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. Both the local women and the tourists that come here are fairly attractive, so if you’re looking for girls you won’t be let down!
DATING IN CARTAGENA
Prostitution is rampant here. This makes dating in Cartagena somewhat difficult. It can often be hard to tell who is and who isn’t a working girl. One way to help avoid confusion if you aren’t into the play-for-pay scene is to go to the bar or club with the fewest gringos. The Bar Mister Babilla is a good choice because, although it does have some gringos, it is mostly hot upper-class girls from other Colombian cities. But be ready to pay a cover charge and meet the dress code. Overall, It’s slightly more difficult to hook-up with girls in Cartagena than other Colombian cities for three reasons:
1) Your exotic factor is lower due to the amount of tourists
2) It’s harder to efficiently capitalize on IOUs (indicators of interest) with so many prostitutes around.
3) Many girls vacation with their parents (even up to 30+ years old!)
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WOMEN IN CARTAGENA
Women in Cartagena have darker skin than Colombians from inland cities. They are very sexual, have great bodies and are probably the best dancers north of Cali. For the most part they are friendly and responsive to conversation. But if you’re going to Colombia just for the women, there are better cities to have as a base. For example, Cali if you prefer darker girls, and Medellin, Bucaramanga or Bogota if you prefer lighter ones.
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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
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