With Caribbean and Pacific coasts, as well as a healthy appetite for a drink and some fun, it’s only natural that Colombia would be home to some excellent beach bars. From casual, chilled-out beach bars soundtracked by reggae and the sound of the ocean, to upmarket, fancier hangouts, here are seven of Colombia’s coolest beach bars.
Correctly described by Lonely Planet as a ‘ridiculously atmospheric beach bar’, Roland’s is an iconic part of island life on the off-the-beaten-track Caribbean gem of Providencia. With late-night parties and strong cocktails, all set to a local reggae soundtrack, Roland Roots Reggae Bar is probably the most authentic and fun beach bar you’ll come across in Colombia. The sparkling Caribbean waters are just a stone’s throw away as well.
This floating hostel in the heart of the Colombian Caribbean isn’t technically a beach bar, but it has an amazing bar and practically is its own beach, so it makes the cut! And how could it not? Casa en el Agua might just have the best sea view of any bar in Colombia, and you can literally dive into the sea from the bar.
This chilled-out beach bar in the little backpacker village of Taganga on the Caribbean coast is just about the perfect laid-back beach bar. Literally located on the beach, Taco Beach Bar & Grill does pretty much exactly as its name suggests and serves great tacos, drinks and grilled food down on the beach. With cracking cocktails (try the aptly named ‘Pain Killer’) and the best sunset views in town, this is easily one of Colombia’s best beachside bars.
Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, South American, Seafood, $$$
This high-end, luxury beach resort on Tierra Bomba Island, near Cartagena, is extremely popular with travellers wishing to escape the crowds and relax in an exclusive setting. While you can stay the night, you can also pay to visit for the day and take advantage of the excellent facilities, including their boutique beach bar, featuring sun beds on the sand, overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean waters.
Costeno Beach is more well known as a hostel and surf camp, but it is also home to one of the best beach bars in the Colombian Caribbean region. Located on a gorgeous stretch of palm tree fringed sand near Tayrona National Park, the bar is laid-back and full of backpackers, but comes alive on weekends with popular parties and late-night events. This is definitely the very best beach bar to visit if you’re backpacking in Colombia.
An excellent backpacker hostel on the Colombian Pacific Coast, the Humpback Turtle sits right on the gorgeous El Almejal Beach in the Choco region. It also has a cracking little beach bar on a small terrace overlooking the beach and the wild waters of the Pacific Ocean. With cheap beers and some strong local cocktails, it’s arguably the best place in the Colombian Pacific to enjoy a drink on the beach. Plus, you can see humpback whales from the bar between June and October, if you’re lucky.
A luxurious hotel sitting right on Cocoplum Beach on the Colombian Caribbean island of San Andres, Hotel Cocoplum Beach offers beautiful rooms, an amazing location and a beautiful bar/restaurant right on the beach. The Caribbean is just a stone’s throw away, and there’s no better spot on San Andres to sit with a glass of wine or a cocktail as the sea breeze blows in and the water laps at the shoreline.