Keeping the kids happy in Cartagena can be hassle-free, especially with a little help from This is Cartagena.
Don't panic we've got everything you need to know about having fun with kids in Cartagena and Colombia covered.
Cartagena may be as old as the hills but this former playground for pirates and swashbucklers has plenty to offer a younger generation hooked on the modern-day distractions of twenty first century living.
Stash the iPad and other handheld devices in the hotel safe and throw away the key and get your little treasures out there exploring the very best in children's entertainment in the city. From the
This Is Cartagena's team has also created some very special family adventures that combine the best family excursions in Cartagena with a tailor-made trip that takes in the Rosario Islands, a festive trip to the Coffee Region or a joyous voyage to Santa Marta and Bogota.
Here's our list to the best places to burn off all that youthful energy. From beautiful bird sanctuaries to fun-tastic treasure hunts and chocolate making classes there's something for every taste.
So whether you want to use this time get closer and share some truly special moments with your loved ones or you are looking for a way to get a grown up time with your other half, This Is Cartagena, is on hand to help create the perfect family break in Cartagena.
If you need more help our talented team of travel advisors can make all of these wonderful child friendly experiences happen or come up with some even more bespoke experiences to make your trip completely unique.
So if you're looking to make the most of every minute of your stay in Cartagena, or want to create a family trip that takes in Cartagena and the rest of Colombia, then drop us a line and we will get to work on the perfect itinerary for you and your loved ones.
If you're just looking to get some inspiration then read on and uncover our top tips to making this Colombian family trip, the best family holiday ever.
To help ensure your family holiday in Colombia is as smooth as your baby’s behind, we’ve put together our collection of beautiful boltholes for all generations and needs.
Stressed out parents yearning to control, can seek refuge in our luxury selection of top-line resorts with plenty of entertainment for the little ones and some wonderful garden and pool action to look forward to, while a secluded beach cabin on a secluded beach could be that back-to-nature vacation you’ve been dreaming about.
Ensure your stay is better all the way and book a stay by making the reservation with This is Cartagena. Not only do we have the keys to the best houses and hotels in the city, we make life easier for you with a complimentary breakfast, free airport transfer and a family travel expert on hand to take care of all the details.
Swim, sunbathe and make sandcastles in the Rosario Islands, Cartagena’s unspoiled archipelago of petite islands. Simply perfect for making new family beach holiday memories.
Want to dive into turquoise waters and spot exotic fish and coral on your very own floating vessel then arrange to rent your own boat and ensure that you add snorkel gear.
Prefer a boutique resort that offers activities for the kids and a cocktail menu for you, our travel team has got the best beach clubs on speed dial.
Rather elope to a private island without your kiddy-winks in toe, we can create an escape plan.
Whatever floats your boat, This Is Cartagena’s on hand to help curate the ultimate day on the islands for you and your brood.Find Your Beach Paradise
An eighteenth century treasure hunt that your kids will never forget. Let your special ones run riot through one of the historical monuments of Cartagena under the close supervision of our child-minding buccaneers.
Keep your little treasures safe and sound and away from the hand-held devices with a unique and fun way to explore Cartagena's rich cultural heritage.
Forget dragging your kids kicking and screaming through the city's museums, this fun-filled tour follows Cartagena's most entertaining pirate on a child-friendly treasure trail through the historic centre.
Laugh, learn about and live Cartagena's most emblematic landmarks picking up some special childhood memories on the way to discovering Black Beard's hidden loot.
The Cartagena Treasure Hunt is pure gold.A Real Treasure Hunt
For Peppa Pig fanatics who love jumping in muddy puddles, El Totumo mud volcano is a dream come true! Don’t worry, it’s not lava and ash-spewing volcano, but rather a 15-metre-high mound full of mud which makes for a unique Colombian spa experience and endless fun.
No swimming necessary, this mucky sea of mud is like a gravity defying bath for kids, big and small.
It’s not within walking distance of the city centre—in fact it’s nearly 90 minutes away by car — so we strongly recommend booking a tour to get there.
The best excursions include a shared transport that departs between 08:30 and 09:00 from Cartagena and a traditional lunch at the beach. You’ll be back by 15:00, perfect timing for your afternoon siesta.Totumo Volcano Tour
Cooking is not a chore when you’re on holiday, even less so when you’re in the Caribbean!
