By Jim Ferri
When I first wrote about Cartagena, Colombia I described it as being so different and beautiful that it was almost magical. It’s true.
Located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, it’s a mesmerizing little city where buildings flaunt a hundred Crayola hues and flowers cascade from balconies that jut out above narrow lanes. It’s beautiful and romantic.
Old Cartagena has plenty of good hotels, as well as modern beachfront hotels in Bocagrande, a narrow peninsula within walking distance of the old town.
See that women in the photo above? She isn’t dressed like that for tourists – it’s the way fruit sellers still dress in Cartagena. See more of this colorful city in the photo essay below (click on any photo to begin).
PS – it’s also very affordable and close to the U.S., closer to Miami, in fact, than some popular Caribbean islands. I spent three days there, which turned out to be the perfect amount of time.