Unveiling the Vibrant Nights of Cartagena: A Guide to Nightlife Hotspots

Cartagena is renowned for its thriving nightlife scene. The warm Caribbean nights and tropical vibes all year round make the perfect mix for a night to remember.

While many come to the Colombian coast for the beaches, islands, and warm weather, many others also flock to Cartagena to enjoy the nightlife events and nightclubs. Cartagena is the proud home of award-winning bars and restaurants. Every night of the week, hundreds of people take to the streets to dance, drink, and revel in the delights of the city. No matter which month of the year you plan to be in Cartagena, you’re bound to encounter something fun and memorable, which will have you booking your next flight back to Colombia before you’ve even arrived back home.

The best bars and clubs in Cartagena

Cartagena has many award-winning bars that offer tasty craft cocktails, live DJs, and impeccable vibes. One of our favorites is Alquímico, a three-story colonial townhouse with two different ambiances. Their mixologists make liquid art, and use creative ingredients and flavors. Right opposite, you will find La Jugada, a stylish nightclub with a rooftop bar. Keep an eye out for the fireworks and performances that take place on the roof after midnight. We also love La Movida, the place for all the beautiful people of Cartagena to see and be seen. With multiple ambiances and an outdoor terrace, La Movida will have you boogying all night long. When these clubs close, head to El Pasquín, another of Cartagena’s hottest nightclubs, which opens until 4 a.m. These places are some of the most high-class bars and clubs in Cartagena, so rock your hottest ‘fits and leave the sandals for the beach.

Alternative Nightclubs in Cartagena 

If you’re looking for a different vibe, head to Casa Cruxada. This nightclub-cum-restaurant attracts Cartagena’s alternative crowd. Located in an antique, crumbling building, with its trademark deliberately wonky window, you can enjoy different live DJs every night of the week. You will mainly hear electronic, house, and tropical beats. Or for something totally different and super fun for bachelorette or bachelor parties, make a reservation at Seven 7 Times. With multiple ambiences, from tropical, to urban, to cantina, there is something for everyone. Our favorite has to be the live burlesque show they do in the main salon, which is steaming hot and super entertaining.

Want more information on the best bars and clubs in Cartagena? Click here to get the full scoop in our other blog post and contact us if you want to build a custom itinerary while you are in Cartagena.

Events and Festivals in Cartagena 

Whilst the majority of major music festivals and concerts in Colombia tend to take place in Bogotá and Medellín, Cartagena has its fair share of events throughout the year.

The Wild Brunch – The wildest live music festival of the year

The Wild Brunch is one of the biggest events of the year, usually taking place a few nights before New Year’s Eve. With the arrival of the giant inflatable rubber duck perched in the Convention Center, the fun begins. See the hottest Latin and international artists and DJs in this surreal, colorful, explosion of sequins and fun. The costumes, makeup, dancers, and general vibes of this crazy festival are trippy and surreal. It is truly one of the best ways to end the year. This event takes place on the water’s edge, and you can even rent a boat slip to park your yacht right up next to the DJ.

New Year’s Eve – An unmissable party in Cartagena

 Of course, New Year’s Eve, just a night or two after the Wild Brunch party, is another one of the biggest events of the year in Cartagena. The whole city lights up in a giant street party, and all the hottest bars and clubs in town (see above) become hosts to incredible parties. Buy your New Year’s Eve tickets early because the best places always sell out. Make sure you leave plenty of time for wandering the balmy streets too. Soak up the best vibes at one of the peak times for nightlife in Cartagena. Contact the Two Travel concierge team today to get the latest info and tickets for New Year’s in Cartagena 2023.

Wakanda Festival – For the hottest Afrobeat vibes

If you’re into Afrobeat, Dancehall, and Champeta, Wakanda Fest is the one for you. This super cool urban music festival takes place right on the beach, for the ultimate Cartagena experience. Appreciate the best of Cartagena’s thriving local music scene and take the opportunity to dress up in your hottest outfit. The spirit of Africa is alive and thriving in Cartagena and can be found at Wakanda Fest.

November Independence Parade of Cartagena – for the Carnival seekers

If you find yourself in Cartagena around the week of the 11th of November, you will inevitably come across the Independence Parade and celebrations. These are enormous, carnivalesque parties that take place across the entire city to celebrate the independence of Cartagena. Colombia’s national beauty contest to crown “Miss Colombia” also takes place during this week. The parade is an incredible sight to behold; the main streets are closed and hundreds of dancers and performers parade down the street, with day parties turning into night. Don’t wear your best clothes if you join these street parties, as things can get messy! Locals love to spray foam and throw cornstarch and blue powder paint. Put on your oldest pair of sneakers, leave your valuables at home, and join in the fun!

