Situated on the Caribbean coast, Cartagena is a city of old-world romance and beautiful beaches. Cartagena's walled old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a labyrinth of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, massive churches and shady plazas. Outside of the old town, Cartagena is a modern city of traffic, crowds and chaos. But, if it all gets too much, head for the beach. With a tropical climate, Cartagena is a popular beach destination. From the trendy peninsula of Bocagrande to the Isla de Baru and Isla del Rosario, you are never far from white-sand beaches, palm trees and the crisp clear waters of the Caribbean.