8 Best Resort Towns In Colombia - Updated 2024

Patricia
Patricia  
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Like most countries in South America, Colombia has a vivid history and a very vibrant culture. With its tropical climate, and being surrounded by both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, it has one of the highest levels of biodiversity, globally speaking. The various influences that have entered Colombia have made its music, food, and traditions rich and unique. You’ll never be bored exploring! The country boasts mountains such as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. You’ll also find lush forests, beaches, and towns teeming with heritage and tradition. Colombia is also known for its great coffee.

It’s in this country that some of your best experiences can be found. Read on for the best resort towns in Colombia, and enjoy.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Cartagena (from USD 430)

El Centro, Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia - panoramio (2)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user diego_cue used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Cartagena is a coastal city with a mostly warm climate year-round. Considered a popular destination, it’s known for its rich history, with its stone paths and colonial architecture. This town boasts numerous beaches such as the ones on the islands of Baru and San Bernardo. There are also many local shops, as well as public musical performances.

Visit Cartagena’s historic center which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th-century castle. One of the esteemed hotels here is Hilton Cartagena.

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Eurostars Marqués de Villalta

Wifi Available

Address: Calle 36 Carrera 6

Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Internet services Lift


Hilton Cartagena

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Avenida Almirante Brion, Carrera 1, El Laguito

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Tennis court

Cartagena, Columbia, Colombia
PRIVATE VACATION HOME 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the roof deck and small pool were great to relax in after a day of walking around
Cleanliness:
the remainder of the day anna would clean change linens etc
Host:
rosanna was very friendly and helpful
we loved signora ada who was so kind to us and our son and made us daily breakfast
house was absolutely beautiful our housekeeper was amazing and cooked for us also she was very attentive
Location:
great location near shopping and local food
an easy walk to the marina for departures to the islands
the location is unbeatable and new years in the terrace is amazing with fireworks all over the city
this place was perfect and i hope to come back next year
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2. Medellin (from USD 129)

Antiguo palacio de la gobernacion de antioquia. Medellin, Colombia.
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Kamilokardona used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Called the “City of Eternal Spring” for its pleasant climate year-round, Medellin is surely an ideal place to visit which boasts a mix of modern and traditional architecture. Visit Parque Explora, a science museum with a planetarium and aquarium. Botero Plaza has Museum of Antioquia and Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture in its immediate vicinity.

In August, there is Flower Fair, a 10-day celebration of the flowers of Medellin. It has music shows and culinary demonstrations, as well as Desfile de Silleteros - a parade showcasing the most creative arrangements of colorful flowers.

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Hotel Gallery

Wifi Available

Address: Calle 47 No 41-55

Parking Room service Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry


Café Hotel Medellín

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 31A # 11-03 El Poblado

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre

medellin, antioquia, Colombia
Apartment 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this apartment has the amenities views and location for a superior stay
such a beautiful apartment
Host:
the building has 24 security and the staff were friendly and attentive
the entire security team was amazing friendly and great reference for places
Location:
all in all a very nice place in a wonderful location
this is the perfect place to stay in medellin
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3. Guatape (from USD 318)

Rock of Guatape
Source: Pexels

Guatape is one of Colombia’s most vibrant and colorful towns. It’s surrounded by gorgeous waters where you can go kayaking or paddleboarding. Walk along the cobblestone streets and take in the “Zocalos,” the bright, colorful houses, typical of the place. When you get tired, take a rest at the Plazoleta de Los Zócalos, the small town square.

Check out La Piedra del Peñon, a natural landmark. To get a great view of the town, climb up the 740 steps, and recharge at the top which has many restaurants and shops. Popular hotels in Guatape include Bosko and La Madriguera.

