Top 5 Colombian Beaches
– Cartagena is the place where you should start your Colombian trip. It is popular among the tourists but you can find everything there.
Best thing in Cartagena is the old city that is surrounded by a old wall. Inside the wall you will find beautiful colored houses and the old culture of Colombia with restaurants and shopping possibilities.
-Cartagena is a Beach resort, but the beaches are not the best that Colombia can offer. If you like to experience beach life you could easily head to Playa Blanca, which is 45min drive away. There you can find relaxed island living, crystal clear turquoise water and white smooth sand. In Playa Blanca you should stay at least one night so in the morning you can hit that quiet empty beach and enjoy a piece of paradise.
– in Cartagena you should live in the area of Gentseman which is a travellers favourite. It has lower living expenses and it has the best night life Cartagena can offer. You can find Cuban salsa clubs and street kitchens. Arepa’s are something you definitely should try.
Santa Marta is one of the cities that travelers are enjoying. You can reach there in 4 hours by buss fro Cartagena. In the city itself has only a harbor but near by you can find Rodareido beach resort and the tourists favor it. If you are looking more peaceful beach you should head to Taylors Nature Park the beaches there are breath taking.
– Taylor is definitely place worth to visit and maybe even camping with a tent. The entrance fee includes also the night at the camping area. You should head to the camping place early so you would still get a tent or at least a hammock. During the night it’s very difficult to leave from Taylor. You can manage to sleep under the sky but this is a Nature Park so there is snakes and alligators near by.
-In the harbour you should stay in the old city side, there you can find nice restaurants and little bit of night life but don’t expect any super parties in Santa Marta, all the restaurants are closing really early.
-If you are into trekking you might want to visit the Minca. It’s about one hour drive away.
Easy hike to the waterfalls and there is few choices to chose from 1hrs to 6hrs. You can also stay there for a night, you can find lot of nice hostels from the area. Stay alert for the mosquitos it’s not a joke there. They will eat your legs and you might end up with infection
-When the city life starts to be too hectic in Santa Marta. You can take a day trip to Tatanga a small fishing village only 20min taxi trip away.
There you can find small beaches side by side and you can just walk to the next beach and find your own.
-There will be time when you want some peace from the touristic scene of Santa Marta and Cartagena.
Then what you want to do is take a trip to Palomino. This is the most hippie place filled with vegan restaurants and super long beach. You can reach Palomino by buss or taxi. If you take a taxi you should order that as well for the return trip, there is no taxis in Palomino. This is also affordable place so Palomino will fit for the budget traveler.
This was one of my personal favorites. Only few people find this place and because of that the beach is quiet, untouched and there is no pushy sales guys or peddler.
In Guachaca you really need to live in the beach hostel or hotels. You can really enjoy beach life there is no shops or services other than the accommodation is offering.
Beach hostels are usually dorms, but this is an experience after all. Can’t complain.
San Andress is an island paradise next to Nicaraguan boarder. You don’t actually feel that you are still in Colombia you have more like a feeling that you would be somewhere in the Caribbean’s. Island is reasonably more expensive than the Colombia itself even though you can find cheap flights there 50€/ $65 per one direction.
The accommodations and restaurants are on European price range. Island has more than one paradise beaches where you can really feel at peace. This place is popular among divers and snorkelers. Water is extremely bright and you can spend days in one location just admiring the view.In the island you can rent a golf cart or a moped to get around. Near by island you can make day trips, all though they are really small they are also really popular so you can’t feel the lowliness at all.
But here everything is just perfect like in the paradise beach should. Only minus is the prices.
This is my Top5 list of Colombian Beaches. Lot to see and places to go. Need to head for the airport.
See you soon…