Wander through the streets of “upcoming” hipster district Getsemaní. Here you will find cool street art and there is a cozy atmosphere. In the evening it becomes increasingly crowded around the central square. You will find many musicians, dancers and other street artists there. In Getsemaní you will also find nice restaurants (see tip 5) and if you compare it with the historic centre and San Diego it is a lot cheaper here . Tourism is also increasing considerably in this neighborhood, but the number of street vendors here is considerably less than in the other towns.
The advantage of Cartagena is that it lies on the Caribbean coast. The disadvantage of Cartagena is that it has no special beaches. However, I can imagine that after a long flight you need to bake for a few hours on the beach. And that’s fine in Cartagena; grab a taxi to Playa Bocagrande, rent a beachbed and enjoy the warm climate. Although there are nice waves (watch out for your sunglasses, mine drowned here) you can also enjoy swimming here. Also on the beach, the sellers are generously represented, so with this; you’ve been warned. Tip: download a chilly playlist on Spotify and don’t forget your earbuds.
If you are in the Bocagrande district, you can immediately visit the Plaza Bocagrande shopping mall. Here you will find nice shops and you can enjoy a beautiful sunset. On the third floor you will find a number of cafés, including our favorite coffee bar Juan Valdez (the Starbucks of Colombia). Get a nice cup of Colombian coffee there and drink it on the long narrow balcony, with fantastic views of the ocean (especially during the sunset!). On the top floor of Plaza Bocagrande you will also find a cinema with air conditioning. Dont’t forget to check their website, because tourists get extra discount in a lot of stores.
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