found the place I was looking for, and itís Barranquilla,
Colombia. I've been all over the world, and I have to say
that my trip to Barranquilla has been one of my best experiences
ever. If I had my choices of places to live in the world,
Barranquilla would be at the top of my list. Barranquilleros
are very warm, happy and friendly people, and the women
are absolutely beautiful.
I went to Barranquilla for their annual Carnaval (Carnaval
de Barranquilla), and I had the best time of my life. During
Carnaval, the whole city parties for about 4 to 5 days (both
day and night), and these people definitely know how to
party! You have to experience Carnaval at least once in
your lifetime. If you enjoy music and dancing the night
away then Barranquilla is the place to be.
The nightlife is excellent. The north part of town (El Norte)
is very popular, although you can go just about anywhere
and have a good time. Beautiful women are everywhere, so
wherever you go youíll definitely see lots of them.
check out my
hotels page. I recommend the Hotel Dann
Carlton, which is right across the street from the Buena
Vista mall. Also, the Hotel El Prado (located in El Norte)
is a good place to stay although the rooms at the Dann Carlton
are much nicer.
Everyone thought I was crazy for wanting to visit Colombia.
The media really portrays Colombia as a bad place to visit,
but it's definitely not. Barranquilla is a very safe place,
and the people are really nice. The Barranquilleros seem
like the happiest people in all of Colombia.
I was the only
blonde-haired gringo in the city during my visit (well,
at least it seemed that way). Everyone welcomed me with
open arms and treated me with the utmost respect.
Neighboring cities Cartagena and Santa Marta are a must
see and are relatively close. Santa Marta is about a 45
minute drive, and Cartagena is about a 90 minute drive.
Both have beautiful beaches and are the places to be if
youíre looking for a very relaxing vacation. If you're planning
to go to either Cartagena or Santa Marta, I highly recommend
Marsol is very reliable and usually has shuttles that leave
several times per day.
is more of an industrial city and not very touristy compared
to neighboring cities Cartengena and Santa Marta, which
is the way I like it. When I travel I prefer to get down
with the locals and experience the real people and culture.
Barranquilla is also relatively inexpensive compared to
the U.S., so a little money can go a long way.
I visit Barranquilla quite often,
so feel free to
if you have any questions and Iíll be happy to guide you
in the right direction.