Top Tourist Attractions In Barranquilla
February 15, 2013
You could expect the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla to include beaches as it is the largest industrial city and port in the Colombian Carribean region. But those who have gone to this place can all agree that there’s more to the area than meets the eye. Barranquilla was established as a town back in 1813 although it had been in existence since 1629. When World War I and II came, it became a refuge for Europeans, who immigrated to the place and industrialized it. By the 1940’s, it then became the largest city in the country and the most modern in all of South America. And this paved the way for tourism, which the metropolis has made quite some accomplishments in.
As mentioned earlier, among the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla are its beautiful shorelines. But contrary to the usual expectation, these tourist spots are not actually found within the city itself. In spite of being close to the ocean, its geography does not permit Barranquilla to host beach tourist destinations. However, neighboring towns like that of Puerto Colombia hosts a lot of unspoiled, uncrowded beach fronts. And the best part of it is its just 15 kilometers away. Other prestigious nearby beaches include Puerto Velero, Cano Dulce, Santa Veronica and Sabanilla.
Within the city, you will find a lot of impressive colonial, neoclassical and art deco architecture, to name a few. And among the most visited is the Historic Center of Barranquilla, an area which reflects the commercial, cultural and political landscape of 17th and 18th century Colombia. Here, people will get to see Paseo de Bolivar, Plaza de San Nicolas, the Church of San Jose, and multiple samples of the city’s historical landmarks.
Another one of the top tourist attractions in Barranquilla that attracts a diverse demographic is the local zoo, which houses an eclectic collection of colorful native and foreign animals, with an emphasis on Colombian fauna and the protection of the country’s endangered species. It has about 140 types of creatures in its care in all categories, from mammals to fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and primates. But its most popular lure is that of the Flamingos (locally known as Flamencos), which are often seen as pink because of their healthy state.
As a final entry to this list of the top reasons to visit Barranquilla, you should definitely consider visiting the Barranquilla Country Club and Caujaral, which ranks among the best golf courses in Colombia, and perhaps play a few rounds. The currency exchange rate is pretty advantageous if you come from the U.S. or Europe. So you do not have to feel conscious about the expenses. If you do not play golf, then you’d certainly enjoy the view and amenities present. These particular hotspots were designed by the well-respected Northrop and Joe Lee and provide guests a topical golfing landscape, surrounded by exotic plants and animals.