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Located on the northern coast of Colombia, Cartagena is easily its home country's highest drawing tourist city. This former sanctuary for escaped African-American slaves is popular year-round, thanks to its beautiful beaches and lively attitude. December is an especially busy time in Cartagena, as religious festivals close schools, prompting a huge influx of visitors. Many of the vacationers and tourists alike can be spotted enjoying a ride on the Chiva Bus. This popular way to both party and take in the sights comes complete with upbeat Caribbean music, drinks, and a positive vibe that keep the bus rocking its way throughout the city. Playa Blanca is perhaps the most popular of Cartagena’s major beaches, and it too perpetuates the festive ... Read more
attitude so sought after by fun-loving visitors. Like many beaches in Cartagena, Playa Blanca also comes complete with beautiful coral reefs and plenty of beachside activities. Divided into two sections, (a semi-walled off traditional section called Ciudad Amurallada and a strip of beachfront hotels known as Castillogrande) whether you are looking to party, or just enjoy the atmosphere, Cartagena is one of South America’s most fun-filled vacation destinations.
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San Francisco
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Fascinating place. From the slums to the Old Walled City, there's so much going on here. I loved the historic town center. It had so much energy and color. Perhaps it was the coming storm, but it felt like being in a film. Wonderful.

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New York City

Intoxicating, alluring...Cartagena is one romantic city behind its famed fortified walls. Settled by the Spaniards in 1533, Cartagena was the crown jewel of the Caribbean, used as a base to hide treasures pillaged from South America. While the gold and jewels may be long gone, there is still plenty to discover, from the gorgeous plazas to the massive churches. It's best not to stay focused on a map or a strict guide for your time in Cartagena; just let its seductive powers take you on a journey.

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Puerto Vallarta

The sweltering city of Cartagena by the sea is incredibly vibrant and alive! For this reason it is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination.

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Elmwood Park

Its a great place to take an exiting vacations where you can ride a jet ski, go to dance and meet new people

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São Paulo

Amazing City with good food and chatty people . Isla Baru and Isla del Pirata are terrific . Cafe del Mar has an incredible view.

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Stuttgart

very toristic but anyway a must in colombia, also there are a lot of full but nice beaches good for swimming. The old city is woth to stay min. 2 days even there are often big crusader ships

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Madrid

A fairytale like city, Cartagena is the crown jewel of Colombia's tourism. Enclosed within the 16th century fortified wall, with leafy plazas, charming colonial houses, colourful balconies, the historical center of Cartagena is picture perfect. You will fall in love with this place just by walking its cobblestone streets. The centre pulses with life; during the day, locals and tourists share its narrow streets; at night, bars and restaurants are packed with people eager to drink in that romantic atmosphere that Cartagena exudes. Cartagena is one place that has something for every visitor: luxury traveler or budget backpacker.

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Cartagena is a beautiful walled colonial city that sits right on the Caribbean. There are amazing restaurants, great history, amazing weather and beautiful beaches and islands you can visit by boat.

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Foster City

It's a perfect vacation spot on the northern Caribbean coastline of Colombia. A historic colonial Spanish walled city that offers an old town full of life and culture combined with new town with high rise modern hotels and resorts with the best views of the city and the Caribbean Sea. Thus it makes it as one of the top vacation spots on my list.

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Harrington Park

Forget every typical American stereotype you've heard about Colombia and book a trip to Cartagena immediately. It is such a lovely city and I had an incredible time in my five nights there. First things first, Cartagena is extremely, EXTREMELY safe. I stayed in a hotel in the walled city and I never felt in danger whatsoever. The city has an awesome vibe to it, you feel like you've stepped into a time machine and entered a Spanish colony of centuries ago. Every street you walk down is lined with colorful buildings and trees. I was amazed how pretty the city was. Furthermore the food was equally impressive. My Spanish is far from fluent, so whenever I are at a restaurant I asked the waitress "que comida es tu favorita?" Which, I think translates to what is your favorite food. I never knew exactly what I was getting, but every dish I had was delicious. The one downside to Cartagena, is the beaches are not the best. However, you can take a 30 minute boat ride to some great beaches. A really great city that more Americans should visit. I flew direct from JFK which took about 4.5 hours and for $430, via JetBlue.

And yes, everything you've heard about Colombian women is true, they are all beautiful!

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