Last updated on Jul 02, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Barranquilla, Colombia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Barranquilla?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Barranquilla, they said:
"Expats considering retirement in Barranquilla, should be aware that the city has a tropical monsoon climate, with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. Spanish is the official language, so learning it would be beneficial for daily life and interactions. The cost of living is relatively low compared to many Western countries, but it's important to have a clear understanding of your budget and financial situation. Healthcare in Colombia is of a high standard, with many hospitals in Barranquilla accredited by international bodies. However, it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The city is known for its vibrant culture, with numerous festivals, music events, and a lively nightlife. Safety can be a concern in certain areas, so it's important to research neighborhoods thoroughly before choosing a place to live. Public transportation is widely available, but traffic can be heavy, especially during peak hours. Barranquilla has a mix of modern and traditional housing options, with many expats choosing to live in gated communities for added security. It's advisable to hire a local real estate agent to help navigate the housing market. Finally, understanding the local customs and culture can greatly enhance your experience, so take the time to learn about Colombian traditions and social etiquette," explained one expat living in Barranquilla, Colombia.
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About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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