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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.

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.

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...

Costeño Beach: Best surf secret in Tayrona

Inspired by the bestselling novel The Beach, two brothers created a surfer’s paradise in a remote stretch of Tayrona.
Embera huts dot the roadside in Mutatá.

Remote, revived Urabá reflects Colombia’s diversity

A trip to Urabá is a trip to a deeper Colombia, full of ethnic diversity, vibrant culture and sometimes painful memories.
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Tai chi-lling in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Looking to de-stress from city life? Get in touch with mind and body in Colombia's spectacular Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.
Tolú

Finding a beach to call your own in Tolú

Slightly off the tourist trail, Tolú offers Caribbean paradise without the throngs of Cartagena or Santa Marta.

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.
Cascada Marinka outside of Santa Marta, Colombia

An insider’s guide to Santa Marta’s hidden ‘pearls’

Santa Marta is one of Colombia's many tropical paradises, and knowing where to go will earn you an even more relaxing trip far from the tourist throngs.

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.

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.

Five destinations on Colombia’s coast

From literary towns to a mud-filled volcano, don't miss these five 'must-visit' destinations on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

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