Travelers tend to focus on the walled city, made up of El Centro, San Diego and Getsemaní. To the south, the peninsula of Bocagrande – Cartagena's Miami Beach – is where fashionable cartageneros sip coffee in trendy cafes, dine in glossy restaurants and live in the upscale luxury condos that line the area like sentries. Few visitors stay here, but it's a viable, safe and glamorous alternative to the walled city.

Cartagena's streets have both names and numbers. Listings use street names, as these are the identifiers most commonly posted on the streets themselves.