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Best Things to do in Cartagena, Colombia

I recently attended a bachelor’s party that I don’t think anyone else in my circle of friends will ever be able to top. My buddy wanted a destination where we can party in a club, on a yacht and back at the rental property. The destination was Colombia, the city; Cartagena.

We booked almost all of our itinerary and stays through HiCartagena. HiCartagena will accommodate all of your needs. This includes tours, stays, food/drinks, illegal stuff, and any type of entertainment. You get the picture. The prices linked below might scare some off, but it’s the price of convenience, safety and peace of mind.

Stay at a mansion inside of the walled city.

With 16 dudes, it’s hard to coordinate places to stay. We decided on a 15 room mansion inside of the walled city. This allowed us to party together but also keep our distances over the long week. I highly recommend going this route if you have the budget for it. The mansion came with its own maids, cooks, and security. Of course with Hi Cartagena, we also had our own host to get us what we needed.

Rent a yacht and party with your friends and other yachts anchored nearby

A 56 ft Pershing yacht was ordered for our group. The skipper and his first mate will sail you off to a nearby small island and anchor with other partying yachts. If I remember correctly, it was about a 30-minute ride out from the port. Don’t be afraid to order food from the local fisherman passing by. The fried fish is delicious after all that drinking. Remember to hydrate during the 8 long hours of partying.

Hop on a boat and visit Isla Baru (Playa Blanca)

With the weekend towards a close and our group size reduced, we rented a small speed boat to take us to the Isla Baru. It took about 45 minutes from the walled city on semi-rough waters to get there. Man was it worth it. I wasn’t too impressed by the Cartegena beaches but Playa Blanca was different. The water was a bright beautiful turquoise similar to that of the Caribbean. Choose from bar hopping or relaxing on the beaches. Avoid the beachside masseuse at all cost. They’ll start massaging your neck as you walk by and then charge you an absurd rate.

Visit the Walled City

Probably the most cultural part of the trip. You can walk around the walled city and see architecture that dates back to the 1500s. It’s super touristy so there’s plenty of shops, restaurants and bars to explore around this area.

The long weekend was crazy. If you ever have a chance to, these are the things to do in Cartagena. It was definitely the best destination for a bachelor’s party that I’ve ever attended.

Check out HiCartagena reviews on TripAdvisor. You can see all of the things to do in Cartagena Colombia through the HiCartagena group.

For more pictures and videos, see my Cartegena instagram story here.
Check out my Colombian packing list here.


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