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Beachfront Family Apartment Legal Rental RNT 24166

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Study , 3.5+ Baths

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 mornings a week Monday through Friday.

Please respect Check-in 12pm (after 5pm using coded lock) /check out times 9am to 3 pm.


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 also recommend tours, transportation and in home services such as massages, mani pedis, catering and yoga. Contact us for detailed contact information.

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

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.

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 SUSTAINAIBLE TOURISM policies to support the environment, nom-discrimination, support for local communities, protection of local flora 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.


CLAYTON CARTER STEELE APARTAMENTO 605ª CONDOMINIO MAR ABIERTO CON RNT # 24166 un acogedor y confortable apartamento turistico, dedicado primordialmente al servicio de nuestros huéspedes. Queremos manifestar nuestro compromiso con la sostenibilidad, por medio de:

• Siendo responsables con los programas socioculturales, ambientales y económicos, concientizando a nuestro personal y visitantes el deber que tenemos con la sostenibilidad.

• Garantizamos y velamos porque se cumplan los derechos y deberes de nuestros proveedores, colaboradores y clientes.

• Nosotros promovemos lo local. Por lo tanto, estamos comprometidos con el patrimonio cultural de la ciudad nuestra cultura y gastronomía.

• De la misma manera es importante que nuestra región crezca y mejore, razón por la cual apoyamos nuestra comunidad comprando sus productos y apoyándolos donde sea necesario.

• Por ultimo manifestamos que estamos en contra de la explotación sexual comercial de niños, niñas y adolescentes (ESCNNA).

Nosotros somos conscientes de los impactos que genera nuestra prestación de servicios turísticos, y nuestro equipo se compromete a desarrollar actividades para la conservación ambiental y promoción del patrimonio cultural y económico de la región. Con el fin de prevenir y reducir los impactos negativos, y maximizar los positivos promoveremos la participación de clientes y huéspedes, informaremos a nuestros proveedores y capacitaremos a nuestros colaboradores para que participen en el desarrollo de las acciones de sostenibilidad integradas a la prestación de los servicios del apartamento y satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros clientes, así como elegir a proveedores de acuerdo a los criterios de sostenibilidad y ofrecer a nuestros colaboradores un ambiente adecuado de trabajo, cumpliendo a su vez con la normatividad vigente y rechazando cualquier actividad de explotación sexual comercial de niños, niñas y adolescentes.


CLAYTON CARTER STEELE APARTAMENTO 605ª CONDOMINIO MAR ABIERTO WITH RNT # 24166 a cozy and comfortable tourist apartment, dedicated primarily to the service of our guests. We want to express our commitment to sustainability, through:

• Being responsible with the socio-cultural, environmental and economic programs, making our staff and visitors aware of our duty to sustainability.

• We guarantee and ensure that the rights and duties of our suppliers, employees and customers are fulfilled.

• We promote local businesses, products and employees. Therefore, we are committed to the cultural heritage of the city our culture and gastronomy.

• We are committed to the importance of our region’s growth and improvement, which is why we support our community by buying their products and supporting them whenever necessary.

• Finally, we declare that we are against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents (CSEC).

We are aware of the impacts generated by our provision of tourism services, and our team is committed to developing activities for environmental conservation and promotion of the cultural and economic heritage of the region. In order to prevent and reduce negative impacts, and to maximize positive ones, we will promote the participation of clients and guests, inform our suppliers and train our employees to participate in the development of sustainability actions integrated to the provision of services of our apartment hotel and meet the needs of our clients, as well as choose suppliers according to sustainability criteria and offer our employees an adequate work environment, in compliance with current regulations and rejecting any commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.

Please note that in addition to the nightly rate there are additional charges that may be calculated at check-out. 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/hoMeaway'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 at least ONE WEEK in advance. NO DAY GUEST/VISITORS ARE PERMITTED.

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.

