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Caribbean Charms of Colombia’s Coastal City

Since the singning of the historic Peace Agreement in a November 2016, ending half-century-long conflict. A record 4.4 million visitors came to the country 2018, up a staggering 300 percent from a decade earlier. When reaching 1 million travelers was a lofty goal. This surge in demand led to better international flights option, which should only continue to increase visitor numbers from abroad as long as the country remains stable. While Bogota remains the business and financial core of Colombia, more and more meetings now take place. Behind the fortress walls the city boasts narrow streets; large plazas; 17th-century churches; and row after row of charming restaurants. Boutique shops and salsa dance clubs.

Walking the pedestrians-only street of the Old Walled City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Compares to strolling the French Quarter of New Orleans. Bougainvillea flows from the terraces of the colorful homes, and under a historic Clock Tower. Local merchants sell candy produced from tropical fruits such as guava, mango, papaya and coconut. As an added bonus, Cartagena sits on the Caribbean Coast and serves as a welcome mat to a long stretch of the beach and warm waters for swimming. Within an hour by boat from the city lie the Rosario Islands home to the country’s only underwater national park. Snorkel or scuba dive and be treated to wonderful coral. Formation and large schools of neon-coloured fish. You also have the option of sea kayaking in the mangroves.

Hotel San Pedro de Majagua

Many business meetings takes place at San Pedro de Majagua finest hotels. Dress is Caribbean casual; usually men wear a nice short-sleeved collared shirt, slacks and shoes. For women, a colorful sundress is not uncommon. It’s hard to top the location and enviable space of San Pedro de Majagua first luxury resort,the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena. Housed in former convent that dates back to 1621. Have lunch in the lush courtyard under the shades of palms or head to El Coro Lounge Bar. The most popular non-alcoholic drink at lunch is the coconut lemonade, especially thirst-quenching during the humid summer months.

If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, head down the block to El santisimo. Owner and chef Federico Vega honed his skills at Le Cordon Bleu in france. Start with crunchy triangles of Camembert cheese, breaded with toasted sesame seeds over the sauce. Then move on to The Lord’s Pardon, large prawns with a mango, ginger and cilantro sauce. For desserts, sample The Envy, a crunchy tulip filled with mango mousse

Club de Pesca for dinner is a local favorite. Dine alfresco near the illuminated walls of San Sebastian Fort overlooking the city bayside. As the name suggest, the large restaurant is known for its local seafood, like fried red snapper or seafood stews and etc.

El Burlador Flamenco Dance Show

Cartagena knows how to throw a party, so don’t expect your day to end with dinner. The salsa dancing at Cafe Havana starts around 10 pm and doesn’t stop until wee hours of the morning. Couples dance around the bar and small dance floor to talented singers. If you prefer to end the night in relative quietude at one of the majestic outdoor plazas, grab a nightcap at El Baron. A cocktail bar set under the towering San Pedro Claver church. The options for upscale dining and lodging in Cartagena will only improve in 2020 and 2021 as both Four Season. As long as Colombia holds to the tenets of its Peace Agreement, you can expect top-shelf hoteliers and the numbers of travelers visiting Cartagena to swell.

Originally posted 2020-01-01 10:40:49.

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