The Best Surfing Beaches in Colombia

Colombia has some amazing surfing beaches on both its Northern Caribbean Coast and its Western Pacific Coast. Some of them are easier to get to than others but any surfing enthusiast would be happy to know that there is opportunity for all types of experience levels and preferences. The best time for surfing in Colombia is December through March and July through September.

The surfing beaches on the Caribbean coast are much easier to get to, are more tourist oriented, and tend to be a bit calmer. The caribbean beaches are the best if you are a beginner, are learning how to surf, or are experienced and just want to get out and catch a few waves. Surfing beaches along the Caribbean are usually closer to city centers and there is road access, walking access, and more amenities/accomodations.

Tha Pacific Coast, while much harder to get to, has some of the best surfing in South America. The beaches around Nuqui are the best in Colombia and are an adventure lovers dream.  Unfortunately, the travel is a bit difficult and accomodations are scarce among most of the popular surfing beaches. If you are a foreigner, it is important to have a guide or travel with someone who knows the area. Most of the surfing beaches can only be accessed by boat or plane and you must understand that you are really trecking off the beaten path in many situations. The good news is that you will be rewarded for all your hard work. Untouched paradise awaits you along with roaring waves and phenomenal scenery. Hotels in the Pacific Coast are limited so plan on camping or sleeping in a tent. Make sure to be friendly to the locals as they are not used to seeing a lot of tourists.

The surfing beaches of the Northern Caribbean coast are easy to reach and are more centrally located than the surfing beaches of the Pacific Coast. Most major beach towns have surfing beaches, some of which are easier to find than others. Although the waves are not as strong as the waves on the Western Pacific Coast, there are beaches for all levels of surfers.

Beach Name Location Experience
Pradomar Barranquilla - Accessible by Car. Consistant waves for all levels.
Predomar is a very popualar surfing beach so it can get a little crowded. Try and go during the week. There are some fun bars along the beach and there are a bunch of locals.

Cartagena Jetty
Cartagena - West end of Cartagena Beach.
 Great for Beginners
 Warm Caribbean waters makes this a great beach for a laid back surfing vacation.

El Muelle
Puerto Colombia - Outside of Barranquilla
This powerful surfing beach has fewer surfers and is a great place to practice and learn new tricks. When you get to Puerto Colombia, ask for El Muelle and everyone will know what you are talking about.

Buritaca Santa Marta - Take a bus from "El Mercado"
 Consistent waves for all levels
El Bolsillo
Barranquilla - Take a car.
 Experienced Surfers Only
Punta Sur