Hot events at local island beach clubs – For boujee beach-goers 

Keep an eye out throughout the year for various events taking place at local island beach clubs, Fenix Beach and Blue Apple. They often host special events such as dinners hosted by local chefs, or beach parties with bonfires and guest DJs. With these events, return boat trips are often included. These beach clubs also double as hotels, so you can also book a night or two and boogie until dawn on a Caribbean island.

Tips for a memorable night out 

Staying safe in Cartagena is simple if you keep your wits about you and don’t make any foolish decisions. The center of Cartagena is a safe place, as it is buzzing with people at all hours of the day and night. As with any major city, it’s important to keep a close eye on your belongings to avoid pickpockets, and, as the famous saying here goes, “Don’t give papaya”. This basically means to not flash expensive jewelry or items in places they shouldn’t be flashed. While in bars and nightclubs in Cartagena, don’t leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers. If you’re staying outside the walled city and need to get a taxi at night, make sure you negotiate the price before getting in. You can also use reputable taxi apps such as Uber and InDriver which are popular in Cartagena.

Whatever you end up doing in Cartagena, you’re sure to have a night to remember. Perhaps you’re in town for a special event, like one of the many festivals that take place in the city. Or perhaps you end up in one of the many bars or nightclubs of the historic center. Either way, the undeniably tropical vibes of this coastal city are always on point, and Cartagena nightlife will never let you down.

Need a villa for you and your crew to crash at after your night out in Cartagena? Or a yacht to carry on the party? We got you! Contact us today!

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Medellin

Known for its warm hospitality, breathtaking landscapes, and lively culture, Medellín offers a unique New Year’s Eve experience that you won’t soon forget. Explore the best places to go, restaurants to savor, party spots to dance the night away, and nearby towns to visit while also diving into popular traditions. We will guide you every step of the way with tips on what to do, how to book in advance, and how to escape the crowds so you can have a night to remember. 

Keep reading to know why Medellín stands out as an exceptional choice.

Why celebrate New Year’s Eve in Medellín

Here are some of the advantages of celebrating the arrival of the new year in this vibrant Colombian city:

Perfect Weather
Medellín is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate year-round. Unlike many other destinations that experience cold winter temperatures during New Year’s Eve, Medellín offers a comfortably mild climate, ensuring you can enjoy outdoor festivities without bundling up.

Warm Hospitality
Colombians are renowned for their warmth and friendliness, and this extends to New Year’s Eve celebrations. You’ll feel welcomed by locals eager to share their traditions and joy with visitors.

Stunning Scenery
The city is surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, including lush green hills and picturesque towns like Guatapé, providing the perfect backdrop for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Diverse Entertainment
Whether you’re partying all night long and looking for lively nightclubs or someone seeking a more tranquil celebration with the family, Medellín offers diverse entertainment options to cater to every preference.

Dining Options for All
Medellín boasts a thriving culinary scene, offering a wide range of dining experiences from traditional Colombian cuisine to international fusion. You can savor delicious dishes at a fraction of the cost you might pay in more touristy cities.

Contact us today to receive customized guidance on how to plan and book your trip and have a New Year to never forget in Medellin!

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Medellin: Dinner Option

New Year’s dinner is an integral part of the festivities, and it plays a significant role in many cultures worldwide. In Medellín, as in other parts of Colombia, this meal is an opportunity for families and friends to come together, enjoy delicious food, and make cherished memories as they bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one.

If you plan to dine out on New Year’s Eve in Medellín, we advise you to make reservations well in advance. Popular restaurants tend to fill up quickly, and having a reservation ensures you have a seat at your chosen venue.

Discover some of the best restaurants here or ask us to give you recommendations. We can make restaurant reservations, create personalized itineraries, and even do your shopping. Get in touch with us today to enquire about Two Travel’s Concierge Services.

Midnight toast and party with Medellin locals

Medellín’s New Year’s Eve parties offer an electric atmosphere and a chance to dance, toast, and celebrate the start of a new year with people from all around the world. Whether you’re into the club scene, prefer a more cultural experience, or want to ring in the new year with a rooftop view, Medellín has a New Year’s Eve party that will suit your style and create unforgettable memories.

But with so many bars and clubs in Medellín, it’s often difficult to know where to head first.

Provenza in El Poblado is undoubtedly one of the hottest spots for New Year’s Eve celebrations. Its surrounding streets are transformed into a bustling party hub with live music, street performers, and a joyful atmosphere. Many bars, clubs, and restaurants in the area host special events and parties, making it a go-to destination for travelers.

We work with many party promoters, bars, clubs, and restaurants in Medellín. As soon as they start to release tickets for the hottest events in October or November of each year, we open access to you.

