Hot Cartagena Vibes

If you need a quick break from life come with me to Cartagena, Colombia one of South America’s gems. The city is filled with magical corners that capture your soul, founded in 1933 by Spanish conquerors; it still holds historical and beautiful sights with a touch of chic and sophistication. I stayed at the beautiful hotel San Lazaro, in front of the historic Castillo San Felipe and talked to some locals about places I should see and where I should eat. During my trip I discovered amazing places, including hidden treasured spots by locals that I’ll reveal to you.

Why Cartagena- History! Beach!! Food! No wonder Europeans and Americans flock to the beautiful shores of Cartagena.

 

An It-Girl Must Visit

-Ciudad Amurallada- located in the historic center where the elite lived during colonial times.  Walking there you’ll find the magical Palace of inquisition, museum of gold, the convent of San Pedro de Claver and Instagram worthy clock tower

-Castle of San Felipe- a stronghold that stood the test of time and it is till standing after various assaults. From there you can also check out monuments such as India Catalina and local shops

-I found beautiful souvenirs and vibrant coffee shops at Plaza de Santo Domingo

-Artesanias San Felipe is a great way to pick up Colombian bracelets and crafts to take back  home to your girlfriends

-Café Del Mar- is the SnapChat spot to capture the Colombian sunset as you order drinks and food

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Favorite Beaches

-My ultimate favorite is Isla Del Encanto, a private beach that includes a buffet of various delicious sea food variety

-It girl’s love Isla Baru, Baru is where you can find the elite of South America relaxing and enjoying snorkeling activities. Tour booking is recommended because it included drinks, food and transportation to and from the beach

-Islas del Rosario- white sand paradise beach and crystal clear water located just an hour away from Cartagena

 

-Boca Grande- is where you want to be if you want to interact with tourists and where you can find international clothing brands

Eat Like a Local 

 

-My favorite eateries was Harry Sazon located inside the beautiful Charleston Santa Teresa resort where they are known for serving special meats at reasonable prices. Posta Negra is Cartagena’s native foods served with sweet plantains and a side of coconut rice

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-Cazuela de Mariscos is where you will fall in love with soup and shrimp all at once, which you can enjoy everywhere specially at the San Diego Beach as well as food from all over the world

-Chicharron with coconut rice and fish is guaranteed to leave you satisfied and feeling like a local

Gold Tip: Cartagena locals make a living providing services to tourists so if anyone offers you anything a drink, braids, souvenirs it is a service you are expected to pay for if you accept.

 

XOXO,

Valerie

 

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