Visiting the Beaches in Colombia
Colombia is unique because it has two coastlines – one along the Caribbean and the other along the Pacific. In general, the Caribbean coast is more developed for tourism and the Pacific is more of an off the beaten path destination. Both coasts offer unique experiences, gorgeous views and tropical culture. The Caribbean is home to must-see spots such as Cartagena, Santa Marta and Parque Tayrona, while the Pacific Coast is the place to be for whale watching and nature tours. Whichever coast you visit, be sure to make time to enjoy the beaches in Colombia.
Top Things to Do Along the Caribbean Coast
Historic Tour Cartagena – Cartagena is flush with historic charm. Learn about the colourful colonial buildings, fascinating churches and the massive fort that served as protection during a historic tour. You’ll feel like you’re walking through a different time period. The tropical ambience and warm people make visitors feel welcomed in this romantic coastal city.
Hike in Parque Tayrona – This national park is one of Colombia’s natural gems. The park is situated along the Caribbean coast, meaning visitors get to enjoy turquoise waters and tropical jungles all in one day. The park is also home to indigenous people who take care of the land. Keep in mind Tayrona Park is normally closed in February for maintenance.
Visit Islas del Rosario – Located about 35 km off the coast of Cartagena, Islas del Rosario consists of about 27 small islands which are surrounded by coral reefs. The whole area has been declared a natural park in order to preserve and protect the coral reefs.
Carnival in Barranquilla – The Carnival of Barranquilla is the second-largest Carnival celebration in the world. While Carnival is officially celebrated the four days before Ash Wednesday, there are pre-Carnival activities beforehand around the beginning of each new year. It features a variety of traditional dances and music.
Top Things to Do Along the Pacific Coast
Whale Watching – One of the most popular things to do along Colombia’s Pacific coast is whale watching. This once-in-a-lifetime experience gives people the chance to see whales surfacing and blowing water up to 7 meters in the air. July through November is the best time to see these creatures as they migrate from Antarctica to give birth.
Bahia Solano – Located along the Choco coast of Colombia, Bahia Solano is where most of the adventures in Colombia’s Pacific Region start. Reach this touristic town by taking a domestic flight from Medellin, Bogota or Cali. Diving, fishing and birding are the main activities in Bahia Solano.
Almejal Natural Reserve – Almejal Natural Reserve houses conservation projects and an organic garden. On the way to the reserve, visitors can see a breathtaking view of the ocean meeting the jungle below. They can also learn about certain species and ecosystems in the jungle.
Utria National Park – Utria National Park is located in one of the most gorgeous inlets in Colombia. Visitors can take a dip in the calm, emerald-green waters or walk through a mangrove swamp. Admire the fascinating coral reefs with powder-white sand.
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