If you want to be first on the VIP list to access tickets, sign up today!

Best Bars to Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

El Social
The perfect spot for a traditional paisa (as locals are called in Medellin) celebration. You can either stop at their spot in Provenza and join locals and other visitors with a toast, vibrant music, and picturesque traditions, or head to the botanical garden which they have taken over this year to host a party you won’t want to miss.

La Deriva
Want a night night in style? This is the place. Perched on top of the Click Clack Hotel, head to La Deriva for cocktails and delicious food in an immersive and scenic experience. Imagine yourself dipping your toes in the rooftop pool whilst sipping on an Aperol Spritz… yes, this is the best way to welcome the new year!

Gusto Nightclub
Located right in central Lleras Park, Gusto nightclub will never disappoint. Nightly escapades at Gusto involve laser light shows, beautiful girls, and expertly poured drinks. It is a great option in this super touristic area that doesn’t feel like a tourist trap.

La Oculta
Do you ever wonder where the young locals go to party? What if we told you it was in a speakeasy-style joint, hidden behind a bookshelf? La Oculta is, like its name suggests, hard to find, but a total gem once you get in. This intimate club is small but perfectly formed, and its glittering chandelier adds a boujee touch to your night. Great to share a bottle of whiskey with a group of friends and listen to local Latin beats.

Where to Stay in Medellin for New Year’s Eve

Why stay in a hotel, when you can stay in a place of your own and celebrate in style?  Make a luxury private villa your home for a while, relax, and welcome the new year with drinks, music, and the best company while not worrying about a thing – our villas come with all the amenities you need and 24/7 security.  Just tell us what you need or find your perfect place here.

Special New Year’s Eve events are announced in October and November, and we can offer you first VIP access to the best accommodations with the best prices too.

Año Viejo Effigies
One of the most distinctive traditions is the creation of “Año Viejo” effigies. These are life-sized dolls or figures made of old clothes, newspapers, and other materials. People create these effigies in the weeks leading up to New Year’s Eve and then set them on fire at midnight, symbolizing letting go of the old year’s burdens and starting anew.

Yellow Underwear
It’s a widespread belief in Medellín, and Colombia as a whole, that wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve brings good luck and prosperity in the coming year. It’s not uncommon to see locals sporting yellow undergarments as part of their New Year’s attire.

Las Doce Uvas (the 12 grapes)
It is a tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. As the clock chimes twelve times, people eat one grape with each chime, making a wish for each grape. It’s believed that if you successfully eat all 12 grapes, your wishes for the new year will come true.

Walking Around the Block with Your Luggage
You are already traveling but take your luggage for a stroll down the block to travel even more in 2024. In Medellín, it’s believed that taking a brief walk around the block with an empty suitcase on New Year’s Eve can bring good fortune in the form of travel opportunities, symbolizing a desire for new adventures, journeys, and new experiences.

Lentils in Your Pockets
Another charming tradition involves carrying lentils in your pockets on New Year’s Eve. Colombians place a few lentils in their pockets to attract financial well-being and success in their personal and professional lives. This tradition reflects the cultural importance of economic stability and growth.

Other Activities To Enjoy New Year’s Eve in Medellin

Watch the Alumbrados
The “Alumbrados” is a beloved tradition in Medellín, especially during the holiday season. Alumbrados, which translates to “lighting” or “illuminations,” refers to the Christmas light displays that adorn the city. This tradition has become a source of immense pride for the people of Medellín and is one of the most anticipated events of the year.

The Alumbrados are spread throughout the city, with some of the most iconic displays located in central areas like Parque Norte, Parque de los Deseos, and Parque de los Pies Descalzos. Additionally, many neighborhoods and streets also participate, decorating their homes and storefronts.

Guatape and other towns nearby
Just a short drive from Medellín, Guatapé is famous for its colorful houses and the towering El Peñol rock. Start your New Year’s Day with a trip here, go to a coffee farm, or explore other lovely towns around like San Antonio, La Ceja, El Retiro, and El Carmen for a more cultural and outdoorsy experience.

This and a ton of other things to do in Medellin are waiting for you. Get in touch today to plan your next adventure with us!

What to do for New Year’s Eve in Cartagena

If you’re planning to be in Cartagena for New Year’s Eve, you’re always in for a treat! Colombia is known for its extensive festive New Year’s traditions, and Cartagena in particular offers some of the best opportunities for visitors to participate in the celebrations. Let’s be honest, Cartagena is not afraid of a party!

Each year, we announce the hottest tickets for NYE here!

We work with many party promoters, bars, clubs, and restaurants in Cartagena. As soon as they start to release tickets for the hottest events in October or November of each year, we open access to you. If you want to be first on the VIP list to access tickets, sign up today!

