The Best Beaches to Visit on Colombia's Pacific Coast

El Almejal Beach from the front of the Humpback Turtle
El Almejal Beach from the front of the Humpback Turtle | © Chris Bell
Chris Bell

Colombia’s wild and off-the-beaten-track Pacific coast is hardly a well-known spot for travellers, but that is starting to change as people slowly wake up to its remarkable beauty, biodiversity, and culture. The beaches of the Pacific coast are particularly special and very distinctive from Colombia’s Caribbean beaches. So here are the best beaches to visit on Colombia’s Pacific coast.

Playa Blanca

This stunning white sand beach is located in Utria National Park on the Pacific coast between the towns of Bahia Solano and Nuqui. It is located on a small, jungle-covered island overlooking the Utria Inlet, where humpback whales can often be seen in season from July to October. With two different beaches to choose from on the island, plus a small restaurant serving tasty local dishes, Playa Blanca might just be the most beautiful beach in the Colombian Pacific.

The beautiful Playa Blanca in Utria National Park

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Guachalito Beach

This wild, black-sand beach south of the town of Nuqui is easily one of the most visually stunning beaches in Colombia: fringed by verdant jungle full of incredible wildlife, waterfalls, and biodiversity, Guachalito Beach is also home to El Cantil Ecolodge, one of the best ecolodges in Colombia. There is great surfing along the beach, or you can simply wander along its several kilometres, enjoying the sense of isolation, and keeping a lookout for whales and dolphins in the sea.

Guachalito Beach: one of the most beautiful beaches in Colombia

El Almejal Beach

This long beach starts alongside the town of El Valle and is increasingly popular with tourists, as it is home to several ecohotels and hostels, offering a range of accommodation for a variety of budgets. The beach suffers from a little litter problem, due to its proximity to the town, but the surfing is excellent and wandering along the beach at dusk, as phosphorescent plankton glow in the waves, is a magical experience.

The view from the observation tower of El Almejal

Jurubida beach

The little village of Jurubida is especially popular for its excellent hot springs, located deep in the humid coastal Pacific jungle. However, the huge beach in front of the town is reason enough to visit on its own. This vast stretch of sand offers stunning views over a series of jagged, rocky islands just offshore and, although not a great sunbathing beach, walking along this isolated beach is well worth the effort on any trip to the Pacific coast.

Jurubida Beach

Mecana Beach

A long stretch of sand to the north of Bahia Solano, Mecana Beach is especially well-known for the excellent Mecana Ecohotel, a simple but beautiful set of cabins located just behind the beach itself. The beach is delightfully off-the-beaten-track and hardly sees any tourism, so it’s the perfect Pacific beach experience for anyone wanting incredible natural beauty without any of the crowds of the Caribbean.

Cascada del Tigre Beach

The most cut-off beach of any on this list, Cascada del Tigre Beach takes its name from the waterfall cascading from the jungle straight onto the beach and into the sea. The beach can only be accessed by boat or a long jungle hike from El Valle, but it’s worth the effort for its incredible white sands, blue waters, and the chance to hike into the wild Pacific jungle in search of waterfalls, Poison Arrow Frogs, and much more.

An isolated and beautiful Pacific coast beach
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