Where to Find the Best Colombian Beaches
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Where to Find the Best Colombian BeachesPosted on June 4. 2015
While officially located on South American soil, Colombia is a country with one foot firmly planted in the Caribbean. Colombian beaches are perfect for lounging, swimming, and tanning and coupled with the mountainous interior of the country, they make Colombia a special beach getaway. But which strips of sand constitute the best Colombian beaches? Here are a few of our favorites.
Playa Blanca, Cartagena
Hands down the most gorgeous and serene beach in and around the historic city of Cartagena, Playa Blanca on Isla Baru makes for a perfect day trip or 2-3 day retreat full of rest and relaxation. The sea is teal blue off Playa Blanca and teems with life while the sand is sugary and plays home to a bounty of beach bars offering up cold coconut concoctions.
Playa Grande, Taganga
A sleepy Caribbean fishing village slowly waking from its slumber, Tagana has long been a hideout of independent travelers seeking a secluded beach escape. The word is now getting out on Taganga, whose beach consists of a dramatic contrast of blue water and sandy mountains. The best beach in town, Playa Grande, is only a 15 minute walk from the main town of Tagana, and is home to a coral reef that makes the stroll well worth your while.
Johnny Cay, San Andres Island
Dangling a few hundred miles off the Colombian coast in the Caribbean Sea, San Andres Island is awash in powdery chalk white stretches, with Johnny Cay – a small islet oasis just off its shore – being the highlight. Johnny Cay is reached by boat only and that adds to its allure, along with the rows of coconut palms trees that make you feel like you are on a deserted island paradise.
El Cabo San Juan, Tayrona National Park
Nestled in the natural wonder that is Tayrona National Park, El Cabo San Juan is one of the most famous beaches in Colombia, but still manages to feel secluded. Famous for its large rocky outcrops, if you catch El Cabo San Juan early in the morning you may think you have stumbled across something out of a lost world. El Cabo San Juan is not a swimming beach as tides are strong in the open seas, but a still natural swimming pool is a great place to cool off after a sandy and sunny day.
The Beaches of the Rosario Islands
Another set of islands just off the coast of Colombia, (these much closer than San Andres though at only a few miles), the Rosario Islands are comprised of 40 plus small islands all protected as a Colombian National Park since the 1970s. Many of the islands are taken up with private vacation homes, but the ones that aren’t offer a unique insight into small island life and a myriad of relaxing and hidden beaches.
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