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Billions in gold on legendary wreck

The Naval battle off Cartagena, 28 May 1708. The San Jose, which carried most of the Spanish treasure, was destroyed by an explosion in her powder magazine. The painting, by Samuel Scott (1702-1772), is in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, England.

  The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) recently obtained authorization by Maritime Archaeology Consultants (MAC), Switzerland AG, and the Colombian government to release new details from the successful search for the three-century old San José—a 62-gun, three-masted Spanish galleon that sank …

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By Cruise Ship to the ABC Islands

Aruba’s free-to-ride San Francisco style streetcar, in service since 2013, is an attraction in itself. Photo by Els Kroon

Exploring the Caribbean on a sailing boat is the dream of many, however, if you don’t own a yacht, cruise ships offer the perfect solution. When the Spanish cruise line Pullmantur expanded from Europe to the Caribbean, they set their …

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Rum Review: Dictador 12 Years — Colombia

The minute Terry realized Dictador rum was made in Cartagena, Colombia she knew we had to review. Cartagena is a magical city of narrow streets with flower-draped window boxes and colorful street performers that charm and entertain. Colombia is one …

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Time to Go to Cartagena

Photo courtesy of Tourism Board of Cartagena

A spectacularly rich history that’s instantly recognizable by its colonial wall and fortress stronghold, both visible when approaching by sea, is just one reason to put Cartagena, Colombia, on your ‘must-visit’ destination bucket list. Other enticing reasons include location, below the …

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Santa Marta Colombia: A Pleasant Surprise

IGY's Marina Santa Marta. Photo: Liesbet Collaert

Until not too long ago, the Colombian coast was avoided by cruisers because of its bad reputation.  The country was a dangerous place for locals as well as for visitors, whether they arrived by land, air or sea. This has …

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Destination Cartagena

Steeped in history, Cartagena, a vivacious metropolis, has shed its turbulent past and is fast becoming the jewel of the Caribbean.

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The Sandblasters

Google Earth can zoom you down from outer space to a thousand dream destinations. But you will only see a smudged bunch of isolated dots along the Caribbean coast of Panama. This area has always been hidden—A 100 mile-long string …

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The Colombia Coast Guard Wants You!

The yacht cruising world has discovered Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This beautiful historic city, its friendly people, and its yacht facilities have become a desirable cruising port-of-call in the Caribbean. The most noticeable calling card is the tranquil lifestyle of …

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The hard 400-mile slog west from Aruba to Colombia, usually en route to Panama, makes the port of Cartagena a welcome landfall in any circumstances. But as increasing numbers of cruisers are finding, this historic Spanish Colonial city is an …

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Yacht Club of the Month: Club Nautico Cartagena

Yacht Club of the Month – Club Nautico Cartagena Club Nautico Cartagena, the marina, was founded over 20 years ago by Candelaria Trucco de Bennett and her Australian husband, Norman Bennett. Although few (adventurous) cruisers visited Cartagena at the time, …

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