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Safety in the Caribbean Coast and Islands

Petty crimes occur in large tourist cities, like Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta. In these areas use common sense and leave valuables in your hotel. When out and about, be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your camera and backpack.






These major population areas are outside of the red zone of Colombia’s civil war. Security has improved greatly in the past few years, but problems still exist in the hinter regions along the Río Magdalena and in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The mangroves swamps between Coveñas and Turbo are hideouts for narcotraffickers. For the most part, however, it is safe to visit towns in those areas—as long as you don’t go wandering off into the back country. Keep informed of current situations and always ask local advice.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to The Caribbean Coast and Islands: When to Go, Safety, Safety in Santa Marta, Safety, Safety, Safety In San Andrés, Providencia And Santa Catalina, Safety and Safety in Barranquilla.

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