I was there for one week and stayed in Bocagrande, about a 10 minute taxi ride from the Walled City. Pros of Cartagena: Inexpensive locale, reliable and fast internet, good weather (if you like it hot), not terribly crowded (aside from Walled City), beauty/history/nightlife of Walled City. Cons: Local beaches are average at best and riddled with vendors who accost visitors non-stop, street vendors are less pushy but everywhere, fluency in Spanish is very helpful (not really a con, just is), Walled City is loaded with tourists and priced accordingly. Cartagena struck me as a one-trick pony like a Las Vegas. Some people love Vegas because of the weather and the entertainment. Cartagena has the weather and the Walled City. Unfortunately even though its a coastal city, it's tough to enjoy the beach.
🎒 Nomad Score3.17/5 202 reviews💵 Cost okay📡 Internet bad😀 Fun great👮 Safety badTap to Open🌧Feels 39°102°30°86°😷AQI552$1,585 / mo7Mbps×
This odd post on Minca makes me question the validity of any list on this site, which would be easily apparent to anyone who has been to Minca. The cost of living ($4,000+ USD) is based on if you paid per night at one of the fanciest hotels in Minca. Minca is a small, out in the middle of nowhere place that has a collection of hostels advertising yoga retreats, nature, horse rides, partying, etc. along with some hotels. Locals who own homes in Minca either live there and make a living off of farming or the tourist industry, or they use the country home as an escape from city life. Thus, there probably are not many Airbnbs or apartments for rent in Minca, and the Internet connection is probably either not great or not existent (I remember the hostel had a generator which would kick on during power outages). It's more a place you travel to if you are in the area of Santa Marta.
🎒 Nomad Score2.33/5 158 reviews💵 Cost very bad📡 Internet great😀 Fun okay👮 Safety very badTap to Open🌧Feels 34°93°27°80°😷AQI5510$4,172 / mo20Mbps×