It should come as no surprise that Colombia, which has a coastline that is lapped by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, has a large number of islands, and beaches that are just waiting to be discovered. Check out our curated collection of places to stay, which features destinations as diverse as the tropical Isla Bar and the picture-perfect San Andrés and Providencia. Colombia's Caribbean and Pacific beaches all have a lot to offer travelers, in addition to the country's historically significant towns, the Andes Mountains, and the Amazon Rainforest. We have compiled a list of the top beaches and islands in Colombia that you should visit.
Located roughly 90 km north of San Andrés, another popular Caribbean Island, Providencia is a true gem. Because it's inconveniently located near San Andrés, few people know about it. Emerald-green lagoons, lush vegetation, and miles of coral reef are all you'll find here; no five-star resorts or hotels.
Santa Isabel, the island's capital, is a very modern city. You may take a leisurely stroll through the historic district down to the bay, where there are many great places to eat and drink. It is possible that Manzanillo Bay and Bottom House are the best beaches on the island. Crab Cay is another fantastic destination, as it is bordered by a stunning barrier reef teeming with colorful fish, manta rays, and barracudas. Southwest Bay is another must-see because of its tranquil, clean waters and vibrant flora and animals.
Playa Blanca is a beach resort town that can be found to the southwest of Cartagena, on an extinct peninsula that is now united to the mainland by a bridge and canal. Playa Blanca is known for its white sand beaches (known locally as Canal del Dique). The beach's beautiful white sand and clear water draw a large number of tourists each day. Because of the large number of people who are anticipated to arrive throughout the course of the day, getting there early is your best choice if you want to find somewhere quiet to sit. On scorching days, the delectable coconut treats known as cocadas are a welcome treat that can be purchased from street sellers. Cocadas are available in a variety of flavors. Along the coastline, you'll find a number of businesses that are open for business and offer beach umbrella and chaise lounge rentals.
Tierra Bomba can be reached by boat with little effort due to its location to the south of Cartagena and to the north of the island of Bar. Waves from the ocean can be very calming, and this spot is perfect for spending a lovely day here while listening to them do so. Numerous restaurants and bars serving regional delicacies may be found in close proximity to the beaches of this city. Those that take pleasure in going on hikes in the wilderness, snorkeling, or diving will find this to be a fantastic site. Renting a bicycle is always an option for visitors who would like to become more familiar with the island.
Despite an uptick in tourism in recent years, this island still feels untouched by time and is home to a peaceful community (especially in the area home to hotels and resorts). Mucura is one of the San Bernado Islands, and its beautiful beaches, which are backed by dense palm groves, are the island's main draw. As could be expected, a vacation in Mcura is the ideal time to kick back with a good book, refuel your batteries, and bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of a picture-perfect getaway.
El Pueblo is the largest settlement on the island. Stay in one of the many charming stilt cottages and wake up to the stunning scenery, brilliant sunlight, and perhaps even a gigantic shell. There is a plankton-filled lagoon on the island that visitors can swim in. Snorkeling and scuba diving are other must-dos, especially in Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park where you may swim with sea turtles and tropical fish.
The Chocó area of Colombia is home to the tropical enclave of Nuqu, which may be found on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Because of its distant location, it is not on the typical tourist path; as a result, you'll discover beaches that are beautifully untouched here, in addition to some of the best options for surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and observing whales in all of Colombia. The city of Nuqu places a significant focus on ecotourism, and the city is home to a number of ecolodges that offer hospitable lodging in the midst of serene and unspoiled natural settings. Land travel is not an option because it is encircled by thick jungle and there are no highways connecting it to the rest of the country. The only way to get there is by air travel. Your best bet is to take a flight that departs immediately from Medellin.
La Boquilla is a sleepy fishing community that can be found to the north of Cartagena on the edge of a tiny strip of land. Its beach is famous for wind and kite surfing due to the continued strong wind conditions that can be found there. The original village is located to the north, and it is here that you will find a cluster of traditional beachfront restaurants serving fish that has been freshly caught in the area. The southern part of the village, known as Morros, is significantly more built up, and it contains several contemporary high-rise apartment blocks and hotels. You won't find as many other tourists here, but it's an easy half-day excursion if you want to discover a different side of Cartagena that's away from the city center. The neighboring mangrove forests are also worth exploring on a guided canoe journey, which is something that you have the opportunity to undertake as part of Culture Trip's adventure along the Colombian Caribbean coast.
