One of the oldest cities in Colombia, Cartagena is unlike anywhere else in the country. A blend of natural beauty, rich history, and a bustling nightlife makes this city something truly special - and our Cartagena vacation rentals are the perfect home base for experiencing it all!
Where is Cartagena?
Cartagena is tucked away on Colombia's northern coast, where it thrives as a Caribbean port town. Those willing to drive along the coast will find plenty to love, like energizing mud baths at the Volcan de Lodo El Totumo. The coastal location also offers more adventure with Tierra Bomba Island and the Rosario Archipelago, which rival even Honduras' Bay Islands
Things to Do in Cartagena
You'll find glimpses of Cartagena's history everywhere you look, with the finest sights in the famous walled city. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cobblestone streets and colonial architecture of the city's old town lets you step back in time. Outside the walled city, more history awaits at the towering Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Meanwhile, nightclubs like La Movida, Cafe Havana, and Crazy Salsa let you take in the city's modern culture with dancing and live music.
Beaches near Cartagena
You can find natural beauty right in the city with the Parque del Centenario's walking trails. But the marquee natural attractions are nearby beaches, which feature soft sands and warm Caribbean waves. Playa Blanca is favored by locals for its scene of mingling and taking in the crowds. Manzanillo del Mar is about a half-hour from the center of the city, meaning fewer crowds and a space to enjoy the turquoise waters in peace. Playa de Castillo Grande strikes a nice balance between the two, with a convenient location and crowds that are lively without being overwhelming.
When it comes to our Colombian vacation rentals, you have no shortage of choices. But if you're looking to pair the nation's incredible beaches with a rich, breathtaking culture, check out our Cartagena rentals today!
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