a VirtualTourist member from Birmingham
My Family (wife and two children ages 15 and 11) are planning to make a short trip to Granada from Miami this April and I wondered how safe the city is for an obvious non Nicaraguan looking family to walk around in?
we have been torn between Cartagena in colombia and Granada for this short break so any views on either would be great.
I have been to both places, in years 2007 (Granada) and 2008 (Cartagena).
Cartagena is a large, modern city with a stunning historical center, rich in history and charm. Granada is a picturesque, small town good for relaxing in a lay-back environment. Cartagena has more variety and has certainly more-impressive sites, Granada has a more relaxed atmosphere. I couldn't say which one I enjoyed the most, because I enjoyed both in a different way.
Re: safety in Granada, by using common sense you should be fine. Pre-arrange airport pickup at arrival through your hotel or guesthouse.
Enjoy your trip with your family!
Both of the times that I visited Granada (2004 and 2006) there seemed to be as many foreigners in town as there were Nicaraguans, if not more, so I don't think that your obvious foreignness would be any sort of security concern as long as you don't do anything foolish. Haven't ever been to Cartagena, so I can't help you decide between the two. If you do pick Granada, I would suggest spending at least one night on the Isla de Ometepe, especially given your children's ages.