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.

Mompox by Andres Tobon

My best, exotic Mompós

The rhythms of colonial Mompós seem from a different era, particularly for a foreigner running a guest house.
Sailing to Cartagena on the Stahlratte

Setting sail for Cartagena

When traveling from Panama to Cartagena, try the old-fashioned way: sailing on a multi-day island-hopping cruise.

Barranquilla Carnival and the court of King Momo

Barranquilla gears up for its carnival and cast of colorful characters. Here, a guide to who’s who in this Kingdom of the street.

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.
The bar at the Brisa Loca Hostel in Santa Marta

Gone with the ‘Crazy Wind’

As the founder of ‘Brisa Loca’ in Santa Marta, Ryan Dore chose the old city to offer travelers a more vibrant experience.
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.
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.
Flamingos in Colombia's La Guajira department. (Photo by Jacqui de Klerk)

On Colombia’s north coast, La Guajira’s pristine flamingo paradise

On Colombia's northern coast, a unique reserve brims with pink flamingos, though climate change has threatened their numbers.

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.