When we think of Colombia Beaches, for some reason the first thought goes to its fabulous Caribbean Beaches on the cities of Santa Marta, Barranquilla and Cartagena Colombia. But you’ll be surprised that the Pacific coast of Colombia features a few great beaches.
Here we are going to write about the Beaches of Colombia on the Pacific, the Caribbean and on the distant islands of San Andres and Providencia belonging to Colombia.
The beaches at Choco Colombia are wild and full of vegetation
Colombian Pacific Coast
There are a few beaches in this area most of them crossed by streams of water running into the ocean offering a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Some of the Beaches are:
Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean side of Colombia
Colombia Beaches on the Caribbean Sea
Colombia is located between Panama on the west and Venezuela on the east on the northern coast of South America. The Caribbean Coast has many important tourist spots with excellent beaches like Barranquilla, lovely Cartagena and Santa Marta Colombia. Let me mention a few of the beaches.
Spectacular beaches in San Andres Islands Colombia
Colombia Beaches on the islands in the Caribbean
An Archipelago of three islands and many tiny cays
San Andres Island, Providencia Island and Santa Catalina are an archipelago of Western Caribbean Islands near the coast of Nicaragua but belonging to Colombia for several centuries.
Other tiny islands of the group are Bolivar, Albuqueque, Cotton, Haynes, Johnny, Serrana, Serranilla, Quitasueno, Rocky and Crab Cays.
Isla de San Andres is the largest and most important island of the San Andres Archipelago; the island covers an area of 26 km².
San Andres is located 80 km southwest of Providencia Island, 190 km east of the Nicaraguan coast of Central America, and over 700 km northwest of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.
How the archipelago came to be a Colombian territory is the result of piracy, wars of independence, slavery, immigration, sugar, cotton and religion.
The archipelago consists of a chain of low hills, forming a central spine to the island, which is in turn bordered by a low coastal plain. The culture of the islands is a mix of English Caribbean and Spanish Colombian.
Spanish is the official language but locals also speak English. The flying time from mainland Colombia is about an hour and a half.
Satellite view of the Islands of San Andres Colombia
Colombia Beaches of San Andres Island
The beaches are mostly located on the northern coast of San Andres, since the west side is rocky and has no beaches at all. So, the resorts are located on the northern coast and therefore the center for restaurants and bars on the island. There are just a few beaches on the east coast.
I call it a real “Well Kept Secret” by Colombians that frequently come to the islands for vacations. It is slowly becoming known and soon we may see flocks of International tourists visiting the area.
For more information visit Colombia Tourism Website
The beaches of Providencia on San Andres Islands
Colombia Beaches in Providencia Island
The sister Island of Providencia is still virgin and unspoiled. This Caribbean Paradise is just a short flight or by catamaran from San Andres. Isla de Providencia or Old Providence is a mountainous Caribbean island. This one is closer to Nicaragua but is still part of the Colombia Department of the three islands. They are all located midway between Costa Rica and the Island of Jamaica
Providencia is a popular scuba diving destination because a great reef lying on the Eastern part of the island. Although unknown by the world this reef runs in the same category of the big ones of Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Belize Barrier Reef and Andros Bahamas.
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