gay travel guide for Cartagena Colombia

Gay Cartagena – Ultimate LGBTQ Guide 1

Gay Cartagena – One of the Caribbean’s most gay-friendly destinations

Gay Cartagena a city that welcomes everyone and seizes you in its captivating grip. It has developed a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s most gay-friendly destinations. It is thanks to its friendly and open-minded locals. The vibrant Pride events held here each August helped! Gay travel here is all about relaxation and recreation. Do not expect gay nightlife to match other gay beach hotspots like  Puerto Vallarta, Mykonos, and Phuket. 

Medellin and Bogota’s raw energy and unbridled queer nightlife have not yet made it to the sleepy coast.  A trip to this vibrant Caribbean jewel is about embracing the hustle and bustle of everyday local life, getting lost in the streets of one of the continent’s most impressively preserved historical cities or relaxing in the sun with the sounds of waves crashing nearby. The two gay venues are unlikely to be a reason to visit alone. If you are looking for a clubbing holiday, look elsewhere.

Gay Cartagena city guide
Cartagena Colombia

Is same-sex marriage legal in Colombia?

Yes. Same-sex marriage in Colombia has been legal since 28 April 2016


With the legalization of gay marriage in Colombia, affordable prices, beautiful nature, and some of the friendliest people in the world, there has never been a better time to come and discover Gay Cartagena. 

The Ultimate Guide To LGBT Travel In Cartagena, Colombia

This is a safe city, but all travellers should take caution with valuables and watch out for pickpockets. Every city guide should advise on caution regardless of the town or country. And remember one thing, there are parts of the most gay-friendly cities or countries that are not particularly friendly to the gay population. Anywhere in the world.

There are many things to do here, from roaming the old town’s colourful streets to investigating nearby islands and white sand beaches of the Caribbean. We also loved finding a relaxed terrace cafe and soaking up Cartagena’s vibrant atmosphere.

This city’s charm is that the typical sightseeing agenda and box ticketing aren’t necessary. Just by being present, the majesty of this Grand Queen of the Caribbean will unveil herself to you. Still, if you need some help  – there are just a few of our favourite things to do in Gay Cartagena to get you started! If you have any suggestions, please get in touch with me or leave a comment. The very purpose of this blog is to share travelling experiences with the rest of our community. I appreciate any help you can provide.

Guide to some highlights of Cartegena worth considering

National Aviary of Colombia  – Visit the National Aviary of Colombia, the country with the most incredible bird diversity worldwide. Discover 190 bird species, 2000 specimens, and 21 exhibitions representing the birds’ natural environments and promoting sustainable and responsible care.

Playa Blanca Beach Club Day – Experience the most stylish way to enjoy the white sand and blue waters of Playa Blanca at Nena Beach Club. Enjoy food, music, drinks, comfort, and activities as you spend a day at the beach surrounded by Caribbean paradise

Bazurto Market – The Bazurto Market has everything you could ever need. It is perfect for adventurous souls looking for a glimpse into the lives of the people of Cartagena. Explore the traditional vegetable, fish, meat, fruit, clothing, and art market. After visiting the herb market, the music market, and the arts and crafts section, head to the market’s cafeteria for lunch. This is the perfect place to spend your time between breakfast and lunch. You can get all your souvenirs in one place.

Cartagena Colombia

Rosario Islands Catamaran Adventure –  Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park. It is a full-day tour from Cartagena. Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands. Here you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkelling, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colourful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch onboard while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day. A bar service is on board so you can enjoy various soft drinks throughout the excursion.

Beach Horse Ride – Go off the beaten track to enjoy a fantastic experience riding horses on the beach of Cartagena. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, free time at the beach, and lunch. Learn about and watch an exhibition of the Colombian Paso Fino horse breed.

Guided City Tour – Visit the Cartagena essentials on this half-day, small-group city tour. Hop on an air-conditioned van to discover the main sites such as La Popa, The San Felipe Castle, the history within the Walled City, and the Old Shoes Monument.

Sunset Cruise with Open Bar – Enjoy this 90-minute trip on a yacht to see the sunset on the bay. Grab a drink from the open bar of rum and coke, rum punch and soft drinks while enjoying good music, company, and a lovely crew. 

Cartagena Gay Beach – There is no unofficial gay beach in town, but ask around, and you’ll quickly find out that Playa Hollywood is where all the gays love to head for a day in the sun. Close to the city with plenty of umbrellas and snack options, this is a fabulous way to spend the day – and maybe make some new friends for later.

To be continued…

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