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.

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 tranquil bay of Capurgana in the Darien.

Capurganá: Paradise earned

To enjoy the earthly paradise of Capurganá and Sapzurro you must be prepared to take the paths less traveled.
Boaters in Bocachica

Bocachica: open secret

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

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.

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.
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.

La Arenosa: A guide to what’s new in Colombia’s vibrant port city

Here’s a guide to what’s new and “hot” in Colombia’s port city of Barranquilla, fondly known as La Arenosa.

Casa en el Agua: An island to find your “inner Dolphin”

Built on an outcrop of sand, the ecological hostel Casa en el Agua may be removed from mainland Colombia, but you won't feel like Caribbean castaway.
La Guajira Wayuu

Into the Wild East

Cut off from the rest of the country by culture and geography, La Guajira is a wild region of stark beauty.
From the bay of Taganga, travelers can venture east towards Tayrona Park for empty and pristine beaches.

Taganga: Friendly ‘pirates’

Don’t be a trapped in Taganga. One of Colombia’s most picturesque towns is an exercise in finding trips to empty beaches.

Never miss out on a beach: Four of Colombia’s most beautiful

With a Caribbean and Pacific coastline, there are countless stretches of beach in Colombia to explore, each with their own beauty and natural charm. Here four options for your next excursion.
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.

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.
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.
Aracataca

Aracataca: The legacy of ‘Gabo’

Aracataca, Gabriel García Márquez's birthplace, bursts with references to his celebrated works.