And while you wait for New Year’s event announcements, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Cartagena, Colombia for the turn of the year.  Get in touch and we will help you celebrate in style!

How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Cartagena

These traditions are a lot of fun, but you may still be wondering about what exactly to do on New Year’s Eve in Cartagena. If so, check out this list of the top 5 ways to celebrate the New Year during your Cartagena vacation!

1. New Year’s Eve Restaurant Reservations

If you’d like to ring in the New Year in style, we’d recommend reserving a spot at a Cartagena New Year’s Eve Feast. Several of the top restaurants, hotels, clubs, and bars will have special events, feasts, or parties planned. Many of the more popular events sell out well in advance, so be sure to book your reservations ahead of time!

Salon Tropical

Experience the Caribbean vibe in one of Colombia’s best restaurants. After their big hit in Bogota, Salon Tropical opened its doors in Cartagena to combine the elegance of haute cuisine with the best local flavors. The result is a menu you will remember for years to come.

Celele

This year Celele, one of Latin America’s 50 Best invites you to end 2023 with an extraordinary 6-course menu full of Caribbean flavors and live music, broadening the boundaries of Colombian-Caribbean cooking.

La Cocina de Pepina

La Cocina de Pepina is a staple of Cartagena’s high-level gastro scene, offering breathtaking food that lends admiration to costeño traditions, local ingredients, and culinary heritage like no other. This year, the team is coming together to offer you the best dinner party to enjoy costeño traditions and history. It’ll be an experience that everyone who comes to Cartagena for the holidays should have.

Other dinner options we highly recommend are these restaurants. We know they will all do something really special for New Year – Lobo de Mar, Carmen, and La Única. If you’d like to find out more about the restaurants in Cartagena, check out our Cartagena restaurant recommendations.

2. NYE Fireworks

One of the most popular Cartagena NYE activities is the fireworks and for those seeking breathtaking panoramic views, the rooftops of Townhouse, the Movich Hotel, the Charleston Santa Teresa, and the Santa Clara Hotel are absolute gems.

For an enchanting ocean view, El Baluarte is an absolute must-visit location. This historic fortification, part of the city’s famous walls, offers a unique and romantic setting perched right on the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

Another equally captivating spot with an ocean view is Cafe del Mar, a legendary bar and lounge situated atop the city walls. This iconic venue is renowned for its breathtaking sunset views, and it becomes an electrifying hub of celebration on New Year’s Eve. For a top-notch experience don’t hesitate to head to Bocagrande and get a spot at 51 Sky Bar. Located on the 51th floor of Hotel Estelar offers an incredible 360° view that you won’t want to miss.  

If you prefer a more public atmosphere, head to popular squares like Plaza Santo Domingo and Plaza San Pedro Claver, where locals and tourists alike gather to ring in the New Year with joyous celebrations.

Wherever you choose to watch the NYE fireworks in Cartagena, be sure to arrive early, savor delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of this enchanting city.

3. Tickets to the Best Cartagena New Year’s Eve Events and Parties

Tulum party boujee bar

If your idea of a great New Year’s Eve celebration is exciting nightlife, Cartagena is the place for you! There are dozens of popular clubs and bars that stay open late on New Year’s Eve. Some, especially those in El Centro, host amazing festive New Year parties with live music. It’s best to head out for some dancing after dinner or other celebrations, as most locals won’t be venturing out to the bars until after midnight on New Year’s Eve.

If you’re looking to get a little bit more exclusive, we have the parties for you.

Special New Year’s Eve events are announced in October and November,
and we can offer you first VIP access to the best with the best prices too.

La Movida

La Movida Club and Bar is where the elite of Cartagena hang out. Often dubbed as the “best party in town”, it’s a fusion of old-school American Speakeasy and Latino lounge. Slide from one room to another through the night – each one with its own vibe. This New Year’s Eve celebration will be epic, with performances happening all night plus a special guest and DJs in each room. You’ll also be treated to a delicious menu and amazing drinks. If you want to start 2024 at one of the best parties in Cartagena, this event is for you!

La Jugada

Immerse yourself with the best Cartagena has to offer. This event always brings down the house. With top DJs, fireworks, dancers, and many surprises, this NYE is one people never forget.

Casa Cruxada

This club was developed by the highly talented team that made Bogotá nightlife a mainstay.  Its dark ambiance and far-from-flawless decor only accentuate the perfection of the night this team will be throwing. Enjoy NYE dancing to international DJs with Tropical Vibes and Dark Disco.

