Jul 24

20 Photos of the Colombian Caribbean to Make You Want to Pack Your Bag NOW

Caribbean palm tree, Cartagena

We spend a lot of time trying to show people that Colombia isn’t just beaches and coffee. Sometimes, though, you’ve just got to sit back and admit that if it were just beaches, it’d still be a pretty stunning place to visit.

Take these photos. Phwoar.

Barranquilla

 

Sunset in Barranquilla
Sunset in Barranquilla (photo credit:  Cath Ortega)

 

Outside the impressive Museo del Caribe, Barranquilla
Outside the impressive Museo del Caribe, Barranquilla

 

Marimonda Mask at Barranquilla's Carnival
Marimonda Mask at Barranquilla’s Carnival

 

Dance? Music? Culture? Party? Welcome to Barranquilla, guys. One of Colombia’s fastest-growing and most progressive cities, the future of Barranquilla is as bright as a Carnaval costume.

 

San Andres & Providencia

 

San Andres
San Andres

 

Providencia (the crabs come at night)
Providencia

 

The Caribbean Sea in Providencia
The Caribbean Sea in Providencia

 

As you may have guessed from the pictures, this is beach paradise. Cheap drinks, incredible food, a laid-back culture and basically everything you ever dreamed about Caribbean life being. Take me there now.

 

Cartagena

 

Cartagena
Cartagena

 

Cartagena from the air by Josmi Amin Martelo
Cartagena from the air by Josmi Amin Martelo

 

Sunset in Cartagena by Josmi Amin Martelo
Sunset in Cartagena by Josmi Amin Martelo

 

Cartagena is Colombia’s most iconic and well-known city. No wonder, when it looks as lovely as this. So much history and culture can be found within those old city walls. Makes you want to get on a plane right now, eh?

 

Tayrona National Park

 

Parque Tayrona
Parque Tayrona

 

Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park

 

One of the beautiful beaches of Tayrona
You should be here.

 

The spectaular Arricefes Beach
The spectaular Arrecifes Beach

 

There’s nothing quite like Tayrona National Park for a bit of relaxation. Just look at those views. LOOK AT THEM. I want to go.

 

Taganga & Santa Marta

 

Taganga
Fishing boats on Taganga’s coast

 

The beach in Taganga
The beach in Taganga

 

The beautiful Taganga sunset
The beautiful Taganga sunset

 

Santa Marta's old treasure
Santa Marta’s old treasure

Santa Marta is great for food, Taganga is great for partying, and the surrounding beaches are nothing short of spectacular. A must-visit when you’re in the region.

 

La Guajira

 

View from the Pilon de Azucar
View from the Pilon de Azucar, La Guajira

 

The beach at Cabo de La Vela
The beach at Cabo de La Vela, La Guajira

 

Punta Gallinas
Punta Gallinas

 

La Guajira is an area of Colombia that many people don’t visit. THIS IS A MISTAKE. You have been warned. La Guajira’s beaches are like nothing you’ve seen or experienced before, and the lobster is frankly a revelation. Go. There. Now.

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