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.

Morgan's head on the island of Providencia.

Providencia: Inspiration of visibility

Don't let beaches, palm trees and turquoise water mislead. The island of Providencia basks in a pirate past.

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 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.
Waterfalls along a trail near Minca, Colombia.

Minca: A remote paradise

Overlooking the tropical bays and waters of the Caribbean, Minca is a coveted outpost for foreigners.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Lost City found and lost again

The Lost City of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an awe-inspiring attraction, but what about the area's native residents?
The Zona Bananera of Colombia

Land of ‘La Unite’

In the early 20th century, the United Fruit Company ran Colombia’s northern coast, and bananas were mean business.
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.
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.
A Veery finch by Kelly Colgan Azar

Alone in the forest

Fear of being alone in the Sierra Nevada didn't stop Nick Bayly's mission to research Veery finch migration.