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Enjoy La Boquilla Beach, historic sites and more

Located steps away from the beach and the Caribbean Sea, Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavillion Hotel is the perfect locale to make your dream of a tropical beach getaway a reality. You can spend your days sunbathing and scuba diving before dancing away your nights at Calle del Arsenal. Visit the spectacular, walled Old City, where you can explore cobblestone streets and 16th-century buildings. Cartagena is home to a variety of historic sites, including the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, La Aduana Square and the Vaults. Private taxis are available for easy transportation around the city and to the nearby Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG).

Attractions near the hotel include:
  • Calle del Arsenal
    Partake in some of the area’s best nightlife when you visit Calle del Arsenal’s lively nightclubs, such as Dónde Fidel, La Habana, Bazurto Social Club and Quiebra Canto.
  • Cartagena Gold Museum (7.8 km)
    Visit this unassuming colonial building to find a vast collection of intricate, gold artifacts from the second century B.C. Zenú culture.
  • Clock Tower (8.5 km)
    This iconic clock tower was built as a main entrance to the walled city and once housed a chapel and a weapons room.
  • Cloister and Church of San Pedro Claver (8.1 km)
    Named after a Spanish priest who in the 1700s dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena, this gorgeous church is home to the African Caribbean Museum on the second floor.
  • Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas (7.5 km)
    Considered the strongest fortress ever built by Spaniards, this stronghold is located atop San Lázaro Hill and provides the perfect spot for a photo of the cityscape.
  • Heredia Theater (8.1 km)
    Although dance and theatrical performances are the big draws at this attraction, the architecture featuring gorgeous wooden balconies, Italian marble statues and a ceiling mural painted by Colombian artist Enrique Grau make it worthy of admiration as well.
  • La Aduana Square
    Take a break at the largest and oldest plaza in the city, where you can see City Hall and a statue of Christopher Columbus. This square once served as the royal offices for the Kingdom of Spain.
  • Los Coches Square (7.2 km)
    Treat yourself to a little dessert after a long day of walking at “El Portal de los Dulces,” considered the most beautiful section of the Cartagena Old City.
  • Palace of the Inquisition (7.7 km)
    The former site of the Inquisition trials, this 18th-century building now serves as a museum filled with unique Inquisition artifacts, such as old church bells, maps, pre-Columbian artwork and torture devices.
  • The Vaults
    What will your friends say when you bring home a souvenir from a prison cell-turned-shop? The Vaults were originally built for storage in the late 1700s and were later used as a prison during the civil war of the 1900s.

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)
  • Caribbean Gastronomic Festival and Market (December)
  • Cartagena Jazz Festival (December)
  • New Year’s Party (December)

Transportation to the hotel:
We offer private taxi service to and from Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) for individuals or groups. Guests may arrange this service through the concierge.

Transportation in Cartagena:
Taxis run from our 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.