Tips & Info
I've found the place I was looking for, and it's 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 Colombian women are everywhere, so wherever you go you’ll definitely see lots of them.
For hotels or apartments, check out my Barranquilla 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 you’re looking for a very relaxing vacation. If you're planning to go to either Cartagena or Santa Marta, I highly recommend using Marsol transport. Marsol is very reliable and usually has shuttles that leave several times per day.
Barranquilla 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.