When you visit Cartagena de Indias, your first stop will most likely be the historic center, also known as the Walled City. While the Walled City may be a highlight of Cartagena, it is also the area most crowded with tourists. If you are looking for ways to experience Cartagena like a local and escape the tourist crowds, you’ll need to explore beyond the walls of the center.
Here are 5 things to do off the beaten tourist path in Cartagena to help you get started:
1. Stroll Along the Bay in Castillogrande
Castillogrande is an upscale residential neighborhood located just 10 minutes from the Walled City. It sits directly on Cartagena’s bay and features a long pedestrian walkway along the water. In the early morning and evening, residents of the neighborhood clamber onto the well-maintained walkway to enjoy a jog, bike ride, or stroll with a great view. This is an excellent place to connect with local life in a way that most tourists never experience. Grab a seat on a bench and watch the people and boats come and go.