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Beachfront Family Apartment Legal Rental

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 175 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 10 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Study , 3.5+ Baths, plus combo opt

The perfect location for a no stress FAMILY vacation!

Large Corner Beachfront family apartment in the Zona Norte section of Cartagena. A short walk to the Hotel Las Americas, Radisson and Sonesta hotels. 205 square meters of lovely stone floor and whitewashed cement walls. Very private apartment only three apartments on the level. The apartment is located on the fifth floor, two floors from rooftop pool. And the building has direct beach access.

The terrace is spacious with two sections, two double hammocks and a large 8 top table for al fresco dining.

The open kitchen and living/room dining area is breezy and bright.

Three large comfortable bedrooms offer the privacy of their own full bathroom. There is also a guest half bath off of the living room.

There is an enclosed t.v. room/home office with a brand new smart tv, we have enhanced wifi and cable.

Our building is ubiquitous in the area, and is well known for its unique feng shui design,

It is very private and extremely exclusive (please understand that is why we have such strict security procedures).

Inside and out it is a very elegant, yet unpretentious environment.

There are 24 hour security guards at both the main entrance and garage and at the beach access entrance.

Common areas have SECURITY CAMERAS. For example in both entrances, the parking lot and the upstairs pool and social areas. We do not control the cameras or their content.

The beach access area is direct from the building and has outdoor showers and a bathroom available.

There is a small playground for young children on the second floor mezzanine.

The rooftop common area has lots of open space for yoga and fitness classes offered by the building twice a week (registration and fee required) and you are welcome to use our fitness items in the apartment.

Rental includes daily cleaning service for 5 days a week Monday through Friday.

Please respect Check-in 12pm to 5pm /check out times 9am to 3 pm. We CANNOT work around your early morning and late evening flights no matter how much cheaper they are... please!!

Quiet hours: 10pm to 7am

Building is 5 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from the walled city and 15-20 minutes from Bocagrande.

We can offer help with additional apartments in our building. We can also recommend tours, transportation and in home services such as massages, mani pedis, catering and yoga. Contact us for detailed contact information.

This is a LEGAL rental. We are licensed and comply with all requirements including the newly enacted sustainable tourism code. Thus we will require you to sign a rental agreement that complies with Colombian law and acknowledge our policies to support the environment, nom-discrimination, support for local communities, protection of local flira and Fauna, respect for local customs and cultural heritage and rejection of all forma of inappropriate tourism and mistreatment of children and adolescents. You can check our status with the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Tourism. Our license number is RNT # 24166. Our policies and supporting information will be provided to you upon booking and physical copies are available for inspection on the premises.


We welcome all families of all colors, backgrounds, religious beliefs and gender identities.


All reservations even through Book it Now are TENTATIVE and subject to receipt of documentation and a separate signed rental agreement, a model is available through vrbo. You must cancel a requested reservation if you do not agree to the terms. Please contact us with questions.

We do NOT confirm reservations more than 6 months in advance. Please see special requirements for Christmas-New Years.

Please note that in addition to the nightly rate there are additional charges that may be calculated at check-out because of this websites new policies. This includes additional charges per person after 4 people with a firm maximum of 8. Please review the detailed quote before requesting a booking. First the VRBO service fee is paid to and received by VRBO/Homeaway not us. We cannot return it to you if you cancel. That is entirely at Vrbo/honeaway's discretion.

The Security Deposit is received and held by VRBO/Homeaway and is released to you directly by them at the end of your stay. We do not see, hold or otherwise control it. And if you choose to cancel within our cancellation policy period we cannot process a refund of those amounts. That must be done by you through directly.

The building charges a penalty per person for short term rentals for anyone that enters and therefore anyone accessing the building requires our written express written permission.

Therefore all guests must be registered at the time of booking with copies of passports provided with the rental agreement. We reserve the right to refuse entry if identities of guests are changed.

You must provide proof of parentage for children and children not accompanied by both parents will require a notarized permission in a form approved by us in our sole discretion.

We are proud to say that we are in the process of certification as a Sustainable Tourism Establishment and we will ask you to agree to adhere to guidelines on Protection of the Environment, Respect for local Patrimony and vulnerable communities, Rejection of trafficking of local flora and fauna, Sexual Tourism, Child Labor and discrimination of any kind. If you are not willing to sign a contract indicating your agreement with the above, please book elsewhere.