El Barón

El Barón is famous for its cocktails and five-star menu. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in this beautiful spot in San Pedro Claver Square and don’t forget to dress to impress! Cartagena’s famous cocktail lounge will be sure to lay on live music, amazing food, and champagne! Get in touch and we’ll help you get tickets when they’re released!

Alquimico

Another favorite place for New Year is also one of the world’s best bars. Alquimico will no doubt have an exclusive party planned, with international DJs. Tickets for a sought-after table on the rooftop will sell out within days of release.

Townhouse

Townhouse is one of the coolest spots in Cartagena and boasts a rooftop pool, so if you want to celebrate in the center of the Historical District, this hotel rooftop bar is top of the list! There will be an OPEN BAR and tapas all night long, plus great music from amazing DJs spinning house, reggaeton, and today’s top hits. You will have a prime view of the fireworks and more surprises!

El Baluarte

Celebrate the arrival of the New Year in style at El Baluarte Cartagena, where you can enjoy the most spectacular view in town. This venue offers a breathtaking backdrop for this special occasion. As the clock strikes midnight, witness the mesmerizing fireworks illuminating the night sky, creating a magical atmosphere.

Mirador Gastrobar

Enjoy the best of the Caribbean influence at their Tropical Glam Gala from the rooftop or immerse yourself in their disco to experience a wild atmosphere at the Jungle Party. Welcome 2024 from the heart of the historic center of the city of Cartagena, and under the starry sky let’s toast to a future full of hope and opportunities.

Santa Clara Hotel

Discover the magic of Cartagena at the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena, an iconic hotel where heritage meets modernity. Ring in the New Year in Mardi Gras style, with live music, Caribbean-inspired food with a New Orleans flare, and more. Do not miss this glittering, magical event.

We Are Us Party

Embrace the Magic of NYE Week in Cartagena! Get ready for a week of island adventures and unforgettable experiences as we ring in the New Year together in Cartagena! Our NYE Week is all about celebrating the spirit of the Caribbean and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Wild Brunch Cartagena

The Wild Brunch started as a house party for Colombia’s cool kids during their annual end-of-year Cartagena holidays and since has grown into the biggest party of the year. It has blown up to such epic proportions and become such a spectacle that it is pretty much set to be the best party on the planet. Safe to say, if you are in Cartagena on the 29th of December, you will not want to miss out.

4. Cartagena New Year’s Eve Street Party

Perhaps the most looked-forward-to Cartagena New Year’s event is the traditional street party in San Diego Square. Located in one of Cartagena’s trendiest plazas, the BYOB event includes live music, dancing, and drinks. This is one of the most popular events in the city and seating is limited. So, you’ll definitely want to book your tickets well in advance to make sure you can welcome 2024 at this Cartagena New Year’s party!

Note: Tickets to this event cost upwards of $75 per person. Information about the music line-up and other details of the party will be released closer to the date.

If you want to ring in 2024 the right way, you can bet that this is one city you won’t be disappointed to visit during this time.

5. Join a family celebration

As in all of Colombia, Cartagena New Year’s Eve celebrations tend to be much more family-oriented than they are in many other countries. You’ll find that most locals spend the day and evening at home with their families. Some of the younger members head out to clubs and bars, but usually only after midnight when the family celebrations are over. So if you’d really like to celebrate the New Year like a local, try to make some friends and get invited to a family celebration. Then you’ll be able to naturally participate in all the unique Colombian New Year’s traditions along with your host family!

While you’re here, why not take a deeper look at Cartagena? There are plenty of villas, private islands, experiences, and yachts to make the most of! We still have some villas available over Christmas and New Year. Get in touch today!

The Best Way to Visit the Rosario Islands

You are not alone if you’ve never heard of the Rosario Islands before. Most people who’ve not visited Colombia have no idea that just off the coast of Cartagena, there lies an archipelago of nearly 30 protected islands to rival the picture perfect Caribbean islands of your dreams.

The Rosario Islands nestle in a national park just an hour from Cartagena. The national park protects this important coral reef and the biodiversity that thrives in it. They are a must see for anyone coming to the Caribbean coast of Colombia. The experiences you can have in the Rosarios are as varied as the sea life you’ll find here.

This Two Travel guide to the Rosario Islands will help you decide what kind of trip you want to take. Discover when to visit, the best things to do in the Rosarios, and the things to know, before you go. We can help you with all your private boat rental needs. Simply get in touch to book a boat.

What kind of Rosarios Islands trip are you looking for?

The Rosario Islands offer a wealth of options for visitors who want to explore this beautiful Caribbean setting. Before you book, it’s important to know what kind of trip you want.

Party Vibe with Friends

The party you can have in the islands with friends all depends on your time and budget.

If you’re on a budget with just one day to spare, hire a speed boat for an island hopping party.

