Colombia’s Pacific Coast is filled with color, culture and all the beauty you can take in. Cartagena Bocagrande area is like a mini island of its own surrounded by water. A short drive to Plaza Santo Domingo offers you great shopping, restaurants, and history all that can be discovered by foot, taking a walk through the walled city.
EAT. Don’t go to Colombia and not try ceviche at least twice. Grab lunch at La Cevicheria Cartagena (Calle Stuart 714), a local sweet spot that is small and quaint so you have to claim your space outside prior to its 1pm opening as seats will go fast and the line will round the corner. Most come for the ceviche and the drinks. The seafood paella is divine, coconut rice with a hefty amount of scallops, shrimp, octopus, and mussels each fork dive.
Watching the sunset over the Pacific is a beauty to see while dining on fresh seafood and delicious desserts. A night at Club De Pesca in the Manga neighborhood is a must for a fancy, yet relaxing night on the town. Outside seating is prime real estate so book a reservation ahead of time, its worth it. No one wants to sit inside while other diners are overlooking the night lights of the city. Bring a shawl or jacket for the breeze. The menu included a balance of turf and of course surf items prepared outside the norm of what Colombia is use to.
SLAY. Plaza Santo Domingo offers many outlets for any type of shopper. You can get your share of mochila bags, art, souvenir jewelry from all the street vendors. Or you can dip in fancy shops selling emeralds, filagraphia, swim wear, and clothing. One of our favorite shops was St. Dom (Calle Santo Domingo 33-70) a concept store filled with some of Colombia’s best designers, from lingerie to handbags this beautifully curated store is sure to have everything you need to feel sexy and practical in Colombia.
PLAY. Free fresh breakfast and beautifully crafted bathrooms and balconies add a luxury feel to Barahona 446 (Carrera 2 #4-46) in the Bocagrande neighborhood left me well rested for the first time during my trip in Colombia. The hotel offers suites with full kitchens and seating, as well as drink tickets for the night scene. It’s outside bar serves anything you wish up late into the night. Doubles from $50, including breakfast and daily drink credit.
In the evening after walking the walled city and haggling street venders stop by the central park of Plaza Santo Domingo to watch and dance with 4 dance troupes and a host of drummers interlacing Colombian beats and footwork into the breeze. Also meet a few friends to connect with for the rest of the evening as you walk eating ice cream, drinking and listening to live music.