5 of Colombia’s Nicest Beach Destinations

By Camille Poire | BLOG

Apr 20
5 of Colombia's nicest beach destinations

With the traveling season coming up again, many people are looking to plan their next vacation and to narrow down options for their holiday destination. If you're still looking for ideas, what better place than South America’s most up-and-coming destination, Colombia?!


The country is packed with a number of different beaches and coastlines. With beautiful resorts on the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean, each with their own characteristics and atmosphere, it's the perfect spot for you to adventure this summer. The clear water, white beaches, and stunning wildlife of this megadiverse country that hosts nearly 10% of our planet's biodiversity are all things that you should be considering if you’re looking for the greatest getaway.

If this introduction tempted you to visit this vibrant nation, read on! In this article, we highlight 5 of Colombia's nicest beach destinations you can use as a starting-point for mapping out your itinerary:

Santa Marta

The first destination you should be considering is the beach town of Santa Marta. Located along the country’s Caribbean coast in the north it is not only the fourth largest urban city of the region but also one of the nicest and most popular beach destinations.

With an average yearly temperature of 28 degrees Celsius, the town is a perfect getaway to relax and enjoy. The town itself offers a great infrastructure of accommodations, making it a great place to find a top selection of Colombia’s resorts along the beach and enjoying the city’s many offerings.

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Playa Rodadero

While we’re talking about Santa Marta, it would be a great time to mention some of the other stunning beach destinations that are located nearby. Playa Rodadero is a beach that you’ll find just north of Santa Marta, and it’s a great place for anyone looking for a relaxing vacation in the sun.

The long beach is dotted with hotels and restaurants that will be open to you the whole time you need them. The liveliness of this location can truly improve the experience of your vacation, as the atmosphere will be filled with excitement and joy.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

This destination is a little bit less for those who are looking to stay in one place, as it’s not so filled with the same hotels and restaurants that you’ll find at the previous two locations. However, it’s just a short drive from Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast and we absolutely recommend that you pay it a visit if you’re staying nearby.

With gorgeous blue sea lagoons, palm-shaded coves, and rainforest inhabited by colorful animal species, this protected reserve is one of Colombia's must-see gems. The wild landscapes and hiking & swimming opportunities of this national park will appeal to explorers looking for a bit of adventure, as well as those seeking an immersive experience in nature.

It’s usually recommended as somewhere you should visit when staying nearby, rather than looking for a place to stay at this destination. However, if you're keen to stay overnight and wake up to birdsong, there are a handful of accommodation options, ranging from campsites where you can sleep in large hammocks to luxury bungalows.

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La Boquilla

For those of you who are looking for a much less touristy feel, this might be your best choice. It’s not littered with restaurants and hotels, and it doesn’t aim to host a mass of tourists - but it does promise beauty.

A stay in La Boquilla would be a great option if you’re interested in seeing more of the country. With just a short trip by car, you’ll find yourself in the stunning Old City of Cartagena, another of Colombia's jewels that you should include on your itinerary if you enjoy historical cities full of stunning architecture and rich culture.


If you’re looking to spend your days unwinding and getting away from the daily hustle and bustle, then you should consider Sapzurro as your destination. It is so remote that the only way for you to reach it is by boat, and you can experience the wonderful emerald bay that accompanies it.

This village close to the border with Panama is the perfect spot for those who are looking to get away from it all and to experience something truly tranquil and different from their daily lives.


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There you have it! Whether you're seeking the bustle and excitement of a dynamic resort, an active and adventurous holiday in nature, or complete R&R in an idyllic environment, there's an option for every type of traveler in our above list of Colombia's nicest beach destinations.

Of course, there is plenty more to take in in this exceptional country. If you have extra time to spare, you can prolong your beach holiday by hitting other incredible seaside destinations such as Palomino, the remote area of La Guajira (where the sea meets the desert) or even the San Blas islands. Alternatively, head inland and explore Colombia's no less breathtaking mountainous and coutryside regions, and its vibrant cities!

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About the Author

Hey, I'm Camille! I'm a 30-something "ex-French" girl turned world explorer. In 2013, I quit my life to travel the world - and I haven’t stopped since! I have lived in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, and Colombia, and have visited 50+ countries as a location-independent travel writer and affiliate marketer. I like sleeping in hammocks, riding scooters, eating all the foods, and scaring my mother trying adventure sports! I now share this journey with my nomadic boyfriend Mr B, with whom I recently bought a home base in the mountains of Bansko, Bulgaria.

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