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The Caribbean of Cartagena de Indias
Imagine a warm and starry night, the soft breeze from the Caribbean caressing the skin. After a good dinner, there is nothing better to do than taking a walk through the old city under the light of colonial streetlamps. This is Cartagena de Indias, the former 'Cartagena del Poniente' (Cartagena of the Sunset), the amazing city that preserves the walls that protected it from the menacing pirates, famous for its charming beaches.
A night in Cartagena leads to the well-known areas of Bocagrande, Arsenal and Corralito de Piedra, where you will find the best bars, casinos and music. During the daytime, the city breathes a special mixture of history and a tropical holiday atmosphere.
Life here began in 1533 after its founding by the Spaniard Don Pedro de Heredia. Several fortifications were built to keep pirates and corsairs at bay who were attracted to this place for its strategic location. Today, it offers well-preserved colonial architecture as one of its chief attractions. Its walls, monuments, churches and castles will impress any visitor and soak them in a glorious past. Many sites have been given the status of World Historical Heritage.
Take a look into the port that receives cruise-shiploads of visitors from all over the world. Then it is time for diving, fishing, water sports, swimming and sun tanning along 20 km of beach found in Cartagena. Away from the beach and sand, there is shopping to be done in the craft market at Las Bóvedas, or take a look around the San Felipe castle, the Museum of Inquisition and La Popa Monastery.
But that's not all! There are several exotic islets inside the bay of Cartagena and a great underwater world. Rosario Island, Baru and Tierrabomba are the most visited for their crystal-clear waters, white sand, colorful fish, colonial history, restaurants and entertainment.