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.

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
Getsemani, Cartagena

Getsemaní: lost and found

Once abandoned to drugs and prostitution, Getsemaní is now one of Cartagena's most vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods.
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.
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.
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?

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.
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.
The tranquil bay of Capurgana in the Darien.

Capurganá: Paradise earned

To enjoy the earthly paradise of Capurganá and Sapzurro you must be prepared to take the paths less traveled.

Barranquilla Carnival and the court of King Momo

Barranquilla gears up for its carnival and cast of colorful characters. Here, a guide to who’s who in this Kingdom of the street.
Mompós plaza being restored

Restoring Mompós

Renovations in this important historical town have generated controversy regarding just how much to change from the past.

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.

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.
Boaters in Bocachica

Bocachica: open secret

Twenty minutes outside of Cartagena, Bocachica is worlds removed with empty beaches and fresh cheap seafood.

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 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...
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.'

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