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Where to stayin Cartagena

With centuries-old cobblestone streets and bougainvillea spilling from colorful balconies, Cartagena is the best place to stay for an authentic Colombian experience. This is where the author Gabriel García Márquez found inspiration. Choose from hotels within the historic walled city or resorts on the Caribbean Sea. Everywhere you turn, there's an appealing juxtaposition of 16th-century ruins and gleaming 21st-century architecture. Find neighborhoods for every taste, whether you seek colonial history, a raucous nightlife, or an artsy vibe. Cast aside tourist to-do lists and simply wander the city and soak up its mesmerizing, carefree ambience.

Where to Stay for First Time Visitors

For immersion into the historic center, beautifully preserved architecture, and Caribbean charm of Cartagena, stay in the Cartagena Walled City, comprised of Centro and San Diego. Hotels within this UNESCO World Heritage Site place you close to the San Pedro Claver Church, the Palace of the Inquisition, the Gold Museum, and the Castillo San Felipe Fortress. Wander the romantic cobblestone streets for hours. Then look for a hearty meal of fine dining or sumptuous street food, before enjoying the area's lively nightclubs and cocktail bars. To be close to both Centro and hip Getsemani, stay in the business center of La Matuna.

Cartagena Walled City

Cartagena Walled City is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Clock Tower and Cartagena Cathedral while in the area.

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Centro

Unique features of Centro include the museums and historic sites. Make a stop by Cartagena Cathedral or Plaza Santo Domingo while you're exploring the area.

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San Diego

San Diego is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by House of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Las Bovedas while in the area.

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Getsemani

Travelers come to Getsemani for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Santisima Trinidad Church and Trinidad Square while you're in town.

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La Matuna

Travelers come to La Matuna for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Clock Tower and India Catalina Monument while you're in town.

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Best Areas to Stay Near the Beach

If you'd like to sprinkle sightseeing amid your long-awaited beach days, consider accommodations in Bocagrande, Cartagena's version of Miami Beach. High-rise hotels lined along Avenida San Martin are still just a 10-minute taxi ride from Centro's historic attractions. Farther along is Laguito, surrounding a large lake, and another choice spot for beachgoers. Resorts are popular in La Boquilla, far enough removed from the city to feel peaceful, yet still convenient for sightseeing. Also consider Marbella, Cabrero, and Playa Manzanillo for beachside accommodations.

Bocagrande

Bocagrande is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Bocagrande Beach and Rio Cartagena Casino, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Cartagena.

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El Laguito

The beaches and abundant dining options are top of the list for many visitors to El Laguito. A stop by Castillo Grande Beach or Bocagrande Beach might round out your trip.

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Marbella

Seaside views, historic sites, and restaurants highlight some of the notable features of Marbella. Make a stop by Marbella Beach while you're exploring.

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La Boquilla

Pristine beaches and ample dining options are well-reviewed features of La Boquilla. Make a stop by top sights like La Boquilla Beach while you're exploring the area.

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Playa Manzanillo

Playa Manzanillo is well-liked for its beaches. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in and around the larger Cartagena area, you might plan a trip to La Boquilla Beach.

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Top Neighborhoods for Nightlife

Get ready to stay up late in Cartagena. The clubs here are generally open until the pre-dawn hours. Stay in hipster Getsemani for its lively evening scene, excellent street art, and array of dining options. Look for a room around Plaza Trinidad, the heart of the neighborhood. Centro is just as well known for its club vibe. You'll find something to do no matter which way you turn from your hotel's front door. And, if you're staying in San Diego, check out its high-style nightclubs, which tend to be more expensive as well.

Getsemani

Travelers come to Getsemani for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Santisima Trinidad Church and Trinidad Square while you're in town.

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Centro

Unique features of Centro include the museums and historic sites. Make a stop by Cartagena Cathedral or Plaza Santo Domingo while you're exploring the area.

Recommended hotels in Centro

San Diego

San Diego is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by House of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Las Bovedas while in the area.

Recommended hotels in San Diego

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