This little atoll sometimes referred to as "dream island," is located close to San Andrés. As the island is barely 200 meters in size and is frequently overrun with people, admission to this park requires a fee. Thus, a day on the island is certain to be filled with color, relaxation, and a few other tourists. You may even see an iguana or two! The beaches and environment are exquisite, and you may even see an iguana or two! The island is also renowned for its coconut-based desserts and beverages served at its numerous kiosks.
Tintipan Island, one of eleven sister islands in the San Bernardo Archipelago, is located in the Sucre Department. To reach here, you must take a bus from Cartagena to the village of Tolù, which will take two hours. Tintipán Island is a true Caribbean jewel, and its coastline is unquestionably its most alluring feature. Here, it is nearly hard to avoid swimming or snorkeling (you never know, you might even spot a dolphin). This spot is perfect for unwinding, whether you're reading a book or sunbathing with pals. You can also spend your days sampling local cuisine and specialties, such as fish, plantain, and coconut rice. The majority of the local vegetation consists of mangroves. After stepping foot on this enchanted island, you will definitely be in the best of spirits.
Located in close proximity to Cartagena and protected by a national park, the Rosario Islands are an archipelago of 27 islands. The beaches here are just like those in the Caribbean, yet there are hardly any people, and the water is crystal clear and home to coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. The Rosario Islands are home to some of Colombia's most beautiful beaches, perfect for a day vacation or a few nights of sunbathing and snorkeling.
Back to the Archipelago of San Bernardo and a collection of islets located around one hour by boat from Tol. In addition to its natural beauty, Santa Cruz del Islote is renowned for its population density, which is the greatest in the world. It encompasses slightly more than one hectare of land, which is equivalent to two football fields and is home to over 1,200 people. It is a contemporary, urbanized island with four streets, solar panels, and a school. Not only is life here cozy, but it is also colorful and lively. Outdoors, youngsters engage in a variety of recreational activities. This is an excellent location to meet locals!
There are more picturesque beaches in Colombia, but when it comes to accessibility and surrounding services, Playa Bocagrande is hard to beat. Located on a skyscraper and hotel-lined peninsula just south of Cartagena's Walled City and the hip Getseman area, Bocagrande has a Miami feel. Bocagrande's long, broad strips of sand are great spots to soak up the Caribbean sun within easy walking distance from the city center, although they can get very crowded, especially during high season and on weekends. There is a wide variety of dining options and nightlife venues available to you.
This particular island can be found in the Amazonas Department, some twenty kilometers away from the city of Leticia. Squirrel monkeys make up the vast majority of the island's population. The island of Arara, sometimes called Los Micos or Monkey Island, is a river island that is well-known for the free-roaming population of Amazonian primates that can be found there. The local population of monkeys enjoys climbing between the branches of the trees, and they are accustomed to having people around. The local monkeys are always eager to strike a pose for the camera and hop up on people's backs or heads, as though they are anticipating the delicious banana that will be their reward for cooperating with the requisite photo op.
Mike Tsalikis, an American adventurer who was born in Greece, is also connected to the mythical island of Monkey Island. The Amazon in Colombia is home to an incredible array of plant and animal life and is a leader in the field of environmentally responsible tourism. On the island, the only building other than the one made of wood that caters to tourists is a small shop selling regional produce.
Colombia's cities are alive and full of history, and you should visit all of them. Start in Bogota, the country's capital, and enjoy the elegance of the colonial era, lively restaurants and shops, and exciting street art.
Explore Cartagena, which is on the Caribbean coast and is known for its busy Old Town and the nearby world's first free town, San Basilio de Palenque. You can also go to Medellin in August for its annual Flower Festival.
Outside of the cities, there are many ways to experience the natural beauty of Colombia. You can hike and swim in the coastal Tayrona National Park, visit the coffee-growing region of the Central Andes, which is known for its snow-capped peaks, ice sheets, and forests, and trek through the beautiful cloud forests of Cocora Valley. At Totumo Volcano, you can relax by taking a mud bath.
When should you pack your bags for Colombia?
The fact that Colombia is close to the equator has a big effect on its weather. It depends on where you are: Bogota has an endless spring, while Cartagena has a hot summer. Near the Caribbean Sea, the weather is warm and tropical, but it gets too hot and humid as you get closer to the Amazon. During the dry season, which is from December to April, or in July and August, Colombia is a good place to visit. Even during the dry season, though, it rains a lot.
Now without any further delay let’s take you to the luxury of the hotels that reside in this beautiful country.