Cartagena has always been one of the safest cities in Colombia. Colombia, as a country, is now enjoying relative safety
compared to a few years ago, that is before President Uribe. Brazil
, for example, is said to be more dangerous than Colombia at present, in general.
Cartagena is a very easy city to get to know, is not very large, and if you are sensible and polite, as in any city, you shouldn't have any problems. As in NYC
, just don't do something silly, such as jogging in Central Park at midnight. I lived there in Colombia for five years in the 1970's and visit Cartagena every year and have never had any "safety" problems.
Colombians are very proud of this most beautiful city and are fun to be around as they are a very warm and friendly. Have lunch at the Club de Pesca.