Cartagena is a mere three-hour flight from Miami, five hours from New York, and generally six to eight from the rest of the country. No, it’s not the closest option, but it’s the best bang for your bachelor party buck in the Western hemisphere.The fortified city is historic and beautiful, and while cultural immersion might not be your weekend MO, it’s a place you can bring your whole crew that really feels like a full-blown getaway. The food is fantastic: parrilla at Quebracho, fresh seafood at La Vitrola, Asian-Caribbean fusion at Moshi. Meals are filling, savory experiences that cost less than most chain restaurants back home.
Seriously, Cartagena is amazingly cheap, the kind of place where you’ll throw down at Bar Babar for a couple bottles at the best tables and walk out with a tab well under $200. Total. If clubbing isn't your thing, there’s La Casa de la Cerveza, an outdoor beer bar tucked into the city walls with a sick view of the Castillo lit up at night. Of course, there are the vices most people associate with Colombia, which, while not legal, are certainly plentiful. If you want to party like a soon-to-be-dismissed Secret Service agent on your buddy’s last send-off into married life, Cartagena is the best place to do it.