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Stay near Cartagena's top sights

Torre del Reloj118 locals recommend
San Felipe de Barajas Castle591 locals recommend
Fernandez Madrid Square80 locals recommend
Convent of Santa Cruz de la Popa108 locals recommend
Plaza Santo Domingo168 locals recommend
Walls of Cartagena78 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Cartagena

  • Total rentals

    8.5K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    4K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    4.3K properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.8K properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.9K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    258K reviews

Your guide to Cartagena

All About Cartagena

Cartagena is a preserved historic city on the Caribbean coast of northern Colombia boasting a rich architectural heritage, plazas filled with markets and street art, and pristine beaches. In the center of Cartagena is the city’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a walled city (or El Centro), churches casting shadows over a maze of cobble-stoned alleys, and preserved colonial architecture on buildings sporting balconies embellished with bougainvillea. Town squares are lined with historical landmarks and symbols, including centuries-old monasteries, mansions, and churches, such as Catedral de Cartagena. Puerta del Reloj, a luminous yellow clock tower, sits perched atop the main entryway to the Old Town.

A 10-minute stroll outside of the city walls will lead you to Getsemani, a trendy neighborhood adorned in a kaleidoscope of colors with numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, and art. Admire eye-catching murals as you make your way to the plaza outside of Iglesia de la Santísima Trinidad — a hub for street performers and vendors selling food at dusk.

The city’s shoreline beckons with pearly-white sand beaches, and gleaming turquoise waters attract swimmers and snorkelers to explore their depths. A short boat ride will bring you to other popular beaches like Playa Blanca, Isla Grande, Tierra Bomba, or the Rosario Islands.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Cartagena

Cartagena experiences a year-round warm and tropical climate. The winter and spring months boast pleasant temperatures with very little rainfall and cool ocean breezes ideal for exploring the city or spending time at the beach. The late summer and fall months see more rain in comparison to the other seasons, so if you’re planning to visit during this time, it may be a good idea to pack a raincoat and proper shoes.

The city is host to various events all year round, from film, music, and food festivals to celebrations of the country’s culture and history. Each spring, the Carnaval de Barranquilla welcomes over 1.5 million visitors to the largest carnival celebration outside of Brazil, where dancers parade in full costume, paying tribute to the country’s roots with music and choreography. In November, the entire town celebrates the day Cartagena became the first Colombian city to declare independence from Spain with music and parades.

Top things to do in Cartagena

La Popa Convent

Perched atop the highest point in Cartagena is Convento de la Popa, a convent built in the early 1600s. The complex looms over the city and offers spectacular vistas of Cartagena’s skyline and the Caribbean Sea. The complex houses a religion-themed museum and features a central square overflowing with greenery and bougainvillea. It’s best to take a cab to La Popa Convent as there aren’t any public transportation stops in the area, and the road leading up to the property is steep and long.

Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas

This grand fortress overlooks the isthmus of Cebrero and dominates part of Cartagena’s cityscape. Construction on the complex started in 1639 and was not completed until nearly 200 years later. Today, you can explore the battlements, bunkers, and underground passages that weave through the impressive structure.

Museo de Arte Moderno

Cartagena’s Museum of Modern Art, located in a 17th-century Royal Customs House, presents an array of rotating exhibits featuring sculptures, paintings, and abstract and contemporary art forms by global and regional artists, including a popular trio of contemporary Colombian artists.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Cartagena?

    Cartagena has a tropical climate with temperatures consistently between 75°F and 90°F (24°C and 32°C) all year round. The city experiences a dry season from December to April and a rainy season from May to November.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Cartagena?

    Visitors to Cartagena can explore the historic Walled City, visit the Palace of the Inquisition museum, or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride. The city's beautiful beaches and the Rosario Islands are also popular with those who enjoy sun and sand. Discovering the local cuisine at the city's many restaurants is another enjoyable activity.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Cartagena?

    The most popular time to visit Cartagena is between December and April, during the dry season. The city hosts several events during this period, most notably the Hay Festival in January, an international literary event, and the Cartagena International Music Festival in early January.

  • What are the best places to stay in Cartagena?

    Popular areas to stay in Cartagena include the historic Walled City, known for its preserved colonial architecture. Bocagrande offers modern hotels and stunning beach views, while Getsemani, a vibrant neighborhood, is renowned for its street art and cultural scene.

  • What are the best places to visit in Cartagena?

    Popular places to visit in Cartagena include the historic Walled City, the imposing San Felipe de Barajas Castle, the Palace of the Inquisition, and the vibrant Getsemani neighborhood. The beautiful beaches of Bocagrande and the Rosario Islands are also frequented by visitors.

  • What are some hiking trails in Cartagena?

    While Cartagena is not known for its hiking trails, nearby Tayrona National Park has a variety of trails with varying difficulty levels, allowing you to explore the region's abundant biodiversity.

  • What are some family activities to do in Cartagena?

    Families can enjoy a day at the Rosario Islands snorkeling and swimming, explore the city's history at the Cartagena Gold Museum, visit the National Aviary of Colombia to see a variety of bird species, or enjoy a leisurely walk in the Botanical Gardens.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Cartagena?

    Discover the history and vibrant culture of Cartagena on a day trip. Visit the neighborhood of Getsemaní and explore its colorful murals and street art. Take a boat ride to the Rosario Islands, renowned for their coral reefs and clear waters. For nature lovers, explore the National Aviary of Colombia, with over 135 bird species. Alternatively, travel back in time by visiting the imposing Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a 16th-century fortress.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Cartagena?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Cartagena. From over 4,330 apartment rentals to over 1,240 house rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Cartagena?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 3,950 vacation rentals in Cartagena featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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