Best Coastal Cities in Colombia

calle de los dulces cartagena

Colombia is one of a few countries bordering both the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic to the north.

However, just a very small part of the population of this large country lives on the coast.

And the reason is very simple.

Colombia is one of the hottest countries in the world where the average temperature during the day is usually over 30°C.

For this reason, it is not surprising that most of the population lives in the mountains instead in the coastal areas.

Talking about the Pacific coast, we have to say that it is quite rarely populated, except for the densely populated but poor city of Tumak.

Much more densely populated urban area there are along the Caribbean coast, which is not so rainy.

This is where the most beautiful coastal cities of Colombia are.

1. Cartagena

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Cityscape Cartagena by Sanalejo Photography

Cartagena is not only the most beautiful city on the coast of Colombia.

It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America as a whole, and they even call it the Miami of South America.

The city is picturesquely situated on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. It has beautiful beaches dotted by high coconut palm trees.

Narrow peninsula with white high-rise skyscrapers almost completely separates the mirrored waters of a calm bay from the Caribbean Sea.

The peninsula forms a quiet lagoon in the very heart of the Colombian metropolis. Cartagena is a combination of new and old.

This is a city of style and rich culture but also of modern architecture and shining shopping centers.

The most interesting, however, is the old town of Cartagena, which is perhaps the most colorful place to the west of the Atlantic Ocean.

2. Santa Marta

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Santa Marta by J P

Santa Marta is a wonderful place, which must be part of the itinerary of any tourist in Colombia.

Many people say this is the most beautiful Colombian city. Santa Marta looks like the brightest and sunniest place in the world.

The brightly coloured, mostly white-washed buildings, quiet streets, charming churches and numerous architectural monuments are bathed with bright sunlight throughout the year.

Smiling, friendly and warm locals will turn you time in this wonderful city into an unforgettable experience. But that’s not all.

The beach of Santa Marta is just wonderful. White sands and coconut palms make Santa Marta the best place to relax, to live, to walk around as well as the best place to explore the rich Colombian culture.

3. El Rodadero

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El Rodadero by Miguel Vaca

Just imagine: paradise beach, white sand, clear blue waters, coconut palm trees and laying under them tourists.

Now imagine yourself relaxing under the shade of a palm tree with a cold drink in a coconut in hand. This must be the paradise.

El Rodadero is a beautiful and sunny city where summer never ends. Temperatures are constantly over 30°C.

Just a few days are enough to immerse into the slow and leisurely pace of life of the Caribbean city. You will be impressed by how casual is atmosphere here is and you will never want to leave.