The Walled City aka El Centro – Closest to the most shopping, restaurants, entertainment and bars, this is definitely the area for convenience. This area is alive with energy.
Bocagrande – Only 3 minutes outside of the walled city, Bocagrande provides for easy beach access and stunning views of the Caribbean Ocean. Bocagrande has some great shopping as well as a couple of casinos and good restaurants. Make sure to check out the Juan Valdez Coffee store here as well as the Plaza Bocagrande for some shopping.
Getsamani – Known for its hostels and attraction to backpackers from all around the world, Getsamani is a great area for the traveler on a budget. Allure Chocolat (not a budget hostel) is our luxury go-to hotel when we are in that area. Getsamani comes alive at night with street performances. If you’re looking for great food from street vendors, this is the place to get delicious arepas and other Colombian delights. The bars and restaurants here are only 2nd to the walled city.
Santa Marta – If you’re looking for a night or two outside of Cartagena, Santa Marta is the spot. Located about a 4 hour drive down the coast, Santa Marta is a magical coastal town located near Tayrona National Park and some stunning beaches. This is the perfect place for a nature excursion considering Tayrona National Park is one of the most stunning places in South America.