Explore Attractions near This Cartagena Beach Hotel
An ideal destination for your Caribbean vacation, the Radisson Ocean Pavillion is situated directly on the magnificent La Boquilla Beach in the heart of Cartagena de Indias. Just eight kilometres from downtown Cartagena and the picturesque Old City, this hotel offers a convenient, accessible location only minutes away from Rafael Núñez International Airport. Attend an event at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Center, visit the magnificent Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, see a show at the Heredia Theater and view sparkling displays at the Cartagena Gold Museum—all just a short drive away. Additional activities include scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sunset cruises and Chiva (bus) tours.
Ideally located in Cartagena, this beach hotel is near the following:
- Calle del Arsenal
For a taste of local nightlife, follow the beat of the conga drums to Calle del Arsenal, home to lively nightclubs like Dónde Fidel, La Habana, Bazurto Social Club and Quiebra Canto.
- Cartagena Gold Museum
This museum houses countless gold artifacts from the Zenú culture, which dates back to the second century B.C.
- Clock Tower
Snap a photo of this iconic clock tower, first built as a main entrance to the walled city. It once housed a chapel and a weapons room.
- Cloister and Church of San Pedro Claver
Dating from the 1700s, this beautiful church is named for a Spanish priest who dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena. Check out the African Caribbean Museum on the second floor.
- Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas
Originally constructed in 1536, this imposing fortress is a must-see during your visit. It's located atop the San Lázaro Hill and is considered the strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards.
- Heredia Theater
Featuring gorgeous wooden balconies, Italian marble statues and a ceiling mural painted by Colombian artist Enrique Grau, this theatre hosts a variety of dance and theater performances.
- La Aduana Square
Once home to the royal offices of the Kingdom of Spain, La Aduana is the largest and oldest plaza in the city. Today, the square contains City Hall and a statue of Christopher Columbus.
- Los Coches Square
This nearby square is the most beautiful section of the Cartagena Old City and is a great place to explore colonial architecture and indulge in local sweets from “El Portal de los Dulces.”
- Palace of the Inquisition
Once the site of Inquisition trials, this 18th-century building is now a museum housing Inquisition instruments of torture, pre-Columbian artwork, old church bells, ancient maps and other historic artifacts.
- The Vaults
Set deep in the walls of the Old City, these cavernous vaults were built for storage in the late 1700s and were used as prison cells during the civil wars of the 1900s. The vaults now contain shops and businesses.
Local events include:
- Cartagena International Music Festival (January)
- Hay Festival (January)
- Afro-American Champeta Music Festival (August)
- Book Fair (October)
- Independence Day and National Beauty Pageant (November)
- Caribbean Cultural Market (December)
- Cartagena Jazz Festival (December)
- New Year’s Party (December)
- Caribbean Gastronomic Festival and Market (December)
Transportation to the hotel:
The hotel offers private taxi service to/from Rafael Núñez International Airport for individuals or groups. You can arrange this service through the concierge.
Transportation in Cartagena:
Taxis run from the hotel to downtown, with prices ranging from $5-15 USD. Fees are subject to change without notice. Main roads are well maintained and well posted, so driving (on the right-hand side) is a popular option.