My lasting impressions.....
Cartagena is trying very hard to compete with the other 'sunny destinations' like Mexico, Cuba, or the Dominican, but they are not there yet.
Our trip including flight from Cali Colombia to Cartagena Colombia and our hotel for 4 nights was about $600 CDN each. This also included our breakfast, but not lunch or dinner. The beach here was nice but we heard that the beach near the old city is packed with people endlessly trying to sell you stuff. When I arrived in Cali is was amazed how clean it was....however Cartagena is not as clean and the city reminded me a lot of India with garbage everywhere. The hotel was pleasant...nice service, good food, nice beach especially if you rent a tent and chairs, and well kept pools. The only negative was that I felt we were always looking for towels in our room and at the pool and there are no drinks allowed at the pools. Other than that I have nothing negative to say, however nothing really blew me away....
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