Please be sure to read the VRBO/Homeaway terms of service before booking. In particular:

9. Service Fee Payable by Travelers.

We (vrbo) charge a service fee payable by travelers who book a property on the Site via the Site checkout. The service fee covers the use of the Site, including such features as 24/7 user support, and is calculated as a variable percentage of the total reservation amount (which may or may not include additional fees, taxes and damage deposits). Depending on the laws of the jurisdiction of the traveler and/or member, VAT may be charged on top of the service fee. The exact service fee (and any VAT, if applicable) charged will be displayed to travelers at the time of booking. The service fee plus applicable VAT will be charged after both the traveler and member accept the reservation. The service fee will only be refunded in the event a member accepts cancellation of the traveler’s reservation and refunds the entire rental amount. Any taxes alleged to be owed by any taxing authority on the service fee are the responsibility of HomeAway and members have no responsibility for any such claimed tax liability. Members agree not to encourage or advise a traveler to avoid or circumvent the service fee charged by HomeAway.

Keywords: Condominium Cartagena Family Vacations. Colombia Family Vacation Rentals

More Details

Clayton Steele
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Clayton Steele

`We are a U.S./Colombian family with extended family in and strong ties to Colombia. It´s a very family friendly building, which we respect. We are also very proud to have spent considerable effort and expense this year to achieve certification as a sustainable tourism provider. We take the legality of short term rentals and its legislation seriously. Please feel free to ask for our license information.

Clayton Steele purchased this condo in 2005

Why Clayton Steele chose Cartagena

We chose this building in the Boquilla section because we wanted a relaxing beach environment and an exclusive building with a strong neighbor/community atmosphere.

What makes this condo unique

Many activities nearby for children, wonderful neighbors. There are only approximately 40 apartments in the building, all are large family apartments and many owners are year round residents. This is a rental to bring your family or friends with their family and enjoy a comfortable, relaxing stay at the beach. The building management is very strict about enforcing noise and nuisance regulations. It is not a party or 'spring break' appropriate destination.


Zona Norte Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 5
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 175 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 4:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) two extra large twin beds combined make king. Queen size Beds (1) two twin beds combined make queen. Twin or Single Beds: Bunk Beds (2) Master bedroom has two sets of twin bunk beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Shared rooftop social area with, showers, steam room, sauna, covered exercise room with separate bathrooms and a pergola and BBQ picnic area with tables and chairs adjacent to pool.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We came for a family reunion at Mar Abierto. The appartment is large and very confortable and clean. The beach front is just amazing. We enjoy the infinity pool on the terrasse and the great cooking of Leydis. The owner of the condo was very helpful in planing our trip. The location is calm and perfect for families. We highly recommend this location and will come back. The pictures on the website represent well the beauty of the condo.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your time writing this very kind review. Let me say that families like yours are our absolute favorite guests. So responsive and respectful. I am so very pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank YOU for choosing to spend your family reunion with us. Leydis and I work very hard to make the condo perfect for your vacation; it really is a labor of love. And please, do come back! The gorgeous sunsets are year round ;)
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Beautiful, clean and spacious rental. Perfect for a family vacation.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Cartagena at Clayton's apartment. Sometimes these home rentals don't feel as clean and fresh as hotels, but this modern and large apartment was clean, fresh, well appointed PLUS had the added bonus of a kitchen (so critical with young kids) and the services of a maid (a true luxury for mom & dad with young kids!). The beds were Colombian firm, but comfy the balcony had wonderful views, the homemade meals were such a treat and Clayton's attention to detail and her concern for your well being is above and beyond. Thanks Clayton!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Las mejores vacaiones en familia

  • 5 of 5

El apartamento esta localizado con vista hacia la playa. Tiene balcón con un par de hamacas muy agradable. Cada cuarto con su bano y ventilación directa en cada uno. La limpieza del apartamento, y edificio en general es excelente. La mujer que hace el aseo y cocina es muy amable, limpia y servicial. Volvería a alquilar el apartamento sin duda alguna