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Bosko

Wifi Available

Address: 46,5 km From José María Córdoba Airport

Parking Restaurant Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle


La Madriguera

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 20 no. 27-01 Guatape

Parking 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Family rooms Free parking

Guatapé, Antioquia, Colombia
299 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cabin 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful comfortable and incredible views
this is amazing view and was comfortable apartment
great place beautiful views and amazing apartment you will feel surrendered by luxury
carlos's apartment is situated on the lake with an amazing view
Cleanliness:
very clean and comfortable
very clean and amazing view
the apartment was very clean the beds where comfy the jacuzzi was a huge plus as well
Host:
carlos is the best host
super great host
carlos was very responsive and helpful
the owner never fixed the problems
our host was very responsive and courteous with our entire check in process
Location:
beautiful location great for romantic getaway
the apartment has a great location
gorgeous location smooth check-in easy communication highly recommend
carlos place is very well located and very clean
very flexible and friendly to share tips about the location and apartment functionality
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4. Cali (from USD 33)

La Ermita Cali - Vista trasera
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user marplar used under CC BY 2.0

Cali is called the “Salsa Capital" of the world and is dynamic and full of life. It has a warm, humid climate, and walking along the river banks can cool you down a bit. You can also check out sites such as La Ermita Church, Museo La Tertulia, Calima Gold Museum, and Museo Arqueológico La Merced. You can also go up to the Cristo Rey statue which is similar to Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil.

Of course, there are many dance studios around town. Book a class and try out salsa dancing! Cali also has some great food with a wide range of influences. Cool down from the weather and the dancing with some champús, a local drink.

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NH Cali Royal

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 100B # 11A-99

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre


Hotel Stein Colonial

Wifi Available

Address: Avenida 4 Norte No. 3-33

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Fitness centre Garden Terrace

Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
130 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great location fast wifi hot water and ample space
the apartment is as advertised with great internet and even better location
Cleanliness:
the place was really clean and beautiful
clean and a safe spot to be
excellent location house was clean and the host communicated well with me
Host:
great place and attentive host
patrick was very accommodating and was plenty helpful throughout our stay
patrick was an amazing host he was very attentive
patrick is a very good host
the apartment was very spacious and patrick was an amazing host
Location:
excellent place and well located
amazing restaurants all over within walking distance
peñón is a cute safe and fun neighborhood to enjoy the city i definitely recommend this place
you’re close to chipechape and a great breakfast spot around the corner
beautiful place very well located i totally recommend it
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5. Jardin (from USD 107)

Jardin, Colombia
Source: Photo by Flickr user Pedro Szekely used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Jardin is found in the Colombian coffee district, with buildings bursting with bright colors. You can check out local sites such as Basilica Menor de la Immaculada Concepcion, an imposing neo-gothic structure. You can also immerse yourself in nature at the Reserva Natural Jardin de Rocas which is filled with flowers with visiting butterflies and birds.

Relax at Plaza Principal and stop by its outdoor cafes. You can also try out the hearty local fare which is always made with fresh ingredients. Moreover, try visiting a coffee plantation and taking a tour.

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Hotel Plantación

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 9 12-56

Restaurant Garden Non-smoking rooms Facilities for disabled guests Internet services Solarium Massage Hiking


Casa Passiflora Hotel Boutique

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 5 # 11- 48

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Non-smoking rooms Laundry Family rooms

Jardín, Antioquia, Colombia
266 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Tiny home 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
a great apartment with incredible views of jardín
the apartment was perfectly located- 1
beautiful place to stay in jardin very cozy place
the house was very cozy clean and had wonderful views of el jardin
incredible stunning beautiful clean apartment with 2 balconies gorgeious views and a great host
Cleanliness:
the place was sparkling clean and very comfortable
the apartment is very clean and quiet
loved this airbnb sparking clean
the apartment itself is very clean and has everything you need including consistent hot water in the shower
it is light and airy and extremely clean
Host:
host was extremely helpful and friendly
great host very communicative and made us feel at home and taken care of
marcela was a great host
marcela is a great host
marcela is a very nice host and super attentive
Location:
the location was amazing and only a few minute walk to the plaza at the city center
a 5 minute walk from the central square but nice and quite we loved our stay
this airbnb is in a great location and is well worth the price
the place is very quaint and cute
this small home is in a great location just a few blocks from the main plaza
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6. San Andres Island (from USD 251)

Johny Cay
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mario Carvajal used under CC BY 3.0

The pristine waters make San Andres Island one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. It’s a cultural mix of an island, especially obvious in its music. Head over to La Piscinita for some great diving activities. Spratt Bight, within the shopping district, is the place to be if you want to check out restaurants, bars, and shops.

Across San Andres Island is Johnny Cay, a famous stop when you’re on the island. It’s easily reachable by boat and has white sands and palm trees, perfect for relaxing and recharging.

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Hotel Decameron Maryland All Inclusive

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Av Colombia nro 9-38

Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning Facilities for disabled guests


Miraflores Boutique Hotel Adults Only

Wifi Available

Address: Av Circunvalar Km 10+700

Restaurant Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing Laundry Family rooms

San Andres Islas, San Andres y Providencia, Colombia
Wheelchair accessible Visual Aid: Braille
villa 14 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the pool has a great temperature all day (for march at least)
Cleanliness:
the house was clean spacious and comfortable but could use some repairs
Host:
the staff at the house were kind helpful and prompt to address any of our requests
Location:
this is truly an outstanding place where to stay
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7. Salento (from USD 60)

Salento, Quindio, Colombia - panoramio - Jimmy Gómez N (8)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jimmy Gómez N used under CC BY-SA 3.0

With its beautifully preserved Antioquian architecture - specifically its vibrant houses and flower-adorned balconies - visiting Salento is like going back in time. Explore the town and check out Salento Quindio Main Park. It has cafes and restaurants, as well as Our Lady of Carmen church. Plaza de Bolivar Salento is nearby. For some shopping, stroll along Calle Real and take in the colorful buildings while checking out the artisan stores and souvenir shops.

Outside the town, you can visit Cocora Valley for an ecological adventure. Here, you can take a breath from busy cities and recharge with nature. Planning to visit? You can stay in esteemed hotels such as Hotel Salento Plaza and Hotel El Mirador del Cocora.

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Hotel Salento Plaza

Wifi Available

Address: Carrera 7 # 6- 26 Salento

24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms


Hotel El Mirador del Cocora

Wifi Available

Address: Calle 1 #3 - 01

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

Salento, Quindío, Colombia
196 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
there is wifi and smart tvs in the larger bedroom and living room
the wifi was perfect zero issues with video calls
nice appartment with good wifi
bedroom is comfortable wifi is great
pros: cleanliness good furniture new construction fast wifi good kitchen good bathrooms
Cleanliness:
comfortable clean well design place to stay
great place beautiful and super clean
Host:
host was very attentive and friendly
juan carlos was a wonderful host
juan carlos is also an amazing attentive host
juan carlos is a very friendly host
great place and juan carlos is a very responsive host
Location:
nice airbnb close to salento centre
great place in a great location
great location close to the main square but across from a small farm
nice spot close of everything i would recommand
juan’s place is in a cute little spot right outside of the center square
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8. Barichara (from USD 127)

Street in Barichara 02
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bernard Gagnon used under CC BY-SA 4.0

One of Colombia’s most beautiful heritage towns, Barichara, has cobbled streets, colonial architecture, and incredible views of the mountains. You can check out Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception which has a stone façade that alters color depending on how the sun hits it. Barichara Main Park is across the church, resting under the shade of the trees. Visit the Jorge Delgado Sierra Arts Park, an open-air museum overlooking the Suarez River Canyon.

There are many local artisan workshops everywhere in town where you can buy your souvenirs such as small religious statues, embroideries, and potteries.

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Hotel Hicasua y Centro de Convenciones

Wifi Available

Address: Calle 7 No 3-89, Barrio Sector Hospital

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Garden


Casa Barichara Boutique

Wifi Available

Address: Calle 5 No 10 70

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

Barichara, Santander, Colombia
Apartment 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Visit this South American gem

Colombia’s uniqueness and vivacity make it a great destination. Whether you’re interested in culture and music, a lover of mountains and beaches, or a foodie looking for interesting fares, you’ll definitely find it here.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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