The Most Beautiful Beaches in Colombia

Get away from the crowds on the pristine Playas de Palomino, on the northern Colombian coast
Get away from the crowds on the pristine Playas de Palomino, on the northern Colombian coast | © Simon Rucker/Shutterstock
Photo of Nabila Khouri
17 April 2018

Colombia’s chequered history has long given travelers cause to overlook it as a tourist destination, but recently more and more people are discovering the magic of its beautiful cities, jungles, mountains, and beaches. We list best sandy stretches to relax on in this Latin American country.

Capurganá and Sapzurro

Close to the Panama border, this area of coastline is a nature lover’s dream. There are no motor vehicles in Capurganá, allowing visitors to feel totally disconnected from the daily distractions of life. You’ll be totally immersed and inspired by the beauty of simplicity in this small coastal community. The water is crystal clear and the reefs that protect the beach have a diverse variety of marine life, which is perfect for snorkelers and divers.

Turquoise bay of Sapzurro near Capurganá, Colombia | © Jess Kraft/Shutterstock

Playa Blanca at Isla de Barú

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Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
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Located southwest of Cartagena, Playa Blanca is found on a small island easily accessible by ferry from the mainland. The beautiful white-sand beach and clear, blue water draw both locals and tourists to the island. Find a quiet spot and buy a cocada from one of the local vendors. The sweet coconut treat is perfect on a hot day. Along the beach there are also many places to rent lounge chairs and beach tents.

Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

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Tayrona National Park, Colombia
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Tayrona National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia. The flora and fauna are the stars of this undisturbed landscape, with massive palm trees, vegetated beaches, and rocky cliffs abound. Standing on the beaches, you’ll see huge boulders jutting out from the sea. Little islets covered in thick vegetation look painted against the background of the cerulean sea and sky. Ecotourism flourishes here, as visitors seek to become at one with the natural environment.

Playas de Providencia

The San Andrés archipelago consists of three major islands, one of them being Providencia. Though these tiny islands are closer to Nicaragua than they are to Colombia, they are the ultimate vacation spot for mainland Colombians. The diving and snorkeling conditions are impeccable. The golden sand and friendly locals only add to the bliss.

Beautiful white sand on Providencia, Colombia | © David Persson/Shutterstock

Playas de Palomino

If you’re hoping to get off the beaten path, Palomino is the perfect place. The town and its pristine beaches rest quietly on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. You’ll probably have the beach to yourself with the exception of a few locals. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, with its rich biodiversity, provides the perfect backdrop.

Palomino Beach, Colombia | © Simon Rucker/Shutterstock


The town of Nuquí is a tropical hideaway on the edge of Colombia’s densest jungle, at the shores of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll find an entirely different type of beach in the Chocó region, where land and sea seem to crash together. Here, you’ll see orchids in every color possible and gigantic ferns dominating the landscape, while the ocean homes hundreds of humpback whales that come to breed in the bay from June to October.

Nuquí Beach in Chocó, Colombia | © Xela Person/Shutterstock

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