Looking for a new vacation destination? Consider booking a trip to Cartagena, Colombia! Airline, JetBlue, has four hour direct flights out of New York City, and there are many lodging options for varied budgets. The Intercontinental boasts spacious rooms, and a rooftop infinity pool.
Cartagena is known for it’s colorful architecture and street art. Make sure to visit the neighborhood of Getsemani to see the gorgeous buildings and graffiti.
While Cartagena is on the Pacific Ocean, the local beaches leave a bit to be desired. Make sure to book a trip to nearby Rosario Islands. There you will experience clear blue waters and opportunities for swimming and snorkeling.
Last minute advice: Make sure to plan your day with afternoon siestas in mind. Most establishments are closed between the hours of 12-3pm. Since American tourism to Cartagena is still fairly new, most of the locals do not speak English, so be sure to brush up on your Spanish before you go!
By Adrien Clomax, 2016-17 Topics & Trends staff member