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.

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.
The bar at the Brisa Loca Hostel in Santa Marta

Gone with the ‘Crazy Wind’

As the founder of ‘Brisa Loca’ in Santa Marta, Ryan Dore chose the old city to offer travelers a more vibrant experience.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

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.
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.

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...

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.

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