The Colombian Caribbean Coast vs the Pacific Coast

As you probably already know, Colombia is a country especially blessed in terms of natural beauty that just happens to have a coastline on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. And, even though both coastlines of Colombia offer the chance to experience beautiful beaches and tropical atmospheres, each coastline has its own unique character and personality. Today, we want to tell you a little bit about what you should expect during your trip to each of Colombia’s coasts.

Cabo de la Vela La Guajira, Colombia

Cabo de la Vela La Guajira, Colombia

Let’s start with the Caribbean Coast. The beaches on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia are closer in appearance to those you might find on a stereotypical Caribbean postcard. Many of the beaches on the Caribbean Coast are crystalline or turquoise in color, have beige to white sand, and are lined with different types of palm trees. Even so, there is a pretty wide variety of beaches on the Caribbean coast. For example, in Cabo de la Vela, La Guajira you will find beaches with turquoise waters, pearl white sand, and bright orange desert in the background that are nearly virgin and offer a great opportunity for exploring and getting away from the hustle and bustle, while in Bocagrande, Cartagena you will find beaches that have a brown colored sand, dark blue water, fewer palm trees, more amenities, and are more accessible to tourists.

That being said, you will find that the beaches along the Caribbean Coast of Colombia are generally more developed and better equipped to receive tourists than those found along the Pacific Coast. This is due to the fact that the Caribbean coast of Colombia has always been a popular tourist destination while the Pacific Coast has only recently moved into the tourism spotlight in Colombia. Even so, this is something that makes the beaches along the Pacific Coast stand out as a great travel destination in Colombia—they still have extremely virgin landscapes ripe for trekking and they are definitely off the beaten tourism path. While they are a bit trickier to reach due to less flights and fewer roads leading to them, they are still accessible and totally worth the trip.

Nuqui in the Colombian Pacific Coast

Nuqui in the Colombian Pacific Coast

Bahia Solano in the Colombian Pacific Coast

Bahia Solano in the Colombian Pacific Coast

Although many of Colombia’s Caribbean beaches have white sand with either mountainous landscapes or flat dessert land behind them, the beaches along the Pacific Coast are surrounded by rainforest and lush jungle flora and fauna and have brown sand and dark cerulean blue waters. While some of the Pacific beaches are well prepared to receive tourists, such as Nuquí or Bahía Solano, many of the beaches are still too virgin and unexplored to have developed serious touristic infrastructures. Therefore, when traveling to these beaches, you will want to make sure you are well-prepared in case you have to resort to camping and/or rely on your own food and drinks for meals.

One more difference you will surely notice between the beaches on the Pacific Coast and those on the Caribbean Coast is the difference in sea life you can observe. Along the Caribbean Coast, you will easily find great spots for snorkeling and observing corals and neon colored fish, while on the Pacific Coast you will more likely come across humpback whales and eels while exploring the waters there.

If you are looking for a trip to Colombia where you can get in contact with nature, history or just relax by the beach, either the Caribbean Coast or the Pacific Coast could be a great option for you.

Regardless of which beaches you decide to explore, we are sure you will find an amazing adventure waiting for you!

Happy travels,

The Uncover Colombia Team

See our  Colombian Caribbean Coast Tours:

Colombian Caribbean coast tour

Colombian Caribbean Coast TourDuring your trip around Colombia you will visit the vibrant capital city of Bogota, the historic and romantic Caribbean city of Cartagena de Indias and some of the most beautiful beaches in Tayrona National Natural Park. This 10-day tour is a great blend of Colombian history, culture, ecotourism and leisure. 

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Tayrona park and Santa Marta tour

Tayrona and Santa Marta Tour

During this 4-day trip, you will enjoy a great blend of Colombian history, culture, ecotourism and leisure. We will visit the Tayrona National Natural Park, where we will hike through its lush tropical forests surrounding the idyllic Caribbean beaches. We will also visit Santa Marta, the oldest surviving city in South America. 

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