May 22, 2019 - May 23, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Cartagena is a very popular beach vacation destination, so you can expect lodgings, in general, to be significantly more expensive than they are in other parts of Colombia. During peak seasons, expect hotels near the coast to run from around $100 to $400 USD per night, especially on weekends when the weather is nice. During the less busy times, however, these rates will often drop to half that or less.
Cartagena is situated directly on the coast, with most of the prime beaches and tourist areas located on a small peninsula that extends off the coast and is surrounded by an archipelago. There aren't many other hotel options within a reasonable drive from Cartagena, so visitors are largely stuck with finding the best possible deal near the beach even if they're willing to rent a car and drive a bit. The trick to getting a good deal on a Cartagena hotel is advance planning and knowing when traffic won't be as bad. A good trick is to use the "whole month" search tool to quickly see when traffic will be peaking around the time you plan to visit.
Cartagena's peak season is during the Christmas holiday extending into mid-January, when many people are on vacation and the weather is nicest in the region. The city is also very busy during Holy Week, the Catholic celebration that usually takes place on either the last week of March or the first week of April, and during the school vacation season from around mid-June into early August. May through the start of the summer holidays and the period from late August to November are the low season for tourism, as the weather is oppressively humid and rain is very frequent. The best season for bargains is from late January until the rain starts in May, when tourism is relatively low (outside of Holy Week) but the weather is very nice.
Dozens of hotels are located along Cartagena's beachfront, mostly properties in the three- or four-star tier. You'll find the major worldwide chains such as Hampton, Hilton and Holiday Inn here, but most of the properties are either local or part of more regional chains. The farther inland you go, the less options there are, but the prices also go down considerably. Two areas near the water that are popular with bargain hunters are Bruselas and Zapatero, which have more modest hotels that tend to stay well under $100 USD a night even during busy periods. The fishing village of La Boquila located just to the north of the main beach areas also tends to have much more favorable pricing, though be aware there is also much less in the way of restaurants and amenities in this area.
Cartagena is a romantic city beautiful stone streets in the historic center and within the “walled city.” Outside the walls you will find beaches and some more modern buildings, especially around “laguito” which will make you feel like you are in Miami.
One of my favorite places I've traveled. The weather is amazing in the mountains, people are very nice. Its a great place to travel. Could definitely live ether in the mountains or on the beach.
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.
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.