Last month I had the opportunity to visit the vibrant city of Cartagena, Colombia! I partnered up with Spirit Airlines as they launched 11 new international routes from Orlando to the Caribbean and Central and South America. I often choose Spirit Airlines when traveling because their prices don’t compare to other airlines. Flying with Spirit Airlines, enables me to travel more frequently, and who doesn’t want that?
The colorful buildings, rich culture, and endless views make Cartagena a great travel destination!
We stayed in a cute loft-style apartment listed on Airbnb that was located in the heart of Cartagena. I highly recommend staying in the walled city; everything is within walking distance and you’ll get a more authentic experience.
Breakfast + Brunch
Cafe de la Manana - no joke, we ate here everyday for our morning almond milk lattes and avocado toast. It’s a cute shop, with very nice owners, and great healthy options.
Mar y Hojas Cocina Vegana - Whether you’re vegan or not, you have to try their burgers — SO TASTY!!
Gokela - Nice healthy spot offering salads and wraps.
Sinko Bar - delicious food, cocktails, and beautiful atmosphere.
Taqueria Municipal - OK, this place is hands down one of the BEST spots I’ve ever been to. The food was out of this world and our server Pablo was such a delight!
Gelateria Paradiso - Parisian inspired cafe serving up gelato + other sweet treats.
Gelateria Tramonti - Try the mango gelato, so delicious and creamy!
Fresh cut fruit stands + coconuts
Renting a private sailboat and island hopping is a MUST when visiting Cartagena! I highly recommend booking with Maria del Puerto! The staff and crew were absolutely incredible from the planning process to the day of the trip. We set sail on the 40-ft catamaran named Armonia.
Our first stop was Isla Cholon, Cartagena’s party island! We docked next to several other boats blasting music, eating, drinking and enjoying the beautiful sunny weather. Our 2nd stop, Playa Agua Azul, was the total opposite — very peaceful and serene. We wrapped up the day by relaxing to the most breathtaking sunset cruise back to the dock.
Before you go, freshen up on your Spanish! A majority of the people in Cartagena do not speak English so knowing some basic Spanish will definitely come in handy!
Get Colombian Pesos before you leave, not at the airport. You’ll save money switching currencies if you do it before you go.
Uber is not as popular here and taking a taxi can be a long process, so set aside enough time to catch one.
Stay in the walled part of Cartagena, you’ll be able to walk everywhere to experience the beauty of the culture.
Locals will try to sell you things left and right but just be polite and say “no gracias!”