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3 Weeks On the Caribbean Coast Colombia

If you’re planning a trip to Colombia, it wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Caribbean Coast. Depending on how much time you have to spare, a 3-week itinerary for the Caribbean Colombia Coast is perfect for experiencing the beautiful Caribbean region of Colombia.

This itinerary for three weeks in Colombia includes things you may want to skip, like the Lost City, which involves a challenging trek that’s not for everybody. Feel free to adjust this Colombia Caribbean Coast itinerary by extending your stay at any place you like.

In most places along the Colombia Coast, booking accommodations far in advance is unnecessary. I usually reserve the night before on unless it’s peak season, so you might want to book earlier. The exception to this is Minca, as it gets booked up quickly!

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

The Insurance companies I recommend are Hey Mondo and Safety Wing

Hey Mondo is great if you are looking for a great value flexible policy. They offer single-trip cover, annual multi-trip cover, and long-term travel cover. Safety Wing is great value, with monthly coverage starting at $45.08. It’s super easy to use, and it just renews each month. I currently use them as they offer me free cover for my son as part of my policy.

Read my full travel insurance post here, where I go into detail about all companies. 

3-Week Coast of Colombia Itinerary

Days 1-2: Cartagena

Colombia Guides | How to spend a day in Cartagena

If you’re trying to decide how many days to spend in Cartagena, I recommend just one or two. While I enjoyed the area, I didn’t feel I needed more than three days in Cartagena. Plus, you can always extend your stay if you plan to return here for a flight or bus.

For my guide to Cartagena, including accommodation recommendations, click here.

Quick Tip: Book accommodation, tours, and transport ahead of time online to save money and stress. 
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Need Transportation in Colombia?

I highly recommend booking Colombia transportation with GottoGo. You can search for buses, shuttles, ferries, and flights on their website—I love their customer service. I know them personally from my time living in Guatemala, and they genuinely care for their customers. If a delay occurs and you miss your bus, call them for help.

If you book through GottoGo, you will pay more than at the bus station, but it’s worth it for the ease and security. Click here to search for transportation in Colombia.

Days 3-4: Santa Marta

Colombian Guides | 2 week itinerary for Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

I preferred Santa Marta to Cartagena—as beautiful as Cartagena is, it’s the most expensive place I’ve been to in Colombia and has a touristy vibe. Gringos vacation in Cartagena, and Colombians vacation in Santa Marta. This is the best place along the Colombia coast to buy anything for the best prices. There are also some great beaches where you can try surfing in Colombia, museums, and neighboring villages to explore.

For my guide to Santa Marta, including accommodation recommendations, click here.

Days 5-8: Lost City Trek

Colombian Guides | The Complete Guide to The Lost City Trek

If you want to do the Lost City tour, all operators pick up from Santa Marta, so it makes sense to do it while staying there. You will want a day to rest after the hike, which you can do in Santa Marta or head to Taganga for a few days.

For my guide to The Lost City, click here.

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Days 9-10: Taganga

I haven’t written a complete guide to Taganga because, even though I went there three times, I didn’t get to know the place enough to write a comprehensive guide. I have written about it in my Santa Marta Guide, though, and here are my local accommodation recommendations:

El Alquimista Hostel

Casa Land Hostal

Hostal Casa Horizonte

Day 11: Parque Tayrona

You can’t go to the Colombia Caribbean Coast and not visit Parque Tayrona. If you can, I recommend staying there for three nights so you can try hiking and surfing Colombia. While we camped in this area, you could also stay in an eco-pod. They’re not the most affordable, but are more comfortable than sleeping in a tent.

For my guide to Parque Tayrona, including accommodation recommendations, click here.

Quick Tip: View my full Colombia packing guide here including a downloadable checklist. And check out my Colombia Essentials shopping list here.

Days 12-13: Minca

Colombia Guides | Planning a trip to Minca

I loved Minca! Many people stay there for a day, but I suggest staying longer if you have the time. It’s a lot cooler than the rest of the Coast Colombia region, and I enjoyed escaping the heat of the beach for a few nights. There are coffee farms and waterfalls to explore, so you won’t get bored—it reminded me a little of Guatemala, which is probably why I loved it so much.

For my guide to Minca, including accommodation recommendations, click here.

Days 14-16: Palomino

Colombia Guides | Things to do in Palomino

If you prefer a less crowded, laidback beach for surfing in Colombia, you won’t want to leave Palomino. I would stay in this Caribbean region of Colombia for at least three days. Not a big surfer? No problem—you can spend days lounging on the beach or tubing down a river.

For my guide to Palomino, including accommodation recommendations, click here.

Days 17-19: Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas

Colombian Adventures | 3 week itinerary for Colombia’s Caribbean Coast

Cabo de la Vela, Punta Gallinias, and Lost City were my favorite things I’ve done along the Colombia Caribbean Coast. It was an incredible trip! I mean, look at the pictures in my guide and this video.

Click here for my guide to Cabo de la Vela and Punta Gallinas.

Days 20-21: Return to Santa Marta/Cartagena

I hope this guide to spending three weeks in Colombia along the coast is helpful as you plan a trip! If you’re backpacking in Colombia, check out my other guides to the country. You can also follow my 1-week and 2-week itineraries for the Coast Colombia region.

Caribbean Coast Itinerary FAQs

When Is the Best Time to Visit the Caribbean Coast of Colombia?

The best time to visit the Colombia Caribbean Coast is during the dry season, typically from December to March. This period offers pleasant weather with lower rain chances and is ideal for enjoying the region’s beautiful beaches and outdoor activities, like surfing in Colombia.

What Activities Are Available In the Caribbean Region of Colombia?

You can enjoy various activities, including exploring colonial architecture, relaxing on pristine beaches, snorkeling and diving, hiking in lush rainforests, and experiencing the vibrant local culture through music and dance.

Is it Safe to Travel to the Caribbean Colombia Coast?

The Coast Colombia region is generally safe for tourists. Make sure to stay aware of your surroundings and trust your intuition. You’ll likely have a worry-free trip!

3-Week Caribbean Coast Itinerary: Final Thoughts

It’s time to wrap up this guide to the Colombia Caribbean Coast—I hope you’ve enjoyed it and feel ready for the next adventure! From Cartagena’s lively streets to Palomino’s chill vibes, we’ve explored the fantastic Caribbean region of Colombia inside and out.

If you need help getting to your next destination, read my Colombia transport guides:

How to Get From Medellín to Cartagena

How to Get From Bogotá to Medellín On the Bus or Plane

How to Travel From Medellín to Santa Marta

How to Get From El Dorado Airport in Bogota to La Candelaria

Using Public Transport in Medellin

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