Cartagena's days as a Spanish colonial port on the Caribbean Sea left it with a romantic walled town and fortifications that have World Heritage Site status. But this Colombian city of almost a million people, which won a spot on Fodor's 2014 Go List, is no museum piece. Pleasure seekers have replaced pirates, coming for the tropical sun and historic buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Beyond the walled town on the Bocagrande peninsula are hotels and apartment buildings, but for visitors, the charm is the center, whether in the historic town or in the hipster neighborhood of Getsemaní. And it's all just a five-hour flight from New York.
By Linda Cabasin