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Real Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I am from Colombia and we always book hotels in Cartagena, but this time my in laws were coming with us from Canada, so we decided to rent a condo to make their stay more pleasant. We decide to rent in the other end of the busy Cartagena area, because we want to enjoy the beaches and full relaxation and if we wanted party scene or more touristic time will just take a taxe, so we decided this area. We found Clayton's amazing condo. The premises were so beautiful, very clean, the apartament was amazing, very big and very confortable, we were 6 people, 4 adults 2 kids, and we had lots of space, the beds were amazing and the rooms very cozy, specially when was super hot out, my in laws had the most amazing time in Colombia, specially in Cartagena because the arrangements of the condo. Clayton had a maid and she was a great person, she was kind and very accommodating, she cooked breakfast for us and she made this amazing juices that I love every time that I come back to Colombia. My boys loved the fresh fruit and the arepas made with Queso Costeño, ummmm love them, my in laws could not believe how amazing our Colombian food was. Also she made this stew chicken with green beans and rice, my inlaws and boys were licking their fingers, then she made the most amazing coconut rice I have ever aten. My youngest boy keept talking about it and it will be his fist choice when come back to Cartagena Colombia.

Well I can keep going all day but in summary, everything was amazing, the best, people was lovely all over and that's why we Colombians are tag as the most welcoming people in latin America. My in laws are planning to come back to Cartagena and for sure will be renting the same apartment, the same with us, next spring will be booking the same beautiful condo. And something very important was that the owner (Clayton was very helpful with tips and advices for getting around in Cartagena) Thanks for making this vacation a real relaxing one.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host you, you were wonderful guests and we look forward to welcoming you back again!
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Wonderful place to stay in Cartagena!

  • 5 of 5

First of all Clayton and her staff are wonderful! We were taken care of as if we were part of the family. My son got sick while we were staying in her home and everyone was so accommodating to help us. I highly recommend staying in this home. PS the infinity pool is amazing!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jessica Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I hope your son recovered quickly and you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Colombia. Our building really is a village, lots of families with children more than happy to lend a hand. Thanks to wonderful guests like you we can keep the residential/short term rental balance. I do hope we can welcome you back in the future!
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Immaculate, spacious, beach-front apt with gorgeous views

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this apartment was absolutely perfect. It is large -- 3 bedrooms plus a little study, and it is totally immaculate yet comfortable. It is the perfect mix of clean and fresh and not being so precious that you're worried the kids might ruin something. The balcony overlooks the beach and the skyline of Cartagena and is just beautiful. The building itself is nice and quiet, most of our visits to the rooftop pool we had the pool to ourselves. If you prefer the beach, it is easily accessed and so sweet and simple for young children.

The owner, Clayton, was full of fabulous suggestions and was more than accommodating sharing information and tips for traveling with little ones. Leydis, the empleada, was sweet and helpful. My kids were begging for her to come back and make more eggs. Having her there made it a true vacation for Mom -- I would return to clean laundry folded on the bed and a sparkling kitchen.

We were in town for my sister's wedding so we didn't eat near the apartment (except for at home), but there were a couple of restaurants near the building and the Radisson next door. We did order lunch from the man who rents tents on the beach one day and it was excellent and lots of fun for the kids.

The building is about 15 minute drive from the walled city and when our driver was unavailable the security guard at the front desk was able to call us a taxi. Its proximity to the Radisson hotel came in handy when I needed to use an ATM for some fun beach activities -- we could just walk next door for some cash when we needed it!

This apartment was an absolutely perfect fit for a family vacation -- I couldn't have asked for anything better and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Thank you so much Clayton for all of your incredible help in making our week fabulous!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I am just beaming! It really was my pleasure to host your family. Its the second best thing to being there myself. I personally couldn't ask for more myself in terms of a respectful and easygoing family. Thank you for mentioning Leydis she takes great pride in her work and will be thrilled to hear your words. You are always welcome!!
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Rafael Nuñez
Car: necessary

Kite surfing and extreme water sports schools within walking distance, jet skis and beach horseback riding readily available


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $30 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Please note that in addition to the nightly rate there are additional charges that are calculated at check-out. First the SERVICE FEE is paid to and received by VRBO/Homeaway not us. The Security Deposit is received and held by VRBO/Homeaway and is released to you directly by them. We do not see, hold or otherwise control it. You will also need to fill out and sign a rental information and agreement as a condition to confirming the rental.

The building charges per adult that enters and requiere our written express permission referencing that persons passport number. Therefore all guests must be registered at the time of booking. Add-ons will not be given permission to enter the building unless we approve them and an additional fee will be required paid and we reserve the right to refuse entry if identities of guests are changed. It's not us. It's the building. You agree by accepting this booking that your group is a family. We reserve the right to reject registrations of groups who ignore this requirement and will retain the deposit after the cancellation period has passed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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