For parties of 4 to 15 people, we’ll take you to the best spots to swim, snorkel and hit the beach. You´ll enjoy a traditional fish lunch and some dancing on the boat. And you´ll have time to explore some hotspots like Cholon which is THE party place in the Rosario Islands. Or maybe the hotspot where locals are flocking these days. It’s called La Piscina.

For a simple upgrade, choose a yacht or catamaran instead of a speed boat. You can even hire your own DJ and chef. This is a great option for bachelor and bachelorette weekends. It also works for a pre-wedding event, or for friends looking for a spring breaks style day trip.

For a more exclusive party if you have more time, you can rent a villa on a private island. This really gives you the chance to kick back and relax, or adventure and party. Staying the night in the Rosario Islands is the perfect way to enjoy the turquoise waters and perfect sandy beaches. With a private boat, you can explore anytime, then come back to the villa to relax, or continue the party.

Tell us what you need and our concierge will make sure everything is arranged for you – be it the boat you want, a DJ and bartender for the evening, or drinks and snacks for the ride.

A Romantic Trip for Couples

The Rosario Islands are the perfect weekend away for couples. There are some incredibly beautiful places to relax, reconnect and recharge. Even if you don’t stay on a private island, if you choose a weekday trip to a small island, you may well be the only people there after the day trippers leave. Go for a sunset stroll or take in the sunset with a cocktail on the deck of a beach-side cabin, before an intimate dinner for two in the most gorgeous of surroundings.

Exploring and Adventure

If you’re keen to explore the biodiversity of the Rosarios, there are a wealth of options to suit any visitor. See the wildlife, coral reef or the mangroves in a kayak or on a paddle board.

Take a trip out for some excellent snorkelling or even better, scuba diving, and you will find yourself swimming with shoals of tropical fish in a unique coral wonderland. And if you’re staying the night, local residents will often offer you a chance to see and swim with bioluminescent plankton!

Exploring and Adventure

Relax for the day on a Caribbean beach

Relax for the day on a Caribbean beach

If you’re in Cartagena, without a doubt, you’ll be offered a trip to Playa Blanca. It’s true that the beach has idyllic white sand, tropical palms and incredible turquoise waters, but it can also get VERY busy.  If you don’t know the best spot, you will (most likely) be hounded by vendors. That’s not to say it can’t be enjoyable, but we know some better spots if what you’re looking for is an Instagram shot to keep or a day to chill away from everyone.

As well as the villas that are available on private islands in the Rosarios, there are plenty of beach clubs you can go to for the day (we can help with those all important recommendations!) Perfect for those iconic Caribbean Instagram shots in the warm, turquoise-jewelled waters, or on incredible white-sanded beaches. You’ll need to arrange a day pass or stay the night at these island hotels, but we can guarantee that they’re worth it if you’re looking to relax for a couple of days. We can help you get the best price – just get in touch.

What you need to know before a trip to the Rosario Islands

Although a day trip is great for a boat party trip to the Rosarios, to really kick back and relax, we recommend you stay at least one night to enjoy more of what makes these islands so very special. Most boats, whether you go on a tour or hire a private boat, will leave from the main marinas in Cartagena between 7.30am and 9am, returning at around 4pm, before the sea gets too choppy.

What you need to know before a trip to the Rosario Islands

As you can see, there are plenty of options for places to stay and things to do in the Rosarios, but do your research. If you’re looking for a quiet relaxing day, don’t head to Cholon or Playa Blanca. Instead, up your budget for a more luxe affair that you won’t forget.

Also, beware of gringo prices. Some tours, boats and lunch options are blatantly overpriced. When you’re out in the islands, there’s no choice to go elsewhere. So please choose a trusted operator who can tailor a trip to what you’re looking for.

Because there’s one thing we do know – the Rosario Islands are a great option for every visitor to Cartagena.

If you enjoyed these recommendations, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more inspiration for your next trip to Cartagena or Tulum. And get in touch if you need help with a boat, island or in building your journey.

Best Cartagena Bachelor & Bachelorette Party Ideas

Cartagena Bachelor boat party

Cartagena is a top destination for brides and grooms to celebrate with friends before tying the knot. With its beautiful landscape, relaxing Caribbean vibe, bustling nightlife, and wide array of fun activities, this city is the perfect backdrop for a great time. If you’re planning a Cartagena bachelor party or bachelorette weekend, here are our recommendations.

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Two Travel’s exclusive Concierge Service. As you prepare to revel in the splendor of Cartagena, allow us to elevate your experience with our bespoke services designed to ensure unparalleled luxury and seamless planning. Our Concierge Service is your gateway to personalized villa pre-stocking, responsive support available within minutes, and an unwavering commitment to uninterrupted enjoyment throughout your stay.

