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.

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.
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.

Forbes sets its sight on Cartagena’s “cool” Getsemaní

The financial news publication Forbes has featured Getsemaní in a travel story as the "coolest" neighborhood in Cartagena.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Playa Blanca on Barú reopens to tourism after rash of boating accidents

The popular beach of Playa Blanca on the peninsula of Barú has reopened to tourists with strict measures announced to ensure public safety with watersports.
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.

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.

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.

Mompox: Colonial masterpiece at the heart of imagination

The colonial town of Mompox on the Magdalena River was at the epicenter of Simón Bolívar's Independence campaign and a place where imagination runs wild.
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.'
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.

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