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Where to Rent a Motorcycle in Cartagena, Colombia

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Motorcycle in Cartagena, Colombia

WHAT TRAVELERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RENTINGA MOTORCYCLE IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA; INCLUDING, WHERE TO RENT A MOTORCYCLE, THE EXPECTED COST AND SOME RULES AND REGULATIONS.

 

There is nothing quite like the freedom you get when you have your own form of transportation while traveling abroad. The ability to go where you want, when you want is so incredibly freeing that we have come to realize that it is a complete necessity for us while abroad going forward.


The only problem? Somehow finding a way to get your own set of wheels.


While in some places, like Chiang Mai, Thailand for example, it can be pretty easy to find a spot that will rent you a motorcycle or motorbike (one of our favorite forms of transportation), in many countries it can be quite a challenge.


We found this to be especially true in Colombia. And more specifically Cartagena, Colombia - the colorful city along the Caribbean coast.




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But luckily, after doing a bit of research and reaching out to a couple of rental spots (mostly through WhatsApp) we finally found a spot that does motorcycle rentals in Cartagena. Enter Bike and Dive Hostel.


Below you will find everything you need to know about renting a motorcycle in Cartagena, Colombia.






 

WHERE TO RENT A MOTORCYCLE IN

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

 





Like we said, for some reason, the only spot we could find in Cartagena that rented motorcycles was Bike and Dive Hostel, a fun little spot located in the Manga neighborhood.



\\ Directions to Bike and Dive Hostel


Luckily, even though there is only one spot to rent a motorcycle in Cartagena, it is pretty easy to get to, even on foot. Below are easy to follow directions from a couple of the more popular locations in the city.



From the Clock Tower Monument (Monumento Torre del Reloj) in the Old City


It is just over a 1.5 kilometer (0.9 mile) walk from the famous yellow clock tower on the edge of the Old City to Bike and Dive Hostel. To start, head down Avenida Calle 24 towards the Getsemani neighborhood. From there, keep going until you reach Calle 25 (the main road through Getsemani). Once on Calle 25, keep walking through the wall and over the bridge and into the Manga neighborhood. Then turn right onto Carrera 18 and you will see the hostel on the right side.


💬 INSIDER TIP: there will be a white metal gate and a sign at the hostel. If no one is around simply hit the bell and someone will open up the gate.



From the Bocagrande Neighborhood


If you are staying outside of the Old City, specifically in the more modern Bocagrande neighborhood, then you can simply follow much of the same directions as above. The only difference is you will start by first going down Carrera 1 until you reach Parque de la Marina. From that small corner park, you should be able to see the yellow clock tower (Monumento Torre del Reloj).


From the clock tower do the same as above and head right out on Avenida Calle 24 towards the Getsemani neighborhood. From the middle of Bocagrande (around Plaza Bocagrande Centro Comercial) is about a 2.7 kilometer (1.7 mile) walk to Bike and Dive Hostel.



☎️ If you need to get in contact with the hostel beforehand (which we recommend doing) you can reach out to them via their Facebook page (here) or even better, contact them through WhatsApp. This was the easiest form of communication for us. The hostels WhatsApp number is +57 3023718924.




Red motorcycle in a green field.



\\ How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Motorcycle in Cartagena


Bike and Dive Hostel had three types of motorcycles to rent: an AKT 125CC, an AKT 200CC and an AKT 250CC.


We ended up renting the AKT 200CC motorcycle for the weekend. And while it had its quirks, it did get us (the two of us and a pretty heavy backpack) everywhere we needed to go pretty easily. Similarly, it was able to handle both rough dirt roads and paved highways equally well.



Price


The price of renting a motorcycle in Cartagena totally depends on which type of bike you get - or more specifically, how many CCs it has. Below is a rough estimate of what it will cost to rent a bike for a day (a 24 hour period) from Bike and Dive Hostel.


AKT 125CC = 110,000 COP (roughly $29 USD // €25.65 Euros)


AKT 200CC = 130,000 COP (roughly $34 USD // €30 Euros)

*though when we rented the motorcycle they only charged us $30 USD


AKT 250CC = 150,000 COP (roughly $39 USD // €34.50 Euros)



❔ GOOD TO KNOW: Bike and Dive Hostel does accept both cash and credit card.





\\ Is it Safe to Ride a Motorcycle in Cartagena, Colombia


This is always something to consider before you rent a motorcycle, no matter what city or country you are in. If you have prior experience riding a motorcycle (especially in a busier city) then Cartagena is pretty run of the mill in terms of safety: always watch out for buses and turning cars, but be confident on the roads yourself.


Plus, because motorcycles are so common in Cartagena it is pretty easy to just go with the flow of traffic. Similarly, because of the popularity of bikes, most cars and buses are already aware of driving with motorcycles on the same road and therefore know how to watch out for them.


Finally, if you are looking to not just ride a motorcycle around Cartagena, you can expect great roads within a few short kilometers of town. Once out of the city - really just a few kilometers from the busy Old City - we found the roads pretty easy to handle and not very busy at all (plus the scenery is beautiful).






 

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\\ Rule & Regulations in Cartagena


A couple of things to know before renting a motorcycle in Cartagena includes a few specific motorcycle-focused rules and regulations, as well as some specific rules from the hostel itself:


| Motorcycles are not allowed in the Old City (Walled City)


| Females are not allowed to ride a motorcycle in the Bocagrande area (which is a bit ridiculous)


| According to the hostel, you are not allowed to ride a motorcycle after 11 PM (though maybe this is more of a “shouldn’t” situation and not a rule)


| Helmets must be worn at ALL times








\\ The Best Places to Ride a Motorcycle Around Cartagena


We wanted to rent a motorcycle so we could escape the city and head out to see some nature and nearby attractions on our own, and we are guessing if you are reading this you feel similarly. Luckily, there are some really great places to explore just outside of Cartagena, all of which are a simple hour to three-hour ride away.



Some of the Best Motorcycle Rides Near Cartagena, Colombia


VOLCAN DE TOTUMO

This motorcycle ride is great - not just because of the mud volcano itself - but more so because of the amazing ride along the coast and the access to a couple of nice beaches along the way. Similarly, if you have the time and the desire, you can also stop and see the somewhat famous pink beach - which is really just a pink salt lake (still kind of pretty).



THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

If you want to explore an area that does not include beaches or the coast, consider instead heading more inland and towards the beautiful Cartagena Botanical Garden.


To start the ride, first head out to Playa Manzanillo (Manzanillo Beach) and then turn right on Transversal Via al Mar-Cordialidad (right across the street from the turn to the beach). Take that nice quiet road all the way down to Highway 90. Once there, turn right and then keep going until you make it to the outskirts of Cartagena. This part of the ride is very green and lush, and it is crazy how different the scenery is from downtown Cartagena - even though the city is still only about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) away.


Eventually, you will reach a roundabout. From there head out on 90B (to the left) and then once again turn left towards Turbaco when you reach Highway 90 again (there will be a big cemetery at the intersection). Once on Highway 90 (again) it is a straight shot to the Cartagena Botanical Garden.