Whether you are looking for a crazy night out on the town for the bachelor party or a relaxing bachelorette weekend on the beach with private in house massages, Cartagena has everything you need for a fun and memorable excursion!

If you’re ready to plan your escape to Cartagena, we’ve got you covered. This list of the top six ways to party in Cartagena includes the best places to stay, what to do, and where to eat.

Stay in a Private Villa

While there are a lot of premium hotels and resorts available in Cartagena, we think you’ll enjoy your bachelor trip a lot more if you rent a private villa for your entire entourage.

Many villas feature exquisite 19th century architecture, private pools, rooftop views, and even dedicated staff.

Stay in a Private Villa

If you book a villa with Two Travel, we will offer you a private chef to prepare delicious meals for you and your guests during your stay, a full staff to provide daily cleaning, a professional masseuse, and a dedicated concierge to take care of any last-minute needs. At your request, you can also have a bodyguard to accompany you around the town.

No need to worry about spending hours planning a bachelorette party. We’ll take care of all the details, so you can just enjoy bonding with friends and visiting Cartagena!

Whether you want to spend your time exploring all that Cartagena has to offer or just relaxing by the pool in your secluded courtyard— a private villa is the perfect home base for your bachelor or bachelorette party!

Rent a Private Island

If you really want to treat yourself to something special, you may want to consider renting one of the many private Cartagena islands!

Our top choice for renting an island are the Rosario Islands, Cartagena – about an hour off shore of the city. These islands offer secluded white sand beaches, exotic palm trees, crystal blue waters, and stunning sunsets.

Surrounded by coral reefs, the Rosario Islands are as close as you can get to heaven on earth. They’re the perfect backdrop for a tropical bachelorette party, an unforgettable stag weekend, or even a joint bachelor and bachelorette party.

Isla Fragata

The best thing about renting a private island? It’s all yours, so you can do whatever you like, whenever you like. Throw a giant party. Stroll through tropical gardens. Relax on the beach. Go kayaking or jet skiing on the ocean.

Our private island rentals accommodate from 10 guests and come with a full staff who will cook and clean daily. All the groceries you need for your stay will be delivered to the island before you arrive. And each day you’ll get a delivery of fresh-caught fish of the day! We’ll take care of everything for you, so you can just spend your time enjoying your Cartagena vacation.

Take a Yacht to the Islands

Rent a Boat in Cartagena

Whether you stay at a private villa, rent an island, or opt for a resort vacation, there’s one Cartagena activity you definitely won’t want to miss out on: yachting!

If you want to enjoy a good party while taking in some breathtaking sights, renting a private yacht, speedboat or catamaran is the perfect solution for your stagette or bucks party.

As Cartagena is located right on the southern coast of the Caribbean Sea, you can board your boat directly from the Old Town. Then spend the day exploring the islands and coral reefs of Cholon, Playa Blanca, and the Islas de Rosario.

Finish the day off by watching the majesty of a Caribbean sunset on board before heading back to shore.

Too busy to think about preparing food while partying? If you rent a yacht with Two Travel, we can provide catering onboard. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your day on the sea! Find out more about the best way to explore the islands.

Go Clubbing

If you’re idea of the perfect bachelor party entertainment involves drinking and nightlife, Cartagena has some fantastic options! This city boasts a vibrant club scene complete with craft cocktails, dancing, and even live music for some special events.

If you want to enjoy some classic clubbing in a stylish setting, try out La Jugada. This club features up-cycled interiors, craft cocktails, and a dance-ready playlist. If you book a table here, come prepared for a stylish crowd and be sure to dress with an appropriate amount of class. It’s a local favorite, so spending an evening at La Jugada is a great way to experience the culture of Cartagena.

Cocktails and Clubbing in Cartagena

For an unforgettable and unique nightlife experience, head to Alquímico in the Historic Walled City. This innovative club features inventive cocktails, liquor infusions, and a menu that draws from local recipes and fresh ingredients. The menu isn’t the only reason to visit Alquimico, though! This club features a gorgeous art-deco cocktail bar on the ground floor, a roof terrace with city views upstairs, and a DJ curated playlist that features a variety of trendy music styles.

The newest (and coolest) kid on the block right now is Casa Cruxada. By day, you’ll find delicious food in the two restaurants on the ground floor. By night, the place is transformed with additional floors and rooms opened up for you to explore. This club / bar / restaurant is in an enormous, crumbling Colonial building that feels like it is coming apart at the seams, in the best way possible. Here, you can hear live DJs play minimal techno beats and deep house.  