More Details

Clayton Steele
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2018

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 Zona Norte

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

LEGAL RENTAL RNT LICENSE 24166 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
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No day guests may be invited into the apartment or common areas.
  • Minors require both parents or notarized permission from absent parent.
  • Maid will only cook breakfast. May not shop.
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 -
  • Each bedroom has an ensuite full bath and there is a half bath off the living room/dining room area.
  • 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. There is a packnplay available for infants under 30 lbs
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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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Beachfront Family Apartment Legal Rental RNT 24166
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 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: June 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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Family oriented apartment and location.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Clayton’s apartment was short but very enjoyable. It is on the north side of the city near several of the nicest hotels in the area. The Radisson is two doors down and has a great restaurant, albeit on the expensive side. You can also hire one of the drivers there to take you on a city tour in an SUV or you can ask if the larger vans are available. But back to the apartment. It has a great view of the beach and you can see the city on your left. There are two hammocks that are better used early in the morning while it is still cool outside. The afternoon gets a bit warm as the sun sets towards the balcony. There are three rooms one of which has double bunk beds, they all have ac and fans. The person that cleans and maintains the apartment is very thorough and does a very good job in keeping the place clean and organized. She also makes some really good arepas con queso costeño (corn/maize patties with local cheese). For groceries you can call the supermarket and order but the process is tedious and takes a while, so if you are not fluent in Spanish it would probably be better to ask Clayton for some assistance with that. By the way, Clayton is one of the nicest, if not the nicest host you would want to deal with on this platform. She follows up with you on everything without being overbearing and responds promptly to any inquiry. Definitely be prepared with your groceries if you want to cook in the apartment. Otherwise the Radisson (expensive), there is a burger place/very small convenience store, one door opposite the Radisson or you can travel (9-10 mins should cost about 15,000.00 COP) to the old walled city. DO NOT EAT ANYTHING THEY OFFER YOU ON THE BEACH. You should be wary of “restaurants” and food vendors on the beach itself. Along those lines as well, there will be people trying to sell you anything and everything. All you need to do is be polite and say no thank you. Remember they are trying to make a living. Your first stop should be the walled city. It is clean, busy and great for pictures. You should visit during the day (the earlier the better to avoid midday heat) and at night. It is safe as there are plenty of police and security around. There are a good amount of restaurants in there, most of them pricey, but read reviews on trip advisor depending on what type of food you like.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and generous comments. They will certainly be very helpful for future guests and I will definitely take them into account as well. I hope that you and your family will return to stay with us in the future, I couldn't ask for a better owner/guest experience.
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Fantastic Apartment and Responsive Owner!!! A+

  • 5 of 5

Ever since our first contact with the home owner Clayton all the way through our final day was fantastic. Clayton was very responsive and answered all our questions quickly and continued to provide suggestions on places we could visit and explore. The maid cooked a delicious breakfast every morning, cleaned up and made sure we were very comfortable with our stay. The apartment was as described and the pictures were very good at showing the layout. We would absolutely come back...


Do go to the islands of Rosario, old town, the resort rooftop pool, spa, steam room, suggest you request the maid make patacones or other traditional dish.

Do not recommend:

Beach vendors or massage on the beach

Read below for more details; not attributable to the apartment but to Cartagena itself.

Off site:

Taxi or Uber? We used Uber almost everyday to multiple locations, which was affordable and safe. If you’re going to be a first time traveler or a repeat visitor, Cartagena is a city easy enough to rent a car and travel on your own. As we were first time visitors we were unsure. Next time we’ll be ready to rent a car.

Beach: The beach was beautiful; knowing that the dark sand was from volcanic ash helps understand the color of the water. The negatives are to watch for the beach vendors. I’ve been to enough locations to know to watch out for them, but one scenario we were unprepared for. The beach tents rental guy came up to us and mentioned that we must be staying at Claytons place. We replied yes and he did do a good job taking care of us. Which built in some small trust, while another vendors came up and attempted to cut some deals. As I’m completely opposed to any beach deal the vendor covered any cost upfront and indicated he would provide a receipt which we could pay with a credit card. The beach tent vendor said we could trust him. The event the next day went off without a hitch and we paid with a credit card… until we returned home and the vendor indicated he required more money in cash for things that weren’t paid for. He could not provide a receipt and charged up to 3x what it would normally cost. After negotiating a final cost, we were still disappointed that it had to come to arguing at the end of the day. Thus, again - the point of the story is don’t trust beach vendors.

Otherwise, everything else was awesome and we will be coming back to Cartagena for the years to come!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to provide a detailed review of your experience. It is helpful for me, and critical for future guests. The beach aspect is something that as an apartment owner I cannot control, but I can definitely warn future guests about. And for what it is worth I did raise a bit of heck about it. I am very happy that your overall experience was positive and I hope you will consider returning.
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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: July 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: April 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: March 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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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

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 0.0%

You must agree to check in check out time frames, agree to sign a separate rental agreement provide copies of your IDs and other documentation. 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 promise 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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.