Cartagena is perfect for families, have great security is the place of my country visited for more presidents from other nations and stars (even Mick Jagger have some vacations there without have to care about paparazzis). The city is gorgeous, the food is amazing and the people is really nice. You only have to take the same precautions that you have in every place, keep an eye over your camera, don't walk alone for places you don't know and are lonely, etcetera, after that minimal precautions Im sure you can enjoy a great experience. over 7 years ago
Colombia was once a really dangerous place, but it's done a lot to change that, quite successfully. Pity it can't shake the bad reputation so easily. Here's a piece on safety in Colombia.
But the country does still have its problems:
But that's Bogota not Cartegena.
Phil over 7 years ago
I have lived in Cartagena with my family for 6 years and have had no problems......ever!!!!! Take normal precautions, don't wear gold necklaces e.t.c or change dollars on the street.
Stick to centro, Bocagrande, Manga, el Cabrero and you will be fine. The people who are generally targetted by thieves are local businessmen who are taking large sums of cash out of the bank. This is called "fleteo" or fleecing and is very unlikly to happen to tourists. Colombians love kids.....go for it!!!!! over 7 years agoAnswered by Gordon Blackhurst via WorldNomads.com
I would not go to Cartagena with children. I have actually done it in the past, I was there in 2010 for work and brought my family. It's perfectly safe, but there isn't much to do that would be of interest to small child or even, frankly a teenager. Cartagena beaches are so-so, they're not the reason to go. There are some great food options, but for adults and much of the food is mediocre and high priced (so check the guides before selecting to be sure you get a good restaurant). The activities are adventure sports (kite surfing, wind-surfing, etc.), history (not great for kids), architecture, and nightlife.... Taxi's are cheap and reliable, but don't generally have seat belts...
I love Cartagena. I go frequently, but it would not be at the top of my list with kids.
My 16 year old daughter had fun. She surfed a bit on the gentle waves and practiced her Spanish (although locals have a horrible Caribbean accent).
My 3 year old enjoyed the beach, but he can't be out there much due to the powerful tropical sun. It can be very hot. Restaurants were tough for him.
My 1 year old just sweated and was miserable. A/C is frequently limited. over 6 years agoAnswered by Tom via Travellr.com