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.

Isla Fuerte: Small island, big wonders

Isla Fuerte is the least known and lesser visited of Colombia’s Caribbean islands, perhaps because of its location off the coast of Cordoba, 200...

Plan-cation: Don’t miss the boat

When traveling in Colombia, it's best to heed the advice of locals so as to not get stranded.

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.
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.'

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.

Never lost in paradise

Here The City Paper's guide to sand, bays and those secluded coves in the not so remote ecosystem of Parque Tayrona.

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.

Back to the farm

It’s not what Orwell had in mind when he wrote Animal Farm, but when on the coast, el Solar, is fun for the whole family, including yours.
Semana Santa in the Colombian town of Mompox.

Mompox: saints, sinners and masons

An austere Semana Santa contrasts with pagan traditions and colorful history in the legendary Magdalena town of Mompox.

Cool and “steamy” escapes for a St.Valentine’s in Colombia

A romantic escape to the beach can leave you exhausted. Here, some destinations that will sweep you off your feet for St.Valentine's in Colombia.
Maicao mosque

Maicao: far from Mecca

Home to South America's second largest mosque, Maicao is a dusty border town well off the beaten tourist track.

Four days at the heart of Colombia’s Lost City

A trek to the Lost City is an obligatory part of the Colombian "adventure," but the human footprint must respect ancestral ways and the pristine nature.
Santa Cruz de Islote

Island of many souls

One of the world's most densely populated areas, Islote, in the San Bernardo islands is home to more than a thousand.

The Zenú: Gold, ghosts and plenty of pirates

With Semana Santa around the corner, Colombians head to the coast. When in Cartagena, visit a gold museum dedicated to the lost Zenú culture
Boaters in Bocachica

Bocachica: open secret

Twenty minutes outside of Cartagena, Bocachica is worlds removed with empty beaches and fresh cheap seafood.

Mompox: Colonial masterpiece at the heart of imagination

The colonial town of Mompox on the Magdalena River was at the epicenter of Simón Bolívar's Independence campaign and a place where imagination runs wild.