A Quick Guide to the Hottest Hoods - A brief breakdown of Cartagena's sizzling neighbourhoods

The Hottest HoodsA Quick Guide to the Hottest Hoods

This is the low-down on the neighbourhoods, or barrios to use the local expression, that make up Cartagena.

Beach-lovers, history buffs, fashionistas, musical types, party animals and romantics alike can get the lowdown on where to eat, drink, chill and be merry.

Designed to help you decide where to stay in Cartagena. If you need any help finding your way around drop us a line.

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Centro

Centro
Cartagena’s nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city’s top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city

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San Diego

San Diego
A healthy mix of sub-cultures makes San Diego one of the most interesting and varied districts in the city, something reflected in its diverse gastronomic offering

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Getsemaní

Getsemaní
A fiercely traditional barrio offering a heady mix of bars, dancing, affordable diners, hostels and hotels for backpackers and bohemian colonists looking to mix it up with the carefree locals.

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Bocagrande

Bocagrande
After fifty years at the heart of the city's tourist trade Cartagena's Copacabana is still alive and kicking. The busiest of the city's beach districts has a host of boutiques, bars, spas, restaurants, casinos and cafés vying for your hard-earned pesos

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Castillogrande

Castillogrande
Rich and reserved, the towers and mansions of the exclusive beachfront district of Castillogrande remains one of the toughest corners of the city to crack

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Crespo

Crespo
Most visitors head straight through Crespo on their way to the old town from the airport. As one of Cartagena's best-kept secrets that's just the way the locals like it.

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La Boquilla | Los Morros

La Boquilla | Los Morros
Whether it's out-and-out R&R or the adrenalin-rush of kite and wind surfing, this expansive stretch of luxury condominiums offers serious beach-lovers the chance to top up the tan and re-charge the batteries.

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Marbella | Cabrero

Marbella | Cabrero
Keep both the beach and the old town close in this well-placed district to the north of San Diego. Keep fit with beach football or rent a bike to stretch your legs on the cycle route every Sunday

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Manga

Manga
A leafy, largely autonomous, residential suburb with a pleasing promenade and a lazy rhythm that makes it popular with a laid-back, family crowd

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