The colonial city is also known for its winding streets, water views, art, architecture, salsa dance and traditional Colombian dishes such as seafood stew and red snapper with fried plantains.
The city is now very safe for tourists. We recommend staying at the Charleston Grand Hotel or the more intimate Tcherassi, with only seven guest rooms in a 250-year-old mansion. This boutique hotel even offers a discounted rate of about $550 per night in February and March.
Another thing to love: Flights to Cartagena cost 25% less on average than a trip to Venice between January and March. This is according to data compiled by Travelocity.