Destination guide

Bolivar has a rich history

The department of Bolivar starts at the historical coastal city of Cartagena and follows the Magdalena River south towards the inland forests. While most people staying in a Bolivar vacation rental stick to the capital Cartagena, there's so much more awaiting beyond. After you've explored the city's rich history, you can head down to the jungles for hiking, biking and wildlife watching. You'll want to bring your camera because you're not going to want to miss catching a snap of an elusive jaguar or howler monkey. More wildlife can be found in the waters around Rosario Island.

Things to do

Bolivar is a treasure trove of historical sites

It would be unthinkable to stay in a Bolivar vacation rental and not spend at least a day or 2 in the colorful coastal city of Cartagena. When you get there, make a beeline for Old Town, whose fortress walls once protected it from plundering pirates. Though it can get a little overrun with travelers, it retains much of its charm. While you're in town, climb up and amble through the battlements of the Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, an impressive 18th-century castle that overlooks the city. Afterwards, you could swing by the Museo de Oro, which houses an impressive collection of gold artifacts.


Scuba diving and mud baths await in Bolivar

If you score a Bolivar vacation rental along the Caribbean coast, you can take advantage of the warm, clear and wildlife-rich waters for snorkeling and scuba diving. Taganga, a city close to Cartagena, is a good place to get your PADI certification, as are the nearby Rosario Islands. If that sounds like too much effort, you could always kick back on the beaches or catch a ride outside the city to the Mud Bath on Totumo Volcano. When night rolls in, if you're game for a party hop aboard one of the chiva party buses for live music and dancing.


Visit Bolivar any time of year

The tropical climate of Bolivar and its capital Cartagena have 2 quite distinct seasons and with little change in temperature, it can be visited all year round. December to March is, without a doubt, the peak season. During this time, folks escape the cold weather back home in favor of the sunny and dry climes of Colombia. Outside these months, you might have to contend with the odd afternoon downpour, but that is balanced out by the drop in Bolivar vacation rental prices and lack of other travelers. There's a short pause in the rains between July and September.

Natural features

Jaguars and toucans in Bolivar

If you've got a rental car and you're interested in the native flora and fauna of Colombia, you can drive a couple of hours south of Cartagena to Los Colorados Wildlife Sanctuary. This 2,500-acre tropical dry forest park is home to some extraordinary resident creatures. What you see very much depends on your luck, but as soon as you enter the park the first thing you'll hear is the haunting call of the red howler monkey. As you hike deeper into the forest, you'll likely spot colorful keel-billed toucans, collared peccaries and even the odd elusive jaguar. Just remember to keep your camera at the ready.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bolivar?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,026 vacation rentals near Bolivar. From 187 Houses to 711 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bolivar for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Bolivar?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bolivar. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cartagena de Indias: 1,043 vacation rentals
  • Walled City of Cartagena: 345 vacation rentals
  • Zona Norte: 164 vacation rentals
  • El Laguito: 290 vacation rentals
  • Bocagrande: 671 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Bolivar! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Bolivar?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bolivar:

  • Cartagena de Indias: 1,043 rentals
  • Barú: 37 rentals
  • Turbana: 48 rentals
  • Turbaco: 996 rentals
  • La Boquilla: 1,003 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Bolivar?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Bolivar are:

  • Rafael Nunez Airport (CTG): 1,013 vacation rentals
  • Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ): 56 vacation rentals
  • Golfo de Morrosquillo Airport (TLU): 17 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Bolivar?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Bolivar. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Corales del Rosario National Park: 223 rentals
  • Blanca Beach: 1,021 rentals
  • San Fernando Fort: 1,015 rentals
  • La Boquilla Beach: 1,017 rentals
  • Clock Tower: 993 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bolivar listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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