Caribbean

Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta. Colombia’s three largest Caribbean cities each have tons to offer, from colonial architecture to tropical beaches. The Caribbean region is also home to small towns virtually lost in time and the stark desert beauty of the northern La Guajira region.

Cartagena is more than a resort town. It's an important business center in the Caribbean.

Cartagena: Break with ‘Convention’

While many flock to Cartagena on vacation, the old city also caters to business travelers in search of a break from the 'Convention.'
Nestled along secluded bays of the Colombian Caribbean, this town is a hot destination for travelers.

Paradise at Palomino

Palomino is becoming the hot new Caribbean destination, offering breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada.
Isla Providencia, Colombia by Richard Emblin

Providencia: unspoiled isle

Resisting temptations of oil and unchecked tourism, Providencia is one of Colombia's most unspoiled destinations.

Cartagena: From the most classic to cool and contemporary

Heading to Cartagena for the end of the year? Here, some tips on what's new in the Old.
Mompós plaza being restored

Restoring Mompós

Renovations in this important historical town have generated controversy regarding just how much to change from the past.
The Republican architecture of central Cienaga.

Ciénaga: A sleeping beauty

A city that inspired a novel is kept alive through the voices of its peoples and imposing literary landmarks.
The Morro of Santa Marta.

The guardian of Santa Marta

An outcropping of rock facing Santa Marta has protected this town for centuries. Now the protagonist of the new movie, El Faro.

Taking the slow boat up the Magdalena River

Even though Mompox will be connected to the rest of Colombia by bridge, the preferred means of getting to this colonial town is riding a time-tested ferry.

Crusading for a more eco-friendly “Palomino way”

An important environmental effort is underway to keep the beach town of Palomino as pristine as humanly-possible.

Tayrona Park reopens after eco “healing” helps endangered biodiversity

Closed for one month by the indigenous groups that inhabit the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the PNN Tayrona reopens confirming the existence of endangered jaguars, pumas and the paujil.

Forbes sets its sight on Cartagena’s “cool” Getsemaní

The financial news publication Forbes has featured Getsemaní in a travel story as the "coolest" neighborhood in Cartagena.

Minca: The Ultimate Getaway in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Minca, in the hills above Santa Marta, has positioned itself as an obligatory destination on the travel circuit of the coast. Here, an insider's guide to this tropical getaway.

Bocas de Ceniza: When the Magdalena river meets the sea

At the tip of Barranquilla the Magdalena River crashes into the Caribbean creating a maelstrom of current, spray and exacerbated by relentless wind. Welcome to the "ash mouth" of Colombia.
Turbo, Colombia

Turbo: no tourists here

You're likely to find refreshingly few tourists in Turbo, on Colombia's northern coast, if you're adventurous enough to stick around.

What’s new in old Santa Marta?

One of the preferred vacation destinations on the coast, Santa Marta continues to innovate with more options for the demanding traveler.
A city of diversity and opportunity is also one of Colombia's hubs for gastronomy.

Barranquilla: Place of peoples

With its long history of receiving immigrants, Barranquilla today is a business hub that celebrates diversity.