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Escape with a beach getaway near Cartagena

Travel to the tropics of Colombia to embrace the Caribbean Sea along La Boquilla Beach, just steps from your hotel room at the Radisson near the modern port city of Cartagena. Discover the ideal location for enjoying top attractions, including the Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas, the Cartagena Gold Museum and the ancient walled Old City, home to cobblestone streets and 16th-century buildings. Within minutes of Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG), the Radisson also provides easy access to exciting activities like scuba diving, shopping and nightlife. Private taxis are available for easy travel throughout the city.

Attractions near the hotel include:
  • Calle del Arsenal
    For an exciting evening out, visit Calle del Arsenal, where you can hop from one lively nightclub to another. Stop by Dónde Fidel, La Habana, Bazurto Social Club and Quiebra Canto.
  • Cartagena Gold Museum
    Marvel at the massive collection of gold artifacts from the Zenú culture, dating back to the second century B.C.
  • Clock Tower
    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
    Admire the beautiful architecture of the Church of San Pedro Claver, named after a Spanish priest who in the 1700s dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena. Don't miss the African Caribbean Museum on the second floor of the church.
  • Fortress of San Felipe de Barajas
    Make sure to put this popular destination on your travel itinerary. Built in 1536, this imposing fortress sits atop San Lázaro Hill and is considered the strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards.
  • Heredia Theater
    Although the dance and theatrical performances are the big draw 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
    Visit La Aduana Square to see City Hall and a statue of Christopher Columbus. This location also once served as the royal offices of the Kingdom of Spain and is the largest and oldest plaza in the city.
  • Los Coches Square
    Explore colonial architecture and indulge in local sweets from “El Portal de los Dulces” at this nearby square, considered the most beautiful section of the Cartagena Old City.
  • Palace of the Inquisition
    History buffs appreciate the highlights at this 18th-century building, once the site of Inquisition trials, and now a museum filled with unusual Inquisition instruments of torture, pre-Columbian artwork, old church bells, ancient maps and other historic artifacts.
  • The Vaults
    Shop and do business in what once served as prison cells during the civil wars of the 1900s. The Vaults, set deep in the walls of the Old City, were originally built for storage in the late 1700s.

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:
We offer private taxi service to/from Rafael Núñez International Airport (CTG) for individuals or groups. This can be arranged 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.