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...

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.

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.
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.

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.
Turbo, Colombia

Turbo: no tourists here

You're likely to find refreshingly few tourists in Turbo, on Colombia's northern coast, if you're adventurous enough to stick around.

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
Isla Providencia, Colombia by Richard Emblin

Providencia: unspoiled isle

Resisting temptations of oil and unchecked tourism, Providencia is one of Colombia's most unspoiled destinations.

Cartagena: From the most classic to cool and contemporary

Heading to Cartagena for the end of the year? Here, some tips on what's new in the Old.

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.

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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