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Perched on the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Cartagena is the capital of the Bolivar region, and a major economic center for Colombia. As well as attracting business travelers, you'll also find many tourists in the area who come to enjoy the sandy beaches and see the traditional old town area with its colorful buildings and historic houses. There's been plenty of development in the city in recent years, and you'll find areas with shimmering skyscrapers and major convention centers holding world-class events.

Things to see

Bocagrande Beach has long sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear seas just steps from the city area, and the beach is surrounded by stylish high rise buildings and skyscrapers. The ultra-modern Convention Center Cartagena is close to the front, with a silvery exterior that shines in the sun and is beautifully lit up at night. Inside you'll find contemporary, well equipped conference rooms and theaters, with many major corporate and private events taking place throughout the year. By contrast, Cartagena Cathedral dates back to the 16th century, and under the grand, intricate spire you'll find a pretty yellow building with large archways, a marble pulpit, and golden gilding adding a decorative touch. The Plaza de San Diego also displays classic architecture, with shops, homes, and restaurants painted in bold yellow, red, and orange hues, and windows covered in wooden shutters to help you cool off from the sun. It's the perfect spot to pick up a unique, handmade souvenir, or enjoy dinner outside on a balmy evening, with tables dotted along the cobbled streets.

Hotels in Cartagena

Many visitors to the area are looking for luxury hotels in Cartagena, and you can choose between contemporary, high-rise hotels in the city, or boutique, traditional hotels in the older areas of Cartagena. Many city center hotels are aimed at business travelers, with facilities such as free WiFi, concierge services, business centers, and multilingual staff, although they also manage to include lots of leisure facilities too such as indoor pools, fitness centers, and restaurants. Rooms are also well equipped with all the amenities you'll need for a comfortable stay, and these can include rainfall shower heads, televisions with satellite channels, bathrobes, coffee makers, and kitchen areas.

Where to stay

Cartagena Walled City is a charming, traditional center with colorful buildings, and narrow cobbled streets full of blooming flowers. You can enjoy a horse and carriage ride through the quaint streets, or enjoy a walk through the streets stopping at the traditional market stalls to pick up a souvenir. Bocagrande in the west is a popular beach resort, with many high rise hotels and restaurants aimed at the international market. You'll find palm tree lined streets, and can enjoy walking along the stone walled seafront which has cafés looking out over the calm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

How to get to Cartagena

Rafael Núñez International Airport is in the north of the city, and has flights arriving from across the USA, Canada, and South America. It's a 20 minute drive or taxi ride from the airport, and you can pick up a licensed cab from the airport terminal. There are buses from the airport to the bus terminal on the outskirts of town, and you can then take a shuttle service into the city center.

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