Colombians and foreigners love to chill on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. However, the majority wander between Cartagena and Santa Marta. They completely neglect the West Coast.

To travel to the following places, you will have to be a little more organized than usual. Boats and buses don’t leave every hour.

But I guarantee you a fantastic off the beaten path adventure.

Walk barefoot in the beach town of Sapzurro, explore the jungle of Darien Gap, dive in Isla Fuerte and enjoy paradisiac islands in San Bernardo.

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Where To Travel On The Western Caribbean Coast

  • Capurgana

    West Caribbean Coast


    Capurgana is a little fish town surrounding by the lush vegetation of the Darien Gap. There are cool and cheap dive spots, fresh waterfalls and natural swimming pools, beaches, and delicious juicy fruits. Explore the areas in the morning, take a nap in the afternoon and listen to Vallenato music in the evening while watching the sunset on the beach.
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  • Sapzurro

    West Caribbean Coast


    Sapzurro is the quiet twin town of Capurgana. You will find the same vibe without the Vallenato music. And at 10 pm, the village falls asleep. From Capurgana, there is a nice hike to Sapzurro for spending a couple of days with your lover. And it’s a perfect occasion to chill on the beautiful beach of La Miel in Panama. Departure to San Blas Islands.
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  • San Francisco

    West Caribbean Coast

    San Francisco

    San Francisco is a little town with green streets and Iguanas on the way to Capurgana. You won’t meet any foreigners except for a few Paisas (Medellin folk). Discover the reserve Los Gigantes and look for leatherback turtles at night.
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  • Isla Fuerte

    West Caribbean Coast

    Isla Fuerte

    Isla Fuerte is an island where you can find fantastic dive spots, giant trees, and sloths. Book a hammock or a room in La Playita and enjoy cocktails, lovely private beach, romantic sunsets, and surf sessions.
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  • San Bernardo Islands

    West Caribbean Coast

    San Bernardo Islands

    The San Bernardo islands are 10 paradisiac islands out of the beaten path. Enjoy for yourself white sandy beaches, crystalline blue water, mangroves, and tasty coconuts mixed with rum. Explore the surrounding from Isla Tintipan, Isla Mucura or the famous Casa En El Agua (A famous backpacker hostel).
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  • Rincon Del Mar

    West Caribbean Coast

    Rincon Del Mar

    Rincon Del Mar is a peaceful beach town 4h away from Cartagena. Enjoy delicious seafood, pleasant naps in a hammock, and cold beers on the beach. Locals organize a bunch of affordable and entertaining activities like Snorkeling, boat tour to the San Bernardo islands, bioluminescent plankton, animal watching. It's a hidden paradise.
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Where To Stay On The West Caribbean Coast Of Colombia

I gathered my favorite hostels on the West Caribbean Coast of Colombia:

  • In Rincon Del Mar, Rincon Del Frances offers activities and hammocks in front of the beach for the explorers
  • In Isla Mucura, Hostal Isla Mucura welcomes the island lovers with romantic bungalows and full board accommodations.
  • In Isla Fuerte, the fantastic La Playita Hostel has got the best facilities to enjoy an unforgettable island life.
  • In Capurgana, travelers will fall in love with La Bohemias family vibe. The hostel made of woods is surrounded by nature and love.
  • In Sapzurro, La Gata Negra is a paradise for lovers who want to hide from the real world.
  • In Aguacate, Kachikine is a beautiful place if you want to do nothing except naping and snorkeling.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I earn a commission if you make a purchase. Dear friends or I used all the hostels listed here, and  I recommend them because they rock and have made our travels better.

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Top Things To Do On The West Caribbean Coast Of Colombia

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Events On The West Caribbean Coast

List of the main Events on The West Caribbean Coast Of Colombia:

  • April to June: Leatherback turtles season
  • Octobre: Festival de la Cigua in Capurgana

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