Having difficulties booking a table at your chosen club? Looking for VIP access to the best tables? If this is your scenario, we can help you out! At Two Travel, we have established relationships with the owners and managers of the top clubs and restaurants. We’re happy to get our clients VIP access, no cover charge, and even sold-out reservations that aren’t available online or by phone

Contact us to find out more about VIP access to the top Cartagena clubs today!

Dine out – best for group parties

No Cartagena bachelorette or bachelor party would be complete without a dining experience at one of the city’s famous restaurants.

Lobo de mar

Visit Carmen for an intimate dining experience with a menu that features contemporary cuisine and authentic Colombian flavors. At Lobo Del Mar, you’ll find innovative cocktails and gastronomic creations inspired by classic Caribbean flavors and locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

For a bachelor or bachelorette party, we also love La Unica for a quality Mexican experience. It has a fun, playful vibe and has great music – from in-house DJs to live mariachi bands – incredible food, and of course a range of tequilas. Or head up to the rooftop at Buena Vida. It’s a stylish but truly Cartagenero seafood restaurant with an impressive cocktail menu, wonderful food and live music from some excellent local bands and DJs.

A Cartagena Bachelor Party or Bachelorette Beach Day

Why wait until the evening to party? In Cartagena, you can dance at any time of day or night, and we love to dance on the beach! Don’t stay on the mainland. The best beaches and beach clubs are on nearby Tierra Bomba island or further out in the Rosario Islands.

For bachelorettes, try Blue Apple Beach – not only is the food and drink spectacular, but the service is always special for brides to be. If you want a dance lesson, they will always say yes. Lounge by the pool or on the beach, and if you have time, get a massage from the in-house masseuse team. You will not leave disappointed.

For bachelors, head out to Bora Bora in the Rosario Islands. Every day is a party at this famous and very popular beach club. Another option is to take an ATV tour in north Cartagena along some of the longest beaches in the city. It’s the perfect morning adventure activity for any bachelor group spending the weekend in Cartagena.

There you have it — our top six tips to make your Cartagena party unforgettable! And if you’re feeling overwhelmed planning it, or just want to relax and not deal with all the hassle of getting people to the right place at the right time – call us! We arrange bachelor and bachelorette weekends in Cartagena all the time.

If you’d like some help with your Cartagena Bachelor party or Bachelorette weekend, get in touch and we’ll build an itinerary that you’ll never forget! Indulge in unparalleled luxury with our Concierge services—your bilingual local expert crafting tailor-made itineraries and ensuring seamless logistics, from pre-arrival to departure. Experience personalized villa pre-stocking, responsive 5-minute support between 8 am and 1 am, and uninterrupted enjoyment with inventory checks and swift replenishment.

Elevate your journey—book now and savor the essence of bespoke hospitality.

Drinks Tasting Experiences

 Drinks Tasting Experiences

First, pick your poison! Rum, gin, mezcal or Colombian craft spirits. Enjoy a welcome cocktail as you’re taken on a journey through the history of your chosen liquor, before learning about the aromas and flavors with a flavor board, and tasting five delicious varieties of your chosen liquor. We can also pair up these experiences with chocolate or tobacco tastings.

If you can’t wait to live this experience, our concierge team will make it happen for you, whether you choose to have it at one of the best bars in town (we have partnerships with El Barón, Members Only, El Arsenal Rum Box and more), or we bring the drinks and top class bartender to you with a private tasting in your villa.

Rosario Islands Boat Party

Rosario Islands Beach Club

If you’re searching for the best Rosario Islands day trip, look no further! Rent a private boat for the day and we’ll take you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Rosario Islands. We start early to get to some swimming and snorkelling spots, then head to an island beach for a fresh fish lunch and an afternoon of lounging or liveliness – you choose your vibe and we’ll live up to your expectations.

The Rosario Islands day trip is a private tour, personalized to you. It’s your boat for the day and you can always manage your schedule, however we recommend going early in the morning (9 or 10 am latest). It takes an hour to get out to the islands on speed boat and another 30 minutes to boat around and see all the beautiful islands, But we know there are many swimming spots you’ll want to enjoy throughout the day, so that 30 minutes can stretch out the whole day.

We can arrange catering on board your boat or lunch at a beach club giving you enough time to enjoy your Rosario Islands day trip without having to rush. A note for the rainy season especially – the sea can get rought in the afternoon and occasionally, the captain will have to return earlier than expected in order to keep everyone safe. Whichever day you choose, all boats have to be at the dock at 5pm in Cartagena.

For a more extensive Rosario Islands trip, we can help you find a place to stay on an island, and get you the best rates for a beach club near Cartagena. If you’re looking for more advice (and some videos) of what to expect in the Rosarios, here’s our guide to the Best Way to Visit the Rosario Islands.