Eastern Caribbean Coast

The East Caribbean coast of Colombia is well known to foreigners and Colombians alike. Many agencies offer their services to help travelers discover the different sites in this region. There is a wide range of accommodation, tours, and restaurants. However, be aware that prices increase significantly during the high season (December to February).

Enjoy a fantastic sunset from the old city wall of Cartagena de Indias and relax on a beautiful white sandy beach in the Rosario Islands.

Once in Santa Marta, organize different expeditions to explore the secrets of the Sierra Nevada. Explore the ruins of The Lost City, observe hundreds of colorful birds in Minca, disappear in Paso del Mango, or hike in the famous Tayrona National Park.

Then head to Palomino or Dibulla for some relaxation before heading to the La Guajira Desert.

We also discovered some very little known places during our last expedition on the eastern part of the Caribbean coast. Discover them below, as you read on!

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Where to travel on the East Caribbean Coast

We travelled along the East Caribbean coast for more than 2 months. Find our best tips for exploring each of the destinations below.

Top things to do on the East Coast

Here is a compilation of the best things to do on the East Caribbean Coast Of Colombia:

  • 2 or 3-days tours to the northernmost point of Colombia, Punta Gallinas
  • Watch the sunset from El Faro in Cabo de la Vela
  • Take kitesurfing lessons in Cabo de la Vela
  • Do tubing in Palomino 
  • Explore the lost city in the Sierra Nevada
  • Chill at fantastic hostels on the Caribbean Coast
  • Hike to Cerro Kennedy from Minca
  • Sleep in the bird reserve in San Lorenzo
  • Look for birds and monkeys in Tayrona National Park
  • Pass your Open Water Certification in Taganga
  • Wander among the colorful alleyways in Cartagena
  • Party on Isla Cholon
  • Perfect your suntan on gorgeous islands

Events on the East Coast

List of the main events on the East Caribbean Coast of Colombia:

  • January: Storyland – Electro Festival – in Santa Marta
  • February or March: Carnival in Barranquilla 
  • The beginning of March: Festival International de Cine de Cartagena De Indias
  • April: Vallenato Festival in Valledupar
  • End Of May: Wayuu Festival – Wayuu are indigenous from Colombia. They celebrate their culture with dance, handcrafts technique and food.
  • November: Independence day and Miss beauty in Cartagena 
  • November: Electronic Arts Festival in Barranquilla

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