Is San Andrés Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

San Andrés is a relatively safe destination for solo female travelers. The locals are friendly and helpful. Nonetheless, it is imperative to observe common safety measures like avoiding deserted areas especially at night, not flaunting your valuables and being cautious with who you trust. Most of the safety concerns come from small crimes like theft, which can be avoided with a little vigilance.

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How safe is San Andrés?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Moderate

San Andrés is generally safe for solo female travelers, especially within the more tourist-friendly areas. However, it is a densely populated area with certain neighborhoods that may not be as safe, particularly for women at night. It is advisable to be cautious, stay in well-lit and bustling areas, and avoid walking alone after dark, if possible. If you do find yourself out late, it's smarter to use a trusted taxi service rather than walking. Like anywhere, maintaining a high level of situational awareness is critical to your safety.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Moderate

San Andrés generally offers reliable public transportation including taxis, buses, and 'moto-taxis'. However, as a solo female traveler, it's important to be cautious, especially at night. Always ensure that your taxi is licensed and try to share a cab with a fellow traveler if possible. While buses are cheaper, they might be a bit congested especially during peak hours. Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings at all times during your journey.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

San Andrés is generally known to be quite a safe destination for solo female travelers. While like any place, occasional instances of street harassment are not unheard of, they are quite rare and in most cases not anything more aggressive than some unsolicited compliments or cat-calls. As always, it is important to stay vigilant and take standard safety precautions, especially during the night or when in less crowded areas.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

San Andrés generally maintains a lower crime rate, particularly in relation to petty crimes. While it is important to universally maintain vigilance and precautions where personal belongings are concerned, fewer instances of pickpocketing or bag snatching are reported here. Still, it's recommended to keep an alert mind, especially in crowded areas and public transportation.
Tap water:

Tap water:Unsafe

It's generally recommended not to drink tap water in San Andrés. The island's tap water may not be sufficiently purified for drinking purposes, so the use of filtered or bottled water is highly advised to prevent any potential waterborne diseases.

Is San Andrés safe to travel?

Is San Andrés safe right now?

Before your visit to San Andrés, it's essential to check travel advisories for Colombia, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.

United States Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The United States Government advises reconsidering travel due to crime and terrorism. It suggests exercising increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping. Certain areas possess a higher risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 2, 2024

Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia, due to the high levels of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 6, 2024

Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia due to the threats of violent crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 5, 2024

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Beautiful, unique, amazing. Single women are quite noticeable, it seems they are not used to seeing foreigners and it can be a bit uncomfortable. Aside from that, everything great. Food is heavily based on seafood, a visit to Johnny Cay, is a must, it's incredible!

Posted: March 21, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 3/5
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