Cartagena: The Ultimate Bachelor Party Destination

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If you’re looking for a single location for bachelor party that includes fishing, boating, partying, phenomenal food and drink, culture, experience and adventure, Cartagena, Colombia is the place. I’ve only been to Cartagena once for 4 days, so I’m not going to speak about it as a local or avid travel guide, but I’ll give you my experience.

I was fortunate enough to have one of my best friends decide to have his bachelor party in one of the most epic places on earth.

If you’re looking for a single location for bachelor party that includes fishing, boating, partying, phenomenal food and drink, culture, experience and adventure, Cartagena, Colombia is the place. I’ve only been to Cartagena once for 4 days, so I’m not going to speak about it as a local or avid travel guide, but I’ll give you my experience.

I was fortunate enough to have one of my best friends decide to have his bachelor party in one of the most epic places on earth.

Travel and Getting Around

Coming from Miami/Fort Lauderdale, the flight was a little over 3 hours and less than $300 round trip on Avianca. If you’ve never flown Avianca before, I highly encourage you to do so. They’re an amazing Central American airline and one of the few airlines left offering free meals and alcoholic drinks on most of their flights. On my 3 hour flight I got a full meal and a beer included with my flight, pretty sweet. Once in Cartagena, we used Uber to get around anywhere outside of the walled city and it was so cheap. The most I ever paid for my Uber was $7.50 and that was a 35 minutes ride from the airport to the villa, most trips didn’t even scratch the minimum fare rate which was $2.00. If you’re staying within the walled city, which most people recommended to be safe, walking is your best option. There’s so much to see and so much life and color here that you don’t want to miss it.

Accommodations

Our living arrangements were nothing short of epic. We were a group of 8 guys flying in from all different parts of the United States, so we decided that renting a large villa through AirBnb in the old walled city would be the best option as opposed to getting multiple hotel rooms and sharing. We found an amazing 4 story villa that had 3 pools, 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 chefs and a butler for $1800/night. Across 8 people that came out to be $225 per night per person, which was cheaper than what we were looking at paying at any decent nearby hotel.

Having this villa was by far the best part of our trip.

It was our little getaway. It was so huge that we could all get lost in the house and not see each other, yet still gave us an epic space to relax, party and regroup after a heavy night. Every morning we were greeted by a fully cooked breakfast of fresh fruit, pastries and coffee. We never even had keys to the villa, all we had to do was buzz the front door and the live-in butler would open the door for us, any time of the day/night. Again, if you really take a look at some of the photos and video from this villa, you can see why $225 is a small price to pay for such an amazing place to call home for a few nights.

Going Out & Drinking

Going out in Cartagena is an adventure to say the least. I’ll preface this entire section by saying that none of the 8 guys in our group spoke any Spanish. After a few drinks, we maybe thought we did, but we didn’t. I’ll also mention again, I’m not writing this to go over what going out in Cartagena is really like, just what I experienced, so take it for what it’s worth.

The first thing on any guy’s mind when they think of Cartagena is legal prostitution. Is it for real? What does it look like? Can you tell or is it hidden? Well, yes you can tell and yes it’s for real. In Cartagena it is legal to be a prostitute, and of course we all had plenty of questions for our AirBnB host about this. Apparently they have a “card” that documents the last time they’ve been tested for STDs and this is essentially their license. The card is only valid if the date was in the 2 weeks, anything past 2 weeks and they’re not “legal”…again, apparently. I won’t talk too much more about it, because I don’t really know, but it definitely needed to be addressed because it’s quite prevalent and obvious almost immediately.

Our first night out started inside the walled city and jumping around from bar to bar, rooftop to rooftop. It was really cool to see how the locals spent their night out and the Spanish music (reggaeton, salsa, bachata) was the standard for most of the places. After we found a couple of locals who spoke a little English, they pointed us in the direction of a few rooftops with house and dance music which was a nice turn up. We ultimately reached a point of wanting to party at a club style venue and got a couple of bottles at a small nightclub in the old city. If you want to know the absolute details of that place, shoot me an email because it gets a little too crazy for here. Since it was night one of our trip, I decided I would secretly pay the bill for the 2 bottles of Absolut vodka.

Two bottles of Absolut vodka at a bottle service club in Cartagena cost $104.

I was pleasantly surprised to see the bill, assuming I’d be paying $300-400 at least for what we had ordered. Some things in Cartagena are extremely reasonably priced, more on that later. We had a blast at this club and took the party back to the living room pool at the villa, capping off our first night with the boys in Colombia.

Adventure

We ended up getting so many great ideas for things to do from our AirBnb host that I wish I could put his information here, but all we knew was his name was “Joe” and only one of the guys had his WhatsApp number. He hooked it up with literally anything we could think of from boat trips, to emeralds (apparently they’re big in Cartagena), to good food spots.

On day 3 we rented a big cigarette boat for a full day to explore the Rosario Islands. The warm crystal clear blue green water made this a perfet decision for on of our “recovery” days. The trip cost a total of $1400 for the full day and included lunch, which was BY FAR one of the best meals I have yet to have EVER to date, no joke. Renting this boat was also a little sketchy when it came to actually paying someone, without even seeing a boat. We gave “Joe” $1400 and he told us to meet him at this dock by the old city. This probably wasn’t the best solution, because we literally just gave a random guy in Cartagena $1400 in cash on good faith. But, we showed up at the dock at the right time and…no boat. 45 minutes later he finally shows up with the boat, which looked nothing like the photos that he showed us before, but it was nice enough that we all said a quick prayer, hopped on, and we took off. The boat was full of beer and water which was great, and he headed out to the first stop which was Pablo Escobar’s house. We made our way around the islands, stopping at small sandbars and snorkeling spots that were small ittle clubs themselves, with plenty of other boats partying and playing music, mucho Miami.

By the end of the day we were all exhausted but the trip was so worth the money and effort. Cartagena is an amazingly beautiful city from the water, a cross between an old Europe feel and Miami.

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