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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

Cool and “steamy” escapes for a St.Valentine’s in Colombia

A romantic escape to the beach can leave you exhausted. Here, some destinations that will sweep you off your feet for St.Valentine's in Colombia.
Embera huts dot the roadside in Mutatá.

Remote, revived Urabá reflects Colombia’s diversity

A trip to Urabá is a trip to a deeper Colombia, full of ethnic diversity, vibrant culture and sometimes painful memories.
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.
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.
Aracataca

Aracataca: The legacy of ‘Gabo’

Aracataca, Gabriel García Márquez's birthplace, bursts with references to his celebrated works.
Mompós plaza being restored

Restoring Mompós

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

Crusading for a more eco-friendly “Palomino way”

An important environmental effort is underway to keep the beach town of Palomino as pristine as humanly-possible.

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.
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.

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.
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?

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