One of the best bases for exploration in Cartagena
Just like Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro, Cartagena has emerged as one of South America’s most cosmopolitan cities. Located on the shimmering Caribbean coast, it appeals for both its relaxed beach vibe and its significant colonial history. Staying inside the heart of the walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, means proximity to the myriad balconies and cobblestone streets that infuse Cartagena with charm. One of the best bases for exploration is the centrally located Charleston Santa Teresa, a onetime monastery graced with both 17th-century Colonial and early-20th-century Republican wings. The 104 guestrooms, in tranquil shades of yellow and blue, have beds with striking wooden or quilted headboards. In some of the suites, hammocks on the balconies beckon for an afternoon siesta. Between museum visits and shopping for quality emeralds, refuel at the spa for a spell in the hydrotherapy massage pool or Turkish bath. Savoring a lemonade on the Santa Teresa Plaza is one of the city’s best opportunities for people-watching.