Caribbean Region - This region welcomes you with a smile

Photo by: Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia

Caribbean Region

This region welcomes you with a smile

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The Caribbean is happiness itself

The colors of the Caribbean and insular region  The sun, beaches and dancing join with the people‘s joy welcome travelers to this part of the country. Here lives a culture that vibrates with the musical notes of cumbia and vallenato.    

Photo by: ProColombia

Photo by: ProColombia


The carefree way to see the life of the inhabitants of the Caribbean island region and is reflected in rhythms like cumbia, merecumbé, porro and vallenato. Dancing is essential in this part of the country.    

Dancing is a representation of our culture

The cuisine ranges from sancocho with bocachico (a fish) and chicken to crab patties and rondón (a dish with fish, snails and pork, among other ingredients) of San Andres and Providence.    

Sancocho of fish
Photo by: ProColombia

Photo by: ProColombia


There is joy in the Carnival of Barranquilla and in several festivals: Valledupar Vallenato; San Jacinto Bagpipe; Porro of San Pelayo and Green Moon in San Andrés and Providence.

Vallenato Legend Festival in Valledupar

Destinations in the region

Lorica - A jewel of the Caribbean coast

Photo by: Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia


The Sinú River is key to understanding the spirit of Lorica. The waterway has given the town life and imbued the town...
Valledupar - The birthplace of vallenato

Photo by: John Murgas


Valledupar is a unique Colombian Caribbean city –you need only to walk through its streets shaded by mango trees and...
Ciénaga - Colombian Caribbean Heritage

Photo by: Fausto Giaccone / Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia


Gabriel García Márquez’s brand of magical realism was inspired partly by Ciénaga, a town in the department of Magdalena...
Guajira colombia

Foto por: Karen Salamanca, Revela 2014


Riohacha, located alongside a desert and at the gateway to the Caribbean Sea, is a port of entry to La Guajira...
Barranquilla - The joy of Barranquilla

Photo by: Alcaldía de Barranquilla 


Photo by: Carlos Sueskún. In Barranquilla, where the Magdalena River meets the Caribbean Sea, any street becomes a...

Santa Marta

Photo by: Eli Duke The Caribbean sea and snow make Santa Marta a difficult place to forget. The city is located on the...
Mompox - A destination rich in history and tradition

Photo by: Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia


Photo by: Galo Naranjo Life in Mompox is tempered by the gentle breeze off the Magdalena River, Colombia’s main artery...
Cartagena Colombia

Cortesía ProColombia

Cartagena de Indias

Cartagena de Indias / Foto por: David Cunningham The sea breeze and the sunset that transform the colors of 400-year-...

San Andrés

The islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina are home to some of the most exquisite beaches in the...