The oldest port city in the Americas continues to enchant travelers with new openings, not to mention warm Caribbean breezes, Spanish-colonial mansions, and Afro-Cuban rhythms at lounges like La Vitrola. JetBlue launched nonstop service from New York’s JFK in 2012 and has just added a new daily route from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Clued-in cruise lines have been stopping here for years, and luxury hoteliers are angling for real estate.

The oldest port city in the Americas continues to enchant travelers with new openings, not to mention warm Caribbean breezes, Spanish-colonial mansions, and Afro-Cuban rhythms at lounges like La Vitrola. JetBlue launched nonstop service from New York’s JFK in 2012 and has just added a new daily route from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Clued-in cruise lines have been stopping here for years, and luxury hoteliers are angling for real estate.

SOAKING UP COLONIAL HISTORY – The massive bulk of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the largest fortification Spain built in the West Indies, makes it easy to grasp Cartagena's importance as a port from the 16th century.

SOAKING UP COLONIAL HISTORY – The massive bulk of Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, the largest fortification Spain built in the West Indies, makes it easy to grasp Cartagena's importance as a port from the 16th century.

Old Town City Wall and Puerto Del Reloj at Night, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena, Colombia

Old Town City Wall and Puerto Del Reloj at Night, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cartagena, Colombia

Deep Blue Hotel - Part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, this far-flung Caribbean destination is worth the extra mileage. Near-deserted beaches, traditional Creole culture, and kaleidoscopic marine life in the pristine waters. The 12-room Deep Blue features luxuries like private balconies with panoramic ocean views, while your Instagram shots of the restaurant—built right over the water—are destined to induce envy back home.

Deep Blue Hotel - Part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, this far-flung Caribbean destination is worth the extra mileage. Near-deserted beaches, traditional Creole culture, and kaleidoscopic marine life in the pristine waters. The 12-room Deep Blue features luxuries like private balconies with panoramic ocean views, while your Instagram shots of the restaurant—built right over the water—are destined to induce envy back home.

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