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Best things to do in Barranquilla, Colombia… this city is famous for its colorful carnivals. The town is among the most populated cities in Colombia, with high tourist records during the peak tourism season. Its strategic location close to the Caribbean Sea makes it a Key port along the northern Caribbean Coast region.
The City had nicknames before based on its location including, Pórtico Dorado de la República (Golden Gate of the Republic) and La Arenosa (meaning The Sandy).
1. Visit Zoologico de Barranquilla
Location: Esquina, Calle 76 con Carrera 68, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
If you want to see some South American animal species and endangered wild animals that have been rescued from the wild, then you should visit Zoologico De Barranquilla. A zoo that offers insightful knowledge, and a chance to get to know your favorite animal species. Here, some of the animals include pumas, lions, and the South American leopards.
As much as the zoo is small, it is very clean and the entrance fee is cheap. The staff are friendly and accommodative.
2. Visit Parque Cultural del Caribe
Location: Cl. 36 #46 – 66, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
It’s inside any museum that you will get a chance to understand more of the Caribbean culture and the country’s rich history. The Parque Cultural del Caribe (Caribbean Museum) is a popular sightseeing location in Barranquilla with lots of interesting things to understand. There are music video shows on the first floor and different rooms that display the Caribbean heritage and culture.
To get to the museum from the city center, you should either use a taxi or personally drive. Taxis are easy to navigate and offer friendly prices.
You should not worry about parking if you plan to drive to this location. There is a private parking that is safe and cheap. There is also public transport arrangement to take you to the Caribbean Museum.
The only downside of the museum is that most of the information is in Spanish. There are a few English translation guides, as some staff members try to speak a bit of English.
3. La Casa del Carnaval
Location: Cra. 54 #49B-39, Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia
You probably have seen beautiful Caribbean dancers on television or had a chance to visit the actual dance scenes on the roads. If not, you should visit the La Casa del Carnaval. An interesting location to understand the history and significance of the Caribbean dance.
The carnival in Colombia is an important celebration that is celebrated once a year. The folkloric groups dance along the streets. This celebration usually take 3 eventful days to complete.
You will see different carnival costumes, exclusive designs, colorful costumes, and attractive dancing masks. There’s also a room where interactive screens are displayed, and invite confident visitors to dress like carnival queens and dance to the carnival music! So fun!
4. Experience Barranquilla Nightlife
Do not leave this city without experiencing the active and colorful nightlife. The different pubs and many drinking joint offer fun activities to the many Colombian residents. If you like dancing and partying like I do, you can enjoy salsa dances from local spots distributed in the city.
You can purchase cheap beers and rum as you enjoy the company of Caribbean locals and dance on the available dance floor.
La Torja, for instance, is one interesting pub to visit at night. Thursday and Saturday night are the most interesting days of the week because there are many people outside and the other pubs are full as well.
Location: Calle 74 Cra 44 Esquina, Barranquilla 080016 Colombia
Frogg Club is another alternative and exciting joint that gets really lively at night. It’s here that you will meet many locals who will be ready to strike a conversation as you drink and party.
Location: Calle 93 43 – 122, Barranquilla 080020 Colombia
5. The white sandy beaches in Barranquilla
Because Barranquilla is in the northern Caribbean Coast region. You will find an expansive 3,300 kilometer long coastline with white sandy beaches. Most of the beaches have palm trees and offer different outdoor activities like snowboarding, snorkeling, and deep sea diving.
If you are at the beach and do not want to go for a swim, you could request chairs, umbrellas, and/or tables, as you enjoy a soda and the refreshing weather. Also, if you want to isolate yourself from the busy beach activities, you should visit the private beaches where there are few locals.
Prado Mar is a private beach that you can access with only $3.
However, if you want to see among the most impressive beaches in Colombia, you need to visit Cartagena or Santa Marta.
How to get to the beaches
You can get to beaches using 3 different ways:
- Bus: Public transport in Barranquilla is well-organized. You can take bus rides and arrive at your preferred beach on time. Most buses are cheap and you will pay in Colombian Peso.
- Taxis: Depending on your location, you should find cheap taxis to take you to the private beaches. You should use the available apps or making a phone call and order a taxi before beginning your trip.
- Driving: I suggest driving to private beaches because they have safer parking spaces at fair prices.