What with all the wonderful fruits and unusual ingredients you’ve never laid eyes on before, even can’t-cook-won’t-cook kids will want to muck in.
Our traditional Colombian cooking classes are a fun and flavoursome way to learn about the country’s culture and eating customs.
Tuck into a 3-hr cooking bonanza with a team of strong-willed Caribbean women and you’ll be cooking, tasting, feeling (and even singing) to some favourite ‘grandmother recipes’.
Who knows, your mini-me could be a future Masterchef in the making.
Relish a few precious hours away from hand held devices and reconnect with mother nature with a visit to the Baru Bird Sanctuary, a twitcher’s paradise that’s home to 135 different bird species.
From exotic parrots to impressive birds of prey and a fleet of stunning flamingos, this natural reserve is a holiday-calling families or any traveller looking to go off the well-trodden beach trail.
A trip to the bird sanctuary works well with a visit to Playa Blanca, one of Cartagena’s most popular beaches.
This eye-opening expedition into the other side of Cartagena is so much more than a voyeuristic peek into ‘how the other half live’.
Think of it as a real opportunity to immerse your family into a fascinating culture and show your little ones that there’s a real world beyond their PlayStation.
Led by a charismatic local hero, the trail starts in the bad-boy-gone-good neighbourhood of Getsemaní, takes in a street food pit-stop at the pulsating Bazurto market, a dreamy canoe ride through lush mangroves in La Boquilla and a visit an inspiring social project in the heart of the unpretentious San Francisco district.
It’s a fantastic way to experience the real Cartagena. Thoroughly recommended.
There are plenty of places to explore Cartagena on bike. From the walled city or the tree-lined avenues of Manga there’s masses to see. For small children, however, nothing beats a stress-free tour on two wheels around the historic centre of Cartagena.
Our Cartagena Historic Bike Tour is the greenest and most entertaining way to get around Cartagena for the whole family.
Safety always comes first at This is Cartagena, and we can make sure tandems and child seats can be rented for toddlers to ensure that none of the family misses out on a really fun-tastic way to enjoy Cartagena.
Our two-wheeled, cinematographic tour of the city includes special entry into some of the most photogenic corners of the city, and you can choose to go further off the historical map if you wish and visit Castillogrande's or Bocagrande's beach districts.
En route, your bilingual guide will keep everyone hydrated with coconut water, and you can stop over at a playground or finish off the tour a quick splash in the Caribbean afterwards.Historic City Bike Tour
Bring the whole gang to Cartagena's Choco Museo for a scrumptiously sweet and tasty chocolate making masterclass which mixes history and culture with tasty treats.
Big and little kids will jump at the chance to play Willy Wonka in Cartagena's family friendly chocolate museum that's bucketloads of fun.
This two-hour workshop will take your little gems on a delicious historical trail through the humble history of the cocoa bean to a full-blown chocolate making session, where they'll get to cook and decorate their very own tray of chocolates with a local oompa loompa.
And yes, you get to take the whole lot home with you afterwards!Chocolate-Making Masterclass
If you’re looking for a little guilt-free R&R hit the pool of one of the most famous 5-stars resorts in Cartagena. Hotel Caribe is blessed with the biggest paddling pool in the city.
This top end resort pays special attention to children and the shallow pool has been designed especially for you to enjoy the days splashing about with your loved ones.
Book yourself into one of the most kid-friendly corners of Cartagena with a pool, botanical gardens and poolside restaurant.
After loads of water action, your kiddie-winks can dry off in the child centre filled with games, or search for toucans and iguanas in the hotel's exotic gardens.Pool Day for the Whole Gang
It’s time to re-imagine the typical family holiday for an enriching travel experience the whole family will remember for a lifetime.
Whether it's taking in a sea of green in the Colombian coffee region, an idyllic beach stay in the Rosario Islands, the inspirational transformation of forward-thinking cities like Medellin, a voyage through the lush tropical mountains of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta or the cultural riches of Bogota, Colombia has all the ingredients for an unforgettable family journey.
Pack for a little adventure, a healthy dose of local history and traditional culture, beautiful beaches and mountains, foodie experiences and heaps of fun.Tailor Made Family Trips Plan a Family Trip to Colombia
We can help make all of these wonderful child friendly experiences happen and our talented team of concierges are on hand come up with some even more bespoke experiences if you need them.
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