Sail to Cartagena: A Cruisers' Delight
"I really didn't want to go to Cartagena. You know what you read in the newspapers; but John finally talked me into it since it is the logical stop for water, fuel, and provisions when heading East out of Panama. When we got here I couldn't believe how gracious everyone was, and how much there was to see and do."
This comment is typical of the cruisers that get down to Cartagena. It reflects the uncertainty with which they had viewed stopping on the coast of Colombia, and their pleasure at finally having done so. This obvious satisfaction is the result of several things. First, and perhaps foremost, they find the people friendly; not just those that stand to gain from their visit, but everybody. Second, the prices are reasonable, you can get repairs and maintenance done cheaply, and there is no problem with fresh water or supplies. Third, there is a phenomenal city at your disposal that is safe, exotic, entertaining, historical, and different.
If you are coming in with ample advance warning you might contact the Club de Pesca, which is the premier marina in the city. This is a private club that reserves a limited number of slips for visitors. They have an active sailing membership that can help you to solve the inevitable repairs and problems. Click the link above or email us for prices and availability of dock space.
The other well-known marina is the Club Nautico located just before the Club de Pesca across the Inner Bay from the Naval Base. They have options for either dock space or anchoring out.