From its diverse climate and ecosystems, to its flora, fauna and beautiful beaches, Colombia is a country where diversity prevails.
1. Las Dunas de Taroa
Where to find it: Punta Gallinas, Guajira
The Dunes of Taroa are a breathtaking scenario located in the northernmost point of South America.
At the top of the dunes, you can enjoy beautiful views of this large and vast landscape with the Caribbean Sea in the background. La Guajira, and this remote place in particular, feels so unexplored that you can get truly disconnected from modern life, and, I must say that the sensation of peace and quiet that this place offers makes you want to wander forever. It’s basically you and the desert.
2. Ladrilleros Beach
Where to find it: Ladrilleros, Buenaventura (Valle del Cauca)
Some 40 km north of Buenaventura you’ll find Ladrilleros, a jungle village on the Pacific Coast of Colombia. This village offers an extensive dark sand beach that washes away when the high tide comes in.
The sea has made of this cliffside beach its own canvas by naturally caving arches, caves and abstract figures into the black stone cliffs of Ladrilleros Beach.
This beach is perfect for swimming or relaxing on the dark sand while taking the sun.
Piece of advide: Explore around the scenic landscapes that this beach has to offer on low tide and don’t forget to get yourself a ‘pipa de coco’ - a coconut - for the walk.
3. Cabo San Juan
Where to find it: Tayrona National Park, Magdalena
If you’ve ever dreamed of a tropical paradise, this is the place to go! From its swaying palms to its white sand beach and its crystal-clear turquoise water, Cabo San Juan Beach has all the attributes you want from the Caribbean.
After a 2 hour walk through thick vegetation from Tayrona National Park entrance, you’ll find yourself listening to the crashing waves. If you feel tired after the walk, the good news is that you can spend the night in this Colombian paradise. Get yourself a hammock in the bungalow on the rocks and rock yourself to sleep while enjoying picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea and the vegetation surrounding you.
Piece of advice: The road to paradise is not always perfect so don’t forget to bring your mosquito repellent for the walk.
4. Manzanillo Beach
Where to find it: Providencia Island
Manzanillo is a beach located in the Island of Providencia. With fine-grain, white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beach is probably the most beautiful in Providencia. Apart from being a great place for snorkeling, this place offers calm waters to swim and a picturesque view of the swaying palm trees and the thick vegetation surrounding the sea.
There are not many tourists going to this beach, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, this is the place to go. You’ll have 300 meters of a tropical and uncrowded beach to relax in.
5. Guachalito Beach
Where to find it: Nuquí, Chocó
The Pacific Ocean gives birth to this wonderful place by extending itself across a wild jungle-covered island in the Gulf of Tribugá.
The fresh air, the jungle and the layers and layers of mountains make of this place a perfect getaway from the hustle of the city life. If relaxing under the shade of palm trees or swinging in a hammock while listening to the waves crash is your description of an ideal day at the beach, then don’t think twice and just visit this place!
As one of the most visited beaches in Chocó, this place offers visitors the chance to encounter beautiful waterfalls by the sea while walking on golden sand.
Start planning your tropical getaway to Colombia! ‘Let the waves hit your feet and the sand be your seat’.