Cartagena is well known for its colonial charm and unique Afro-Colombian culture. As Spain’s most important port city, Cartagena has a prime location right on the sea. Cartagena is one of the few cities in Latin America that combines a colonial old town, modern city and a coral reef. The calm waters and natural landscape offer a ton of different options for water sports ranging from scuba diving to taking a bath in a volcano (yes, you read that right. If that sounds fun, learn more about it here!)
The main water sport that people come to Cartagena for is snorkeling, closely followed by scuba diving. Cartagena is lucky enough to be surrounded by a healthy coral reef that is home to a huge variety of marine life including 280 different species of fish, rays and sharks. You can easily grab and snorkel and head into the water at Playa Blanca and the Rosario and San Bernardo Islands.