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Make the most of your vacation at these renowned places in Cartagena.
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A family-friendly and renowned pizzeria just 15 minutes north of downtown Cartagena, this joint is known for combining Italian dishes with local tastes. Some favorites are the grigliata di pesce (grilled fish), pasta carbonara, and ensalada maestro (greens with shrimp, avocado, and cherry tomatoes).
The husband and wife chef team also create Cartagena preferences like a calzone with caramelized pineapple, shredded chicken with bechamel-like sauce on pasta and pizza, and fries topped with chorizo.
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If you’re looking for a place to stay, Casa San Agustín is your best bet. This luxury 5-star hotel is located in the space of what used to be three large former colonial mansions. The rooms are stunning, the pool is gorgeous, and the hotel is also home to Alma, one of the city’s best restaurants.
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Make a day of it and head over to Rosario Islands, one of the most incredible places near Cartagena. You’ll find one of the most remarkable ecosystems worldwide with crystal clear water, breathtaking landscapes, and fascinating coral formations. Bring some sunscreen, water, and enjoy the day and tropical marine life on Rosario Islands.
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Alquímico is known as one of the hottest bars in modern Cartagena thanks to the best mixologists and three stories of a tropical, cool ambiance. Alquímico is located inside a restored colonial mansion and features a beautiful rooftop terrace alongside a second-floor lounge with vintage couches. From the first floor to the third, the party and vibe get more lively the higher you go.
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For an exciting night in town, hit up what’s referred to as the most “Caribbean” nightclub in the Caribbean. Bazurto Social Club is located within a two-block radius of two of Cartagena’s other top clubs, Cafe Havana and Quiebra-Canto, so the party doesn’t stop. The young and lively crowd goes hard until 4:00 am Thursday to Saturday with help from the live champeta band keeping the groove alive.
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