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San Diego is the classiest and most sophisticated part of Cartagena. As in El Centro, there are plenty of picturesque buildings and narrow streets here—but also a high concentration of fancy restaurants and luxury hotels. The pace of life in San Diego is slower and privacy is easier to find. It was, after all, this part of the city that inspired Gabriel García Márquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera. (In fact, the famed writer's house is here.) In the plaza, you will likely brush arms with the city’s elite. Residents and visitors of San Diego are a bit more pampered and are given a little more respect and special treatment.

Other neighborhoods in Cartagena: El Centro, Bocagrande, Near Cartagena and GetsemanĂ­.

By Brenda Yun
I am a creative writer / surfer chick in need of adventure all the time. The only thing that keeps me grounded is my non-traveling, non-surfing pug...
27 Jun 2011

VIVA Colombia

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Las BĂłvedas

120320 The same engineer that designed Castillo San Felipe de Barajas built Las BĂłvedas to serve as military quarters for the city in the late 18th century. Within this yellow building comprised of 46 ...
Historical Building
San Diego, Cartagena, Colombia

Museo de las Fortificaciones and Las Murallas

120339 Construction of Las Murallas, the walls protecting Cartagena de Indias, began in 1586 when Bautista Antonelli, an Italian engineer, was hired by the Spanish Crown. They were later fortified by ...
San Diego, Cartagena, Colombia

Casa de Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez’s house in San Diego has not been turned into a museum or tourist attraction. If it were, it would be one of the most popular sites in Cartagena. Still, the house that ...
Historical Building
San Diego, Cartagena, Colombia
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