Cartagena, Colombia – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia.

Cartagena was the first Spanish colony in the Americas, and is the Caribbean city most often associated with pirates. It is the fifth largest city in Colombia, and is the most popular tourist destination in the country. The population is a diverse mix of African, White, and Indigenous peoples. 

POPULATION: 1,000,000


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RENT AN APARTMENT IN CARTAGENA

I can’t see you getting anything you’d touch with a ten-foot pole for under $500.00. I doubt you’d want to spend an entire month here anyway.

 

 NIGHTLIFE IN CARTAGENA

7.5/10

There are plenty of clubs, and they have a better vibe than many other resort cities. However, they are expensive, and many of the women you’ll meet will be pros. That being said, everything is conveniently located and there’s plenty of good music, great dancing and pretty women.

I recommend: Mister Babilla.

 

IS CARTAGENA SAFE?

Pretty safe. Opportunistic thieves will take advantage of clueless tourists, but if you are on the ball you should be fine. The streets are heavily patrolled by police in the tourist areas.

 

 COST OF LIVING IN CARTAGENA

The following data is from Expatistan, a crowdsourced database of prices and cost of living around the world. In our experience, the data tends to underestimate cost of living, so take the following as the minimum you might need to live here.

*Figures are listed in USD

You’ll need a minimum of $801 USD/month to live in Cartagena, Colombia

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Serves its purpose as a vacation city. Would I live here? No. Would I visit again? Probably, but I’m in no rush. The nightlife is good, but the city is expensive. The girls are pretty, but not as pretty as many other cities a short flight away. The weather is nice but it can be too humid, and getting hassled by vendors gets tiresome. If you want to get drunk and suntan go to Cartagena. If you want to meet women and be productive, go elsewhere.


OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10


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