Barranquilla, Colombia – City Guide for Nomads and Expats

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.

POPULATION: 1,150,000 


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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

7/10 

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 ClubFar 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

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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 few tourists, safe and good location. If you don’t have much time in Colombia, I would skip it in favour of Medellin, Bogota and Cali.

OVERALL RATING: 7.25/10

 

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