7 Best Beaches in Colombia for Ultimate Vacations

By Shraddhanvita Tiwari on Feb 05, 2019
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When it comes to Colombia's sun-toasted stretches of grey sand close to the underwater playground of Whales and Dolphins, every other magic in the world loses its charm.

So, if you are eyeing a Colombian beach vacation, here are the best beaches in Colombia for you.

1. Crystal Beach, Santa Marta

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Crystal beach or Playa Cristal in the local language is one of the most beautiful Santa Marta, Colombia beaches. The unique white sand strands separated by the rocks are the highlights of this beach. Far from the madding crowd, Crystal beach is also one of the most secluded beaches in Colombia. The beach is located in Parque Tayrona, and you can reach here by taking a boat ride from Neguanje. If you want to witness plenty of tropical fish playing rhythmically around the coral reef, Crystal Beach is the best place to be at.

2. La Boquilla, Cartagena

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La Boquilla in Cartagena stands as a perfect juxtaposition of peace and party, with sparkling platinum sands and turquoise waters, and plenty of resorts, restaurants, pubs, and fun-centers on the other hand. Nothing can ever beat the alluring elegance of the beautiful resorts present on the beach offering a relaxing Turkish bath, multiple swimming pools, gyms, and a 24-hour security.

3. Playa Manzanillo, Providencia

This Isla de Providencia beach is one of the best spots for the people looking for an off-beat beach vacation. The Island of Providencia, a land marked by its silvery sand beaches, spectacular scenery, and turquoise waters, is located about 90 kilometers from San Andres. This gorgeous island hasn’t been affected by the various invasions in the history of South America, and therefore the cultural vibe you will experience here is extremely pure. The locals, who are proud of their rich culture and heritage, are still seen speaking the “Creole” all around, and so are the beaches of this land- pristine and uncontaminated. This makes the 300-meter long Playa Manzanillo beach one of the best swimming beaches in Colombia.

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4. Spratt Bight Beach, San Andres

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When you let your feet rest under the blanket of the soft sand of Spratt Bight Beach, the worries in your head will just vanish away. Located 800-kilometer northwest of mainland Colombia, San Andres looks like a seahorse playing with the azure blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. One of the best surf beaches in Colombia. This San Andrés beach is known for its idyllic seafront, diverse ecosystem, and Anglo-Caribbean vibe. The island of San Andres is home to 12 mangrove forests, most of which are close to the Spratt Bight beach.

Things to do: diving, snorkeling, and outdoor exploring.

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5. Palomino Beach

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Often called a “secret paradise of Colombia”, Palomino Beach is truly one of the best beaches in Colombia for backpackers. With Sierra Nevada mountains in its background, Palomino beach looks breathtakingly beautiful. Palomino is basically a small village where you can reach after taking a bus from Santa Marta. The sea is comparatively calm at this part of Colombia, and this makes it a great place to swim or to play with the surfs. Close to the beach, there are many nature parks and pools to dive deep. Besides, if you are a bird enthusiast, this beach is a heaven for you!

6. Taganga Beach, Santa Marta

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Santa Marta is truly the soul of Colombia, especially when it comes to the most beautiful beaches. Taganga Beach is not only a backpacker’s paradise but also an ideal place for a romantic vacation. Also known as Playa Grande, Taganga Beach is just 15 minutes’ walk from Santa Marta Historic Center. The fairy blue skies contrasting with turquoise waters of the Caribbean make the entire landscape look like a dreamland. The beach is also party-lovers’ heaven and swimmers’ paradise.

Things to do: Swimming, Nightclubs

7. Capurganá y Sapzurro Beaches

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Located at the far north of Colombia, Capurgana and Sapzurro villages are home to some of the most spectacular beaches. The tourism has not yet been fully developed in these villages and therefore, if you are the one seeking an escape from the noisy crowd and want to spend some time exploring nature’s best hidden treasures, Capurganá y Sapzurro is the best destination to head to. The least walked beaches and jungle-covered mountains of this place will offer you a refugee from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

Things to do: Boat Ride, Camping

With deep orange sunsets to azure blue waters, the beaches of Colombia are perfect for snorkeling, diving, and exploring the coral reef of the Caribbean. The fresh seafood, glorious wildlife, and the laid-back vibe of Colombia are waiting for you. Don’t waste your time more, let the pace of life go slow, and relax on the white sand beaches of Colombia.

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