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If you're planning a trip to Cartagena and are looking for good advice on where to stay, this guide to the most interesting neighborhoods in Cartagena de Indias will steer you in the right direction and at least help make sure you don't get lost navigating your way through Cartagena.

In general, the best barrios for visitors to Cartagena tend to touch water or be in close proximity to the beach.

The city was first built on a series of islands in one of the most secure bays in South America. The walls built by Spanish colonists to protect the riches they plundered from their colonies have been beautifully preserved to create a romantic haven for modern-day conquistadors arriving on regular flights from New York, Miami and Amsterdam. 

Undoubtedly the remarkable charms of Cartagena's walled old town, make this the best place to stay in Cartagena, if not Colombia. Visitors to Colombia for the first time need to spend at least one night sleeping inside the walls that inspired Gabriel Garcia Marquez to write his most romantic novels.

In the old town of Cartagena there are three principal neighborhoods - Centro, San Diego and Getsemani. Each neighborhood has its own particular vibe and architectural style.

All three historical neighborhoods are very close to another, a maximum 15-minute walk, so booking a house or hotel here means you will have most of Cartagena's best restaurants, bars and things to do within walking distance. 

If you're coming to top up the tan, or looking for nature, watersports, meditation and rest and recuperation, there are plenty of beach districts to choose from.

Cartagena has 19 km of beaches in the metropolitan area as well as 27 islands to choose from - Castillogrande, Bocagrande, Marbella, Manzanillo de Mar and Crespo all have some great hotels and properties to call home during your stay in Cartagena.

Further south, the best beach retreats are found in Cartagena's principal private islands - Tierrabomba, Baru, the Rosario Islands and San Bernardo. Most of these islands are too small to label as a neighborhood as such although some do have enough going on to make an informed choice on which is the best to stay.

We hope this guide helps you to decide the best place to stay in Cartagena for you and your group, if you feel you need further help finding the perfect 'hood for you and your group drop one of our talented travel team a line and we'll be very happy to help.

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We really do know Cartagena and Colombia better than anyone else so if you want to make sure you end up staying in the right Cartagena post code tap up our talented team of travel advisors. 

They have cherry-picked the very best vacation rentals in Cartagena so you can experience this marvelous Caribbean city like a local. We’re on-the-ground, all-year-round so we can share with you all of our favourite Cartagena things to doplaces to eat, drink and relax. Don't take our word for it, check out some of our testimonials and customer reviews here.

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