Things To Do On Colombia’s Coast   Leave a comment

Consisting if what are called the Three Pearls of Colombia: Cartagena, Barranquilla and Santa Marta, the Caribbean coast of Colombia is rich in history, culture, art, food, festivals, beaches and plenty of places to party.

With a history dating back to the 1500’s Cartagena has long been the go to party place in South America.  The Old Fort provides visitors with a taste of what pirates, slave traders and adventurers found when they landed in Colombia.  Now a thriving port of call for cruise ships and tourists from around the world, Spanish style colonial buildings, modern high-rise apartment buildings and hotels, great restaurants and clubs can be found in this city that never sleeps.

Lying at the mouth of the Magdalena River and the Atlantic Ocean, Barranquilla lies in between both Cartagena and Santa Marta, about two hours drive from both.  Known as the Golden Gate of Colombia, Puerta de Oro de Colombia, Barranquilla has been the center for commerce for Colombia’s coast and the country, historically, since the 1600’s.  Barranquilla is a thriving cosmopolitan city, with restaurants, clubs, museums and countless markets featuring the works of local artists.

The Rodadero in Santa Marta hosts beachfront activities that rival any in Latin America.  Restaurants, clubs and street vendors line the streets.  Launches await to take beach goers to Playa Blanco and other points of interest.  And Latin dance music can be heard from live beach concerts to stereos blasting from local storefronts and bars.  A short distance away naturalists will enjoy Tayrona National Park, considered by many to be one of the most pristine and scenic coastline parks in South America.

Posted February 24, 2012 by Wayne

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