Caribbean Coast

Despite its name, this is more of a rustic zoo than a water world (though there is a foggy-windowed aquarium here). You'll also find monkeys, pink flamingos, loads of birds (including many macaws) and even a buffalo! It's strange, but sort of interesting.

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Nearby Caribbean Coast attractions

1. Isla Palma

0.18 MILES

This island has the best beach and is also the best place for snorkeling. There's also a fairly odd aquarium here where many of the day trips end.

2. Santa Cruz del Islote

8.28 MILES

This tiny place has the dubious honor of being the world's most densely populated island. Santa Cruz del Islote houses around 1000 people, mostly…

3. Isla Múcura

9.02 MILES

Most of the tourism infrastructure if the Islas de San Bernardo is on Isla Múcura, where tours stop for three hours of free time. Here you can rent…

4. Punta Bolívar

21.76 MILES

This stretch of sand is a good choice if you want to spend the day on the beach. It's rather remotely located, so you'll need to hire a moto-taxi from…

5. Ciénega la Caimanera

22.36 MILES

This 1800-hectare nature reserve is a part-freshwater, part-saltwater bog with five varieties of mangroves. The red mangrove's roots twist and tangle in…

6. Playa Blanca

22.69 MILES

If you're looking for a good slice of local beach, then Playa Blanca is your best bet. It is accessed via moto-taxi from Coveñas (COP$6000).