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Barranquilla

Barranquilla, Colombia’s principal Caribbean port and capital of Atlántico Department, is midway between Cartagena and Santa Marta on the Troncal del Caribe highway. This city is on the west bank of the Río Magdalena, 22 kilometers (13 mi) from the river’s mouth.


It was a backwater town for several centuries, but in the 19th century it began to rise to international commercial importance. Immigrants arrived from around the world, strongly flavoring the city's ambiance. Barranquilla has a sizable Middle Eastern community, which makes itself evident in commerce, two mosques and the Arabic channels on cable TV. This segment of the population also has its famous sons and daughters, including (most notably) Shakira. Other populations of note are the Afro-Caribbean, which has shaped a number of cultures along the coast, and European immigrants.


Barranquilla, known as El Puerto de Oro de Colombia (Colombia’s Gold Port) or La Arenosa (The Sandy One), is most famous for its pre-Lent Carnival, as well as for its music and dance scenes. But there is much more to the city than parties. From museums and stunning architecture to premier beaches and baseball, there is a vast range of ways to pass the sultry barranquillero days.

Neighborhoods in Barranquilla: Near Baranquilla, Tubará, Puerto Colombia,

Other places nearby Barranquilla: Ciénaga, Valledupar, Santa Marta, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Cartagena, Minca, Aracataca, Coveñas, Taganga and San Andres.







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Hotel Los Angeles

Hotel Los Angeles is a mid-range option in the center of Barranquilla. The four-story inn has decently sized clean rooms with cable TV and private baths. Many of the rooms surround a central patio ...
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Hotel Skal

Hotel Skal is the most popular inn amongst backpackers in Barranquilla. It is the least expensive, decent option in the city. In a stunning early 20th-century former family home, this hostel has ...
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Hotel Girasol

The Hotel Girasol is in an older building with a circular front drive. Rooms are in the main edifice and a newer addition. All are large, with fan or air conditioning, private bath (agua al clima), ...
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Hotel Mezzaluna

Hotel Mezzaluna, in a sleek-lined modern building, bills itself as an executive hotel, geared toward such businessmen, as well as families. Although the administration is friendly and helpful, the ...
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Hotel Villa Dilia

Hotel Villa Dilia is a fine place to stay, with excellent service and pleasant rooms. This is an inn geared toward those with a bit more money to spare, though it appears to be worth it. The rooms ...
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Hotel El Prado

Greta Garbo stayed here, as well as Grace Kelly and Carlos Gardel. It seems their spirits still roam the arcaded balcony halls and gardens of this sophisticated, five-star hotel. Hotel El Prado rolls ...
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Museums of Barranquilla

121757Hide away in the air conditioned comfort of Barranquilla’s many museums: Museo Romántico: Barranquilla\'s history and culture is presented here. (Monday-Friday 9:00am to noon and from 3:30pm to ...
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Museo Romántico

121762The Museo Romántico is in a Republican-era mansion, once home to the U.S. consul in Barranquilla. This edifice now houses items of the city’s history, including Simón Bolívar’s letters and the ...
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