There is no doubt that Cartagena is a magic city. Its cute and colorful streets, its colonial churches and its cozy plazas, make this place incredibly charming.
Cartagena is a top tourist attraction all year long. But besides being a great city for sightseeing and relaxing, it is a fantastic place to party.
This is especially true during New Year´s Eve when the entire city becomes one huge party. It is like a carnival in which both locals and foreigners go to the streets to enjoy the fantastic fireworks and party as if it was their last day on earth.
The celebration is usually divided into 3 parts: (i) the dinner, (ii) the final countdown and the street parties, and (iii) the after-party in a club.
For the dinner, Cartagena is perhaps the best option in Colombia as there are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from. Most of them offer a fixed menu for this night, and it is essential to make reservations in advance.
I advise you to book one restaurant that also offers live music to start getting into the party atmosphere. Additionally, it is essential that the restaurant is located in the old colonial center, so you don’t have to take a taxi to get there for the final countdown. As you can imagine, getting a taxi or an uber on New Year’s Eve is almost impossible.
Once you have finished your meal and had a few drinks, you should head towards the Plaza del Reloj to join everyone else for the final countdown and start the crazy street party. Here you will meet locals and foreigners having the times of their lives.
Once you have had enough of the street parties, you can head towards one of the many nightclubs of the city to continue the dancing until the sun rises. It is quite common for the best clubs to have invited DJs from other parts of the world, so it is essential that you buy your entry tickets in advance.
Even though Cartagena is not cheap, especially during this season, celebrating New Year´s Eve here is your best option if you are looking for a crazy party.
As I mentioned before, Cartagena is a trendy destination during those dates. Therefore, it is vital that you book your flights, hotels, restaurants and club tickets for at least one month in advance.
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