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ELLE Escapes: Cartagena
Just a few miles down the Caribbean coast, south of Cartagena, is Isla Barú. In the past, I’ve traveled 10 or more hours for this type of view—turquoise waters and luscious forests—but this was just a quick 20-minute trip by speed boat (or about 45 if you take the catamaran) from the heart of the city. With that level of convenience, I can’t fathom traveling to Cartagena and not tacking on a few extra days in Barú. At the recently opened Sofitel Barú Calablanca Beach Resort, every room has an ocean view. With a spa, five pools, seven bars, and three restaurants on the property, you don’t have to give a single thought to your itinerary. It. Is. Paradise.