Barranquilla, Colombia. Known as the birthplace of Shakira and Sofia Vergara. It’s located in the north of the country, and is the fourth-largest city after Cali, Medellin and Bogota. The carnival of Barranquilla is one of the most famous in the country.
DATING IN BARRANQUILLA
You are a foreigner, thus, you are a novelty in Barranquilla. It takes very little effort to meet women here, day or night, and if you look exotic, it’s even easier. The thing is, though, is that very few people speak English, so knowing even just the slightest bit or Spanish will help a lot. There are very few gringos here as well, so if you thrive on the support of your countrymen, Barranquilla might not be the best place for you. That said, if you don’t mind the former and your Spanish skills are on point, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll do well here.
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WOMEN IN BARRANQUILLA
It beats Cartagena and Manizales, but lags behind the other Colombian cities included on My Latin Life. Women in Barranquilla are friendly, sweet and outgoing. Girls from the coast are known for this! If you’re looking for a girlfriend in Colombia, this might be a good place to start.
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RENT AN APARTMENT IN BARRANQUILLA
$350.00 will put you up in a modest apartment or house in a decent neighbourhood in Barranquilla.
NIGHTLIFE IN BARRANQUILLA
Pales in comparison to Bogota and Medellin. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a specific nightlife district in Barranquilla; everything is frustratingly spread out. There are some bars northeast of Parque Venezuela that are pretty good.
I recommend: Frogg Leggs Club. Far and away the most popular disco in town.
IS BARRANQUILLA SAFE?
Fairly safe in Barranquilla. There are neighbourhoods that you should not visit, but in general Barranquilla is safer than Medellin and Bogota.
COST OF LIVING IN BARRANQUILLA
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 $760 USD/month to live in Barranquilla, Colombia
Downsides: An ugly, industrial city without much in the way of culture tourist attractions. The weather may be too hot for some to handle. Upsides: Very approachable women, very few tourists, safe and good location. If you don’t have much time in Colombia, I would skip in in favour of Medellin, Bogota and Cali.
OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10
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