Golden sands and turquoise waters, lush green trees and mountain views, Colombia's coastline has the kind of landscape you could only dream of. Whilst the country's cities provide the buzz and energy, Colombia's beaches are a perfect haven of tranquillity; take a look at our top 10 list of the best beaches that Colombia has to offer...
Rincon Del Mar, Sucre
Just a couple of hours from Cartagena, this traditional fishing village is home to one of the most stunning Caribbean beaches complete with tropical mangroves and breath-taking sunsets. The perfect spot for snoozing in the sun, or for the more active types, exploring some of the unique sea life and wildlife of the area. Check out one of our favourite places to stay in Rincon Del Mar here.
Tayrona Park, Magdalena
This national park is one for the nature lovers. Inhabited by over 100 species of mammals, 300 species of birds and more than 700 different plant species, you'll no doubt discover something new around every corner. Hike the beautiful beaches of the park and enjoy the clean air and rugged scenery. This one requires a full day of walking and exploring, but is well worth the visit!
Palomino, La Guajira
Playa Colombia is paradise at it's finest. Only a mere km from the centre of Palomino, the white sands and palm trees of this beach look like they've been plucked straight from a postcard. With a flat beach, perfect for leisurely walks and the ideal waves for surfing, this playa is just what's needed for day of rest & relaxation. What's more, from the town of Palomino, you get impressive views of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range.
Rosario and San Bernardo Islands, Bolívar, Sucre & Córdoba
An archipelago of over 30 islands on the Caribbean coast hosting untouched beauty spots, coral reefs and crystal clear waters. If you're looking for pure escapism, this is the place to be! Disconnect from the world or test your flora & fauna knowledge at the San Bernardo National Nature Park. You can even take a kayak trip to explore the swamps and mangroves.
Cabo De La Vela & Punta Gallinas, La Guajira
La Guajira sits to the very north of Colombia and provides a unique climate including the region's infamous desert lands. Rugged sand dunes and rocky cliffs line the beaches of this region making it an excellent spot for budding artists and photographers. The dry terrain and orange sands will surely excite the adventurous spirits looking to get away from the usual pristine beaches.
With wide beaches and long stretches of sand, there are numerous resorts to discover along the Nuquí coast and one of the best times to visit is between July and October, during the whale watching season. Guachalito Beach is particularly secluded, if you're after peace & quiet, otherwise make sure you take the time to uncover the area's hot springs and many waterfalls.
San Andrés Island
There's a reason this island is one of the most visited places in Colombia! With rough & rocky terrain to the southwest, quieter coves in the east and the most popular beaches in the north, it offers the chance to pick and choose your location dependent on how you feel for the day. There's even aquariums on the island to provide some all round family fun or diving experiences for the marine life lovers. Fun fact: the island is also home to the third largest barrier reef in the world.
Uramba National Natural Park Bahía Málaga, Valle Del Cauca
Rich in biodiversity and lush green forests, this pacific coastline offers up another of Colombia's great national parks, combining beach life with nature exploration in and around Málaga Bay. Brimming with activities such as whale watching, kayaking and swimming , there is always something to see or do at the Uramba National Park.
Bahía Solano, Chocó
The city with the largest pacific coast, Bahía Solano's beaches are home to dolphins and sea turtles as well as an abundance of migratory birds. The beaches themselves offer warm water and tranquil surroundings and the region is full of beautiful ecohotels and lodges - everything you need for a beach getaway.
All the secluded charm of a laid-back paradise with an abundance of natural waterfalls, winding walking paths and vibrant greenery surrounding the glorious beaches of this area. Try your hand at snorkelling, relax & take in the sea views or release some energy at the beach side nightclub La Brujita.
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