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Bocagrande Beach. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Dec. 6, 2012: Kite surfer Ken Ruiz practices at Bocagrande Beach at the start of the kite surfing season in Cartagena, Colombia. (© Joaquin Sarmiento/Reuters)

Bocagrande Beach. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

T+L’s Definitive Guide to Cartagena

Lay of the Land Bocagrande: This narrow peninsula south of the old town draws visitors for its high-rise hotels and Caribbean beaches. El Centro: Largely unchanged since the 1600s, the heart of Cartagena is filled with palaces, churches, and mansions painted in pastel colors. Getsemaní: Cartagena’s emerging cultural quarter is popular with backpackers and street artists—and can be dodgy at night. Still, cool galleries and hotels have been opening in recent years.

Unshaven, smiling and reed-like in the Caribbean breeze, Andrés Montaño takes his newfound Colombian wealth in stride.