1) Parenthood and Passports’ 10 Incredible Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia with Kids
This family of three discusses why Cartagena is a great place for a family vacation. For one, it helps expose children to a different language and culture. The one word they use to describe the city is “vibrant.” In terms of things to do, they recommend a family photoshoot in the Walled City, visiting the historic Castillo San Felipe de Barajas, a street art tour of Getsemani, a day trip to the Rosario Islands, exploring the Museo Del Cacao Chocolate, and so much more. They also offer a great 4-day itinerary! Read more here.
2) Travel Mad Mum’s Cartagena, Colombia with Kids
Karen, the mom behind this blog, writes about the colorful neighborhood of Getsemnani (outside the Walled City). As it was New Years Eve at the time, the area was busy and festive. She recommends visiting Getsemani in the evening for some free live music. She also suggests exploring the historic Old Town (within the Walled City). And, of course, she highly recommends a day trip to the Rosario Islands. Here, kids can snorkel and enjoy some beach time. Read more here.
3) The Roaming Family’s Things to do in Cartagena with Kids
Melissa, the mom behind The Roaming Family, describes her trip to Cartagena as one of the best family vacations she’s been on. Aside from spending time at the hotel’s pool, she recommends getting ice cream at the Gelateria Paradiso, taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, watching the gorgeous sunset at Cafe del Mar, and more. Read about it here.
4) World Trip Diaries’ A Week in Cartagena De Indias, Colombia with Kids
In this blog, the Walled City (a UNESCO World Heritage sight) is heavily discussed. It’s described as “alive, colorful, and so unbelievably beautiful.” Just walking around the Walled City seems like an adventure on its own! However, other activities are also recommended including a visit to the Choco Museum, exploring the neighborhood of Bocagrande, stopping for coffee at Juan Valdez, and purchasing goodies from street vendors. Read more here.
5) Campfires and Sandcastles’ The Best Things to Do in Cartagena with Young Kids
The family behind the Campfires and Sandcastles blog recommends some simple outdoorsy activities to do with young children. For instance, visiting the playground at Parque Espíritu del Manglar, enjoying the beach club on Isla del Encanto, exploring the Jardín Botánico (the botanical garden) or the the Aviario (bird aviary), shopping at the Mall Plaza El Castillo, and of course eating! Crepes and Waffles is the largest chain restaurant in Colombia, and it’s sure to be a hit with kids! Read more here.
6) Milana’s Travels’ Cartagena
This family’s blog focuses on their 4-day trip to Cartagena over Thanksgiving in 2016. They embarked on a private tour to avoid crowds. They visited a historic fortress, La Colina de la Popa (for great city views), and San Diego Square in the Walled City. Plus, they spent time exploring vendor booths for colorful souvenirs. The family highly recommends eating at La Olla Cartagenera at least once! Read more here.
We hope these blog suggestions were helpful in planning your perfect Cartagena vacation! Ten un buen viaje!
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