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So I just found out I am going to be teaching in Baranquilla! At first I was told Santa Marta (which was perfect because I had spent a week in Santa Marta last year) but I am not disheartened with Baranquilla.

However, I have never been to Baranquilla and I have no idea what it is like!

Are they similar? Is it easy access to the beach?

Is it expensive?



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Baranquilla will have similar prices to Santa Marta. I like the place for a party and the people; if I had to live there I could,however it is not a place I would choose to live in Colombia given the other options. To your advantage, you are only 2 hours from Cartagena and Santa Marts, not too bad. El Prado is a nicer area of town, sort of around the Buena Vista shopping centre area.

The beaches in / around Baranquilla are hardly anything to rave about unfortunately. It is set on a river (Magdelena) flowing out into the Ocean. The better ones, are out of the city (Puerto Colombia).

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Barranquilla is also the main maritime entry and exit point for goods in Colombia. Rio Magdalena + cargo ships = Not the nicest beaches.

Barranquilla may not be the most elegant city in Colombia, but baranquilleros are said to be the most festive and welcoming people.

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Barranquilla is a much larger city than both Cartagena and Santa Marta.

The Good:

It is a commercial/lndustrial center with a much larger middle class than the other two cities. It is much more affordable than Cartagena and probably Santa Marta. It has bars, discos, golf clubs, shopping centres, a zoo, very nice restaurants and hotels. You will always find something to do. Barranquilleros are also the most welcoming and happy people you can find.

The Bad:

Its just a plain ugly city. No beach, no real green zones. Not as safe as Cartagena or Santa Marta.

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