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Discover the Best Beaches in Colombia

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Jun 11, 2012

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By Diego Silva

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The Best Beaches in Colombia

Updated September 17th, 2020

Colombia beaches are what you imagine when you picture the best beaches in South America. One of the best things to do on a Colombia tour is to discover its beautiful, white-sand beaches. Most of the islands and beaches in Colombia are lesser-known but just as amazing as others in the Caribbean, such as Jamaica and the Bahamas. Our expert-rated list of the beaches in Colombia will list destinations perfect for your family holiday, honeymoon celebration, or simply a winter escape.

1. San Andres Island

Imagine crystal clear waters, white sand, and tropical weather in Colombia, and the first place that comes to mind is San Andres Island. Located in the Caribbean, and just a two-hour flight away from mainland Colombia, this island paradise offers a spectacular scenario for relaxation. San Andres boasts perfect weather throughout the year, and its lush vegetation makes this place one of the “must-see” best beaches in Colombia.

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In addition to its natural beauty, the local culture here reflects its different historical influences – from the Spanish colonial era to reggae due to its proximity to Jamaica. We love combining the San Andres Island with a tour of historical Bogota and the Providencia Islands. The Providencia Islands are ideal for those looking for a remote, clean beach with spectacular clear waters.

2. Cartagena de Indias

Not only is Cartagena de Indias a colonial treasure, but it is also one of the best beach destinations in Colombia. One of the most visited Colombia beaches are those located in Cartagena de Indias. Surrounded by a beautiful landscape of white sand, palm trees, and blue ocean, this city is well-known for its architecture and rich culture. Beyond the beaches, the city is an amazing place to visit in Colombia. The city is divided into two areas, one modern part called “Bocagrande” with high towers facing the beach, and the historical part called “The Walled City,” full of restaurants and shopping centers.

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Also close to Cartagena is the Rosario Islands which can be reached by boat from the historical downtown in less than 2 hours. A collection of small islands, Rosario is a perfect getaway from the city and it offers a rather calm atmosphere for those in search of relaxation. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking among the coral reefs and mangrove forests. You can also opt for visiting the aquarium or trying some Colombian cuisine like fried plantains and fresh seafood.

3. Tayrona National Park

For travelers looking for a Colombia adventure and some time in the sun, Tayrona National Park is the perfect place to visit. Facing the Caribbean Sea, this coastal national park is a great place for trekking, surfing, and relaxing on pristine beaches. This delightful spot can be reached easily from Santa Marta, and it offers Colombia wilderness at its most pure.

Tayrona National park

After a day spent hiking or surfing, relax in an “Arrecife” hammock hut or go camping. In the evening listen to reggae music and sip a fresh-squeezed maracuya juice. Watch the sunset and understand why people from around the world choose to visit the beaches in Colombia. If you have additional time to explore, see what other things you can do on your Colombia holiday.

4. Palomino Beach

If you love surfing and wild adventures, Palomino Beach is for you. While the small Palomino town might be a bit off the beaten path, this piece of paradise is for perfect surfing and eco-friendly activities. The area offers very nice cabana-style accommodations and simple huts on the beach.

tropical fish caribbean sea

The Palomino Beach will be one of the best beaches in Colombia for you if you are interested in romantic sunsets, horseback riding by the sea, or spotting beautiful birds in the surrounding jungle. Palomino beach is very close to one of the most important ecological areas of Colombia – Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta – a perfect destination for hikers as well!

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After reading our best beaches in Colombia list, you now know whether you want to explore a Colombia beach close to Cartagena, something more remote like the San Andrés Island beaches, or maybe a tropical beach like Palomino. If you’re looking for more information or considering planning a tour, contact one of our Expert Travel Consultants today!

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