Best Beaches in Colombia
Islas de Rosario, near Cartagena
Islas de Rosario is one of Colombia’s protected Nature Parks situated nearby the historical city of Cartagena. Getting there is possible by boat from Cartagena or by car. Most boat trips also include a lunch in a small bar just next to the beach.
Probably the most beautiful beach on the Rosario Islands is Playa Blanca. It has beautiful white sand and the water looks crystal clear. If you want to stay longer than a day you can rent a hammock or a cabin. For a day trip you can choose one of the boats which stay at Playa Blanca for a few hours and also stop at the aquarium of Cartagena. On the beach you can buy fresh food from the locals or go snorkeling in the beautiful water.
If you want to experience a typical Caribbean beach and try the typical food of the area you should visit Playa Blanca. The beach is part of the island Barú and next to the Corales de Rosario National Park.
San Andres and Providencia
Even though, San Andrés is 750km away from Colombia’s main land, politacally the Island belongs to Colombia as well as the Islands of Providencia and Santa Catalina 50 km further North. These are the perfect places for beautiful times on Caribbean beaches. The islands are situated nearby Nicaragua and the local culture is similar to the Jamaican. Languages spoken are English and Spanish.
The islands are part of the Seaflower Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Reserve which includes 10% of the Caribbean Sea. The beaches of San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina are white and the water crystal clear. Besides mangrove forests, coconut palms, reefs and atolls, the island of San Andres also has a Lagoon. Probably one of the most beautiful spots on San Andres is Johnny Cay which is a small coral islet next to San Andres Town. Another interesting place is Haynes Cay where many tourists go snorkeling or diving. If you are also interested in culture and history you should visit San Luis which is a combination of breathtaking beaches, excellent food and the old coconut port.
A few kilometers from San Andres are some Keys of which some of them are pure sand banks while others have some vegetation. These little paradises are perfect if you want to have a beach for yourself and be far away from the masses. Other beautiful beaches can be found on Providencia and Santa Catalina.
Santa Marta is a tourist destination on Colombia’s Caribbean coast and very popular among Colombians. The main beach is in El Rodadero and situated nearby restaurants and bars. This beach is well-visited and even at night there are many tourists who gather with friends or family and listen to the local live bands.
For those who prefer more quiet beaches, there are buses that go to the Tayrona National Park or to Taganga, 20 minutes north of Santa Marta.
Tayrona National Park
Situated only half an hour from the tourist hot spot Santa Marta is the Tayrona National Park. The Park is in the north of the Sierra Nevada and has lots of forests and coastline. For those who are interested in nature this place is prefect to spot some exotic wildlife such as endemic bird species, monkeys, turtles etc.
Some of the most spectacular beaches include Los Naranjos, Arrecife, La Piscina, Playa Nudista, Cinto and Cabo San Juan del Guia.
For those who like to stay longer than a day it is possible to stay on a camp site in the middle of the National Park. One of the best experiences is renting a hummock.
The Colombian Pacific Cost has some of the most hidden natural places. Especially the Chocó department is full of nature and only has a few small villages where time is passing much slower than in many other places of the world. Nuquí is a village in this beautiful area, disconnected from the world, but in one of the most beautiful natural spots on earth. The beaches are not typical sunbathing beaches like on the Caribbean Coast. This place is much rainier and humid and even one of the rainiest places on earth. For this reason many plant and animal species exist here, some of them not discovered yet. Also if you are interested in whale watching, this is the right place for you.
Similar to the beaches of Nuquí but more to the north of the Pacific Coast is Bahía Solano. The beaches are stunning and next to them is lots of nature to be discovered. The area is mainly rainforest and only few people live there. It is a paradise for people who are adventurous and who love untouched nature. However it is not recommended to visit the place for sun and beach holidays because of the regular rain. Bahía Solano is just a few kilometers north of the Utria National Park.
The region is also getting recognized as top water sports destinations. Valle's Almejal Beach, for example, is becoming a hot spot for surfing. Other interesting activities at Bahía Solano are scuba diving and sport fishing. There is one airport with connections to Colombia’s largest cities such as Bogotá, Medellin, Cali.