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Cartagena Travel FAQ

How is the Weather in Cartagena ?

Cartagena has a tropical-warm and quite humid climate, influenced by the winds that blow between December and March, which give rise to dry and rainy seasons.
In this region, the rainy season lasts from May to November, with maximum precipitation in October, and the dry season between December and April. The average annual rainfall is 950 mm and the average temperature is 27 oC. The city has more than 2640 hours of sunshine during the year.

What are the Best Beaches in Cartagena ?

It is no secret that in addition to its colonial sites and its Walled Center, Cartagena de Indias has the privilege of having some of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia and the Caribbean.
The 5 best beaches near Cartagena are : Playa Blanca, Isla Cholon, Rosario Islands, Punta Faro at Isla Mucura and Tierrabomba.
More information : Best Beaches in Cartagena

Things to do and see in Cartagena ?

The city of Cartagena has many tourist attractions to see. Tourists will mainly go to :
– The Torre del Reloj
– the Plaza de los Coches
– the Sen Felipe Castle
– Gold Museum and Archaeology
– Plaza de Bolivar
– Bullring in the Plaza de Toros de la Serrezula
– San Fernando Forts
See also : Best things to do in Cartagena de Indias

How to get around Cartagena?

The city of Cartagena offers various modes of transport, Bus, Taxi or Car Rental, to choose from.
The bus: the city buses are available day and night.
– Taxi: the price of the trip must be fixed in advance.
Car rental: there are many agencies in Cartagena.

What is the best time to Visit Cartagena ?

In Cartagena, it’s sunny all year round. The sea breeze brings down the ambient heat at dusk. The tourist season extends over the first 11 days of November, then in December, January, February, during Holy Week and in June and July. In all seasons it is recommended to book your accommodation in advance.
– More info : Best Time to Visit Cartagena

How to get to Cartagena ?

If you have the possibility, invest a little more and fly: you will save many hours of bus that you can take advantage of on the beach.
Flights to Cartagena : Cartagena’s airport is international, so many companies have flights, which do not necessarily pass through Bogotá. If you are already in Colombia, Viva Colombia offers low cost flights from Medellín, Cali and Bogotá.
Buses to Cartagena: If you are already in Colombia, Cartagena is very well connected with the rest of the country, although trips are usually slow due to the state of the routes and traffic.
More Info : How to Get to Cartagena

Nightlife in Cartagena

When the sun goes down, the other Cartagena de Indias lights up: the city of bars, nightclubs, and nightlife which radiate with Caribbean joy.
There are very good bars at the Historic Center: Places like Dónde Fidel, Habana, Bazurto Social Club and Quiebra Canto showcase the Caribbean experience.

Where to book a City Tour ?

There are quite a few tourist guides available in Cartagena de Indias, but for the best tour of the city, the recommendation is to contact a guide that has been certified by the Tourism Corporation at

Where to Eat in Cartagena ?

Most of them are located in the historic center, but also in Bocagrande, Manga, Crespo, El Cabrero, La Boquilla, Mamonal, on the beaches and in the most popular tourist areas. There is something for all tastes and budgets.
More info : Best Restaurants in Cartagena

What to see near Cartagena ?

In the surroundings of Cartagena, there are various sights to see.
– The peninsula of Baru, located one hour from Cartagena;
– The Rosary Islands, perched on a coral base
– La Boquilla
– San Basilio de Palenque
– San Bernardo Islands
– Rincon del Mar (2 h Drive)
Mompox (6h drive)
Santa Marta (4h drive)

What are the local Dishes in Cartagena ?

Being an international city, Cartagena has a great variety of restaurants with Creole cuisine, in addition to those specialized in international gastronomy.
The dishes: Arroz con coco (rice with coconut milk), Arepa de huevo (corn cake with eggs), Sancocho de pescado (fish and tuber soup), Patacones (fried bananas), Seafood.
Desserts: Panela (cane sugar loaf), Dulce de millo (millet dessert).
Drinks: Fruit juice, Colombian coffee, Local beer, Rum.

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