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Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

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Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

I am planning a trip for the end of August 2013 and am wondering where to stay near Cartagena to enjoy the beach and to go scuba diving. Is it better to stay in Cartagena and take speedboats out to Rosario Islands? Any recommendations where to stay in Rosario or one of the other islands off Cartagena? Am hoping for something in the $100-$125 USD/night.

Any help at this last minute hour would be very much appreciated!

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1. Re: Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

Cannot advise on the diving, but for your budget you might be best looking at places just outside the walled city in Getsemani.

There are plenty of 3-5 star more boutique hotel's in the old city as well that might be able to offer some good rates, but from what I was told, many of the hotel's in the old town were fully or heavily booked already for the rest of the month.

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2. Re: Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

For a hotel in your price range inside the walled city if you decide to stay there, try tres Banderas - nice place with an excellent location (182 k including breakfast / wifi per night). They have all sort of tours and English speaking staff so may be able to help you out with the diving. When we went to Rosario, the boat stopped at a great little island where they had a large aquarium etc - looked great for diving, however have not done it in this region. The docks where the boats depart from (just outside the walled city) should have more info.

In Getsemani we have stayed at Casa Mara before which is about 140 k per night (they have three hotels very close to each other).

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3. Re: Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

If you want to stay on the beach, you could also inquire about Tres Banderas' other locations. They have one in Manzanillo, which is outside of Cartagena as well as one on Tierrabomba, which is an island not from from Cartagena.

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4. Re: Diving and where to stay in Cartagena

Tres Banderas is a very nice hotel with very service minded staff and they were also so kind to guard my bag which I left at the hotel and everything was still there. They also can help out with tours and indeed also have a hotel on one of the islands. Do go to Playa Blance!

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