Where to stay in Cartagena: Best areas for travelers
- Cartagena Walled City: If you like staying in the heart of the action, nothing tops this neighborhood. There are loads of fantastic sights to check out here, including Puerta del Reloj and San Pedro Claver Church and Convent. Some favorite hotels around these parts include the Centro Hotel, the Ethnic Thematic Hotel and the hotel charleston garden.
- Bocagrande: Bocagrande Beach is one attraction to put on your checklist here. Find out what it's all about and then chill out in the comfort and convenience of your nearby hotel. The Be Live Experience Cartagena Dubai , the Hotel Costa del Sol and the Holiday Inn Express Cartagena Bocagrande are exceptional choices.
- El Laguito: This neighborhood's unique character is just one of the many reasons visitors return time and again. The Hotel Estelar Oceania and the Hospedaje Belmar are two hotel options to look into here.
- Zona Norte: If you're after an interesting place to call home during your vacation, this neighborhood is a good choice. You'll find lots of wonderful attractions here, including Karibana Golf Club. The Linda Mar, the Mangle and the Palmera Beach Hotel are great bases to rest your head in between those sightseeing adventures.
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Experience classic Colombian culture with Cartagena vacation packages. This colonial fishing village sits right on the Caribbean coast and offers the perfect mixture of beach town vibe and colonial architecture.
Known as the "Walled City" for the ancient stone walls that surround the port, a vacation in Cartagena is not complete without a ride on a "chiva." These traditional buses will carry you throughout the historic city center while pumping Colombian Caribbean beats into your ears for a fun-filled evening activity amidst the city lights. For a more historical experience, visit the Museo del Oro Zenu where you will find an array of beautifully displayed pieces of gold artwork. You can also visit the numerous cathedrals, many featuring beautiful colonial Caribbean architecture. Guided tours are available for most attractions and museums if you're looking for additional information about the Walled City's rich, vibrant history. Or, you can rent a car in Cartagena to tour the city at your own pace. After a long day of exploring this beautiful coastal Colombian town, retire to one of Travelocity's Cartagena hotels and enjoy relaxation knowing you've booked one of the best deals around.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Cartagena is filled with outdoor cafes that are the perfect place to enjoy a pastry while you people watch. The city is known for its fresh fruit and street vendors selling tasty Colombian snacks, often served by women dressed in traditional garb known as "palenqueras." If you are traveling to Cartagena at the beginning of November, you'll be a part of the Fiesta de la Independence festivities. Expect to see paint, foam, water, and fireworks all throughout the city as the locals celebrate their city's independence as well as the election of Miss Colombia. The festival lasts for four days and includes parades throughout the streets as well as in the beautiful Caribbean sea.
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