Today we are in beach mode and want to tell you about the five beaches we consider to be the best in Colombia. Have a look and choose one or two to include during your tour to Colombia!
In no particular order…
1. Pilón de Azúcar, La Guajira
Located nearly at the end of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia, the beach area known as Pilón de Azúcar (translated as “pile of sugar”) is one of the most spectacular beach areas in Colombia. The actual beach area is nestled at the base of two hills of bright orange sand and is surrounded by green limestone bases. With some of the most vibrant turquoise waters and perfect waves, this beach offers you the chance to enjoy one of the most unexplored regions of Colombia while taking advantage of a one of kind beach experience.
2. Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Natural Park, Magdalena
Tayrona Park has many beaches, but the most popular and best known beach is that of Cabo San Juan. One of the furthest beaches from the official park entrance, Cabo San Juan gives you the chance to enjoy a beach that is surrounded by incredibly beautiful mountain landscapes and rainforest views. It would not be strange to see a howler monkey, sand crab, or blue-tailed skink cross paths with you as you swim, sun bathe, and relax on this spectacular beach. If you are really up for an adventure, you can rent a hammock and stay the night.
3. Nuquí, Chocó
Located in Chocó, a department just now becoming popular on the tourism circuit in Colombia, Nuquí is a small town that is still off the beaten path and off the main stream tourist radar. On the Pacific Coast, Nuquí will offer you the chance to get up close and personal with Afro-Colombian traditions, traditional and unique Colombian foods of the Pacific, and with flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the country. If you go at the right time of the year, you can even plan a date with a herd of humpback whales that migrate in this area annually.
Only a 45 minute boat ride from the historic city of Cartagena, Barú is a peninsula boasting beaches likened to those seen on popular Caribbean postcards. The beaches in Barú, like Playa Blanca, are famous for their crystalline-turquoise waters and pearl white sands. While anyone can come to these beaches, they are typically filled with people sporting the latest models of bathing suits, speakers playing the hottest new songs, and restaurants and beach vendors selling everything from typical Caribbean food to sunglasses, coconut oil for tanning, cold beers, and artesnal goods made from sea shells. If you are looking for a nice getaway or a change in scenary from the historic walled city in Cartagena, Barú is the perfect beach zone for you.
5. San Andres
Located about 500 miles off the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, San Andres is a small island filled with gorgeous beach landscapes. The beaches here are famous for having seven colors or shades of blue that slowly fade out into the horizon. San Andres is also famous for having some of the best snorkeling sites in the country, and although getting here can be a little more expensive than getting to some of the other beaches on this list, if you want a truly unique beach experience, don’t leave San Andres off your list.
The Uncover Colombia Team