Girls’ Amazing Weekend in Cartagena

Hi friends!! I just came back from a fabulous trip with my girls from Panama and I want to tell you all about it. If you like the beach, tons of culture, great food and a lot of affordable shopping, Cartagena is the place to go!

Colonial style kind of architecture, excellent beaches, great shopping, and a historic old town. These are some of the many attractions of this amazing Caribbean coast.

I went with 5 of my longtime friends from Panama: Karina, Leslie, Marilyn, Cristina, and Melina.

Girl's weekend in Cartagena
From left to right, bottom row first: Cristina, Marilyn, Melina, Nicole, Karina & Leslie

We all landed at Rafael Nunez International airport. You’ll find the building easy to navigate and will have no problem finding a taxi as soon as soon as you walk outside.

We stayed at a boutique type hotel called Casa Cochera del Gobernador located about 15 minutes from the airport and right in the middle of old town Cartagena. Check this out…we each paid $280.00 for 4 nights! What a deal! The staff was incredibly friendly and got out of their way to make sure we felt at home. Can’t you tell by the smile on our faces?


Interested in going to one of the many islands part of the famous Islas del Rosario? The staff at the hotel will be happy to help you book a day trip. We chose Isla Bora Bora and what a fabulous day that was!! Lunch and even drinks included!

Girl's beach time and drinks  in Cartagena
Welcoming drink at Bora Bora Island in Cartagena Colombia. From left to right: Nicole Karina, Cristina, Leslie, Melina & Marilyn

Lastly, we spent a lot of time shopping! My intentions were to only bring home a few souvenirs but…I was terribly influenced by my girlfriends.. ;).

On the shopping note, keep in mind that if you bring US dollars to Colombia, your money will go a long way once exchanged into pesos.

What do you think? Is Cartagena in your bucket list? I’d love to hear from you and let me know if you have questions. For now, below are a few more pictures of our wonderful trip!

Food and drinks with friends in Cartagena
Mid day appetizers and drinks
Dressed up and ready to party in Cartagena
Ready for a night out!
Girls' weekend in Cartagena
High on ice cream! 🙂

Thank you for reading and until next time!


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