Located on the northwest tip of South America, between Venezuela, Brazil, and Panama, Columbia is the fourth-largest country in South America, and the only one with coasts on both the Pacific and Caribbean. The official language is Spanish.
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Cartagena faces west towards the Caribbean Sea. To the south is the Bay of Cartagena, which has two entrances: Bocachica in the south, and Bocagrande in the north. During the 16th and 17th centuries, Cartagena was a prime target for English and French pirates. Many of Cartagena’s fortifications still stand: the Castle of San Felipe, built between 1536 and 1657; the walls around the Old City (las Murallas); the undersea wall across Bocagrande built between 1771 and 1778; and the forts of San Jose and San Fernando, built between 1751 and 1759 at Bocachica.
Many colonial buildings can be found in the Old City, including the Palace of the Inquisition, a cathedral, the Convent of Santa Clara (now a hotel) and a Jesuit college. St. Peter Claver patron saint of the slaves worked in and from the Jesuit College. Just outside the city walls, you can see the “India Catalina” statue, a local Indian hero. On it’s beaches, you can usually find some unconscious binge-drinking Gringos, also resembling stone statues.
If it is beaches and warm Caribbean waters you are after, not far from Cartagena are crystal clear waters and magnificent reefs. Unfortunately, the hidden meaning here is the water and beach is elsewhere. Cartagena’s is one of Colombia’s major seaports, located next to the major oil pipelines. They can claim whatever they want, but this is not conducive to a gorgeous beach. The sand in Cartagena is dark and nasty, and the water is filthy. Who gives a flying fuck. You’re view is fantastic in your beach chair ($2 a day rental), you’re slamming your tenth umbrella drink, and girls flock to you looking either to practice their English, or to sleep with some Englishman, or both. If you have problems picking up girls, just tell the beach tout you want one, and in minutes he will have some contestants parading in front of you for your shopping pleasure.
Offshore, there is abundant marine life, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving alike. Cartagena is a quaint fishing town, and its Old City is somewhat reminiscent of Cuba, with the beautiful Old Spanish architecture in gorgeous pastel colors, as well as breathtaking cathedrals. The busiest season is Dec-Feb, when Columbians take their vacations. Hotels can fill up so plan ahead. Also, plan ahead and do some research, make sure you don’t go on one of Cartagena’s 3-day weekend events, as well as during
Christmas time. A large majority of girls go home to visit their family. (www.cartagenainfo.com/english/index.htmI ) (www.discovercartagena.com )
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