City Guide: Cartagena

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From the second you land in Cartagena, you feel ready for a coastal adventure. The wood planked hallways of the airport are flanked by lush palm trees and the temperature is a steady 90 degrees. Uber works wonderfully here so you can comfortably and safely zip around town. Here are some of the best spots to eat, drink, dance, and shop your heart out in the city.

Eat

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Colorful, elegant, and most importantly absolutely mouth-watering, the dishes at Maria will not disappoint. Designed by Maria Pinto, the stunning pineapple chandelier stands out against the mural of a tiger and sets the stage for woven white chairs that scream tropical chic. 

Shop

  • Chiqi House Boutique: Enter a world of gorgeous woven lanterns hanging from the ceiling, colorful sandals decorated with pom-poms, and funky board designer board shorts. This boutique has the quirkiest and most envy-worthy gifts you'll find in the city.
  • St. Dom: The Barney's of Cartagena, the Colombian designer pieces in this chic store will make your knees weak. From Daenerys Mother of Dragons woven rope corsets to colorful silk scarves to die for, it'll be painful pulling yourself away from the gorgeous pieces in this shop.

Dance

  • Cafe Havana: Live band, a horseshoe shaped bar, black and white photos of celebrities who have visited from floor to ceiling, this classic spot is a must-stop.
  • Barzuto Social Club: High-energy dancers literally pull you up onto stage and (if being on stage is not your thing) also teach dance moves to a fully engaged crowd of people ready to get moving in this dive-y fun local spot.