The best things to do in Cartagena are near La Boquilla Beach

Located steps from the Caribbean Sea on La Boquilla Beach, Radisson Cartagena Ocean Pavillion Hotel offers you the chance to create a dream vacation by enjoying the area’s best things to do. You can spend your days in Cartagena exploring the historic Walled City, strolling its cobblestone streets and admiring the 16th-century architecture. Learn more about the history of Cartagena with a visit to The Vaults, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, La Aduana Square, and the clock tower. Step outside the hotel to spend a lazy day on the beach, or you can swim, snorkel, or try windsurfing if you’re feeling adventurous. After dancing the night away in Calle del Arsenal, retreat to your quiet room or suite to recharge for another day of sightseeing.

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Calle del Arsenal

4.17 mi / 6.72 km from the hotel
Partake in some of the area's best nightlife when you check out the clubs along Calle del Arsenal. Favorites include Dónde Fidel, La Habana, and Bazurto Social Club.

Heredia Theater

4.19 mi / 6.75 km from the hotel
Although the performing arts are the biggest draw at this attraction, the architecture is also noteworthy. Book a tour and be sure to snap photos of the beautiful wooden balconies, Italian marble statues, and fresco ceiling by painter Enrique Grau.

Castle of San Felipe de Barajas

3.79 mi / 6.11 km from the hotel
Considered by some to be the strongest Spanish fortress of all time, this stronghold is located atop San Lázaro hill and provides the perfect spot for snapping a photo of the cityscape.

La Aduana Square

4.35 mi / 7 km from the hotel
Take a break at the largest and oldest plaza in the city, where you can see City Hall and a statue of Christopher Columbus. This plaza once served as the royal offices for the Kingdom of Spain.

Palace of the Inquisition

4.36 mi / 7.02 km from the hotel
A former site of the Spanish Inquisition trials, this 18th-century building now serves as a museum of Inquisition artifacts, such as old church bells, pre-Columbian artwork, maps, and torture devices.

San Pedro Claver Church and Monastery

4.39 mi / 7.07 km from the hotel
Named after a Spanish priest who dedicated his life to helping slaves in Cartagena in the 1700s, this gorgeous church is home to a museum of Afro-Caribbean art.

The Gate and Clock Tower

4.21 mi / 6.78 km from the hotel
Built as a main entrance to the historic Walled City in the early 1500s, this iconic clock tower once housed a chapel and a weapons room.

The Vaults

3.81 mi / 6.13 km from the hotel
Built for storage in the 1700s, repurposed as a prison during the civil war of the 1900s, and now functioning as an art, retail, and restaurant epicenter, this site has a story you won't want to miss. Visit the namesake vaults before you buy souvenirs.

Zenú Gold Museum

4.34 mi / 6.98 km from the hotel
Visit this unassuming colonial building to find a vast collection of intricate gold artifacts from the second century B.C. Zenú culture.

Coachmen's Plaza

4.26 mi / 6.86 km from the hotel
Browse the marshmallows, meringues, and other treats at the Sweets Gate, or "El Portal de los Dulces." The Sweets Gate is part of Coachmen's Plaza, widely considered the most beautiful section of the old city.