Colombia's Walled City On The Caribbean That You Can't Afford To Miss (Especially At Today's Values)
Jan. 22, 2015, Cartagena, Colombia: Cartagena, Colombia, is a top retirement option on the Caribbean.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
There are few things that I enjoy more than the charm and splendor of a well-kept Spanish-colonial city. The plazas, cobblestone streets, courtyard homes, and flowered balconies take you back to Spain's grand colonial era. As a long-time expat and writer, I've had the chance to visit dozens of the best colonial cities in the Americas. Among Spain's grand cities on our side of the ocean, I'd say that Cartagena is the most beautiful, with a lot to offer the potential expat.
Cartagena offers a unique cultural blend that combines the best of old Spanish America with the richness of the Caribbean. The courtyard homes and narrow streets take you back to old Spain, while the bright colors of the houses add a Caribbean flair. The traditional Colombian cuisine in places like Cafetería Bocaditos may be reminiscent of Madrid, but the women walking about with giant trays of fresh fruit balanced on their heads remind you that you're on the shores of the Caribbean.
Restaurants are varied and diverse. You can enjoy everything from traditional Colombian arepas from a street vendor or fine Italian dining at Enoteca on Plaza Santa Teresa to a traditional Cuban ropa vieja or a Middle Eastern kibbe.
Cartagena is not only an example of Spanish-colonial splendor, but it's also one of the world's few remaining walled cities, surrounded by almost 7 miles of massive stone wall. And if you like the sea, sun, and sand, you'll be more interested in Cartagena's many attractive beach areas just a few minutes away by cab.
From a practical perspective, Cartagena gets high marks. The infrastructure is great—the water drinkable, the streets well-maintained, the Internet high-speed, and the international airport just minutes away.