20-$50 per person in the more expensive places, but you can also go much lower in the local restaurants.

3. Visit Cafe del Mar for drinks at the sunset


This Café is world renowned for the incredible view that it offers, and you will miss out if you don’t visit it. The sunset time allows you to experience it fully, and I promise you won’t be disappointed. If you have any doubts, look at the pictures I took while there! Just make sure you make a reservation, since it is a pretty popular spot.

4.Experience the upbeat nightlife in the walled city


It would be such a shame if you went to this lively city and missed out on its vibrant nightlife. The clubs there are amazing, and you’re guaranteed to have an incredible time. Check out to see which venues play your favorite music, and don’t forget to pregame with your friends.

5.Rent a boat for the day


We planned a day especially for renting out a catamaran, and exploring many places around the town. It was a huge, three-level boat, where we chilled out, listened to music and had a great time, all while visiting beautiful places.

6. Visit the Rosario islands


These islands are captivatingly beautiful, and it’s only a short 45minute boat ride to reach them. You can relax, explore the charming beaches and take a swim in the crystal clear water. It’s a great place to spend some time enjoying the sunshine with friends, and I definitely recommend you don’t miss out.

7. Visit Cholon Party island

This party island is filled with a vibrant party atmosphere. It is a great place to spend some time, grab a few drinks and enjoy the views. If you want to see the full experience of me and my friends renting the huge boat and exploring the fascinating islands of Cartagena, check out this video.

8. Spend the night in Playa Blanca


This little beach side town is the place you will want to stay for at least a night! If you’re there with a friend group, it’s an amazing way to have a little party on the beach all for yourself which is seemingly all to yourself in the evenings as most people only do a day trip. The van from Cartagena to Playa Blanca costed us $100 total, but since we were splitting it 10 ways, it turned out to be a pretty good bargain. The hostel was also a steal at $17 per person. Once you’re settled in, get ready to enjoy the amazing beach bars, fresh fruit and delicious restaurants. You also have the option to hire a boat to bring you back to Cartagena which is what we did the next morning.

9. Visit Castillo San Felipe


This castle has an entrance fee of roughly $7, and an additional $20 for a tour guide. It’s a great way to have a glimpse into the history of this fascinating city. The fortress was built in the 1500s, and expanded again in the 1700s. It’s exhilarating to connect to the city’s culture so deeply, so I definitely recommend this if you have an interest in history. Even if you’re not that keen on the past, just the incredible views all around will make it worth it.

10. Visit the flag at the top of the castle


This is in my opinion the best photo spot in the whole city. It’s a beautiful place, where you can see the whole city, and make some photographs to remember the experience forever.

Closing Thoughts

Sadly, our 5-day trip wasn’t enough to see this fascinating place. There’s so much left to do and see, that I will surely be returning to it in the future. This list encompasses just a small piece of everything you can do here, but I guarantee you’ll be enjoying yourself every step of the way. I wish you happy travels!

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