History, culture, music, food and more will awaken your senses and delight both crew and guests in Cartagena. For yachts heading to or from the Panama Canal, this side trip makes a great addition to any itinerary.
Cartagena is unforgettable and magical. The Old City is definitely a highlight of any trip to Colombia. Club de Pesca, a safe and convenient marina in a well protected harbor, is located within easy walking distance of both Getsemani and the Old City.
We dropped our anchors and side-tied securely to a face dock (approximately 45 feet long). The marina has 24-hour security, a restaurant and clubhouse, a small fuel dock and ship stores nearby.The staff was helpful with everything from provisioning to dinner and spa reservations, as well as arranging transportation and tours. Crew and guests were entertained for several days with walking tours and exploring within the walled city.
Must see sights include San Pedro church and museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Cathedral, the Castillo de San Felipe, which is the largest Spanish fort in the New World, and the many plazas spread throughout the area.
Of course, the walls themselves make for an interesting walk and the most impressive part runs parallel to the sea with several options for sunset drinks. The city offers an array of dining options from street carts to fine dining and something for everyone’s taste. Be sure to try the empanadas and arepas de huevos, La Vitrola for music and upscale dining, and La Cocina de Pepina in Getsemani, a hidden gem with a fresh and changing daily menu of Colombian comfort food.
Shopping ranges from open air bazaars and markets selling handicrafts to top Colombian designer boutiques along Calle Santo Domingo. Everyone onboard can find something to take home as a reminder of this beautiful and historic city.
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Jenifer Mosley is mate on M/Y Dorothea, which set off in November for another circumnavigation of the Pacific Ocean. Comments are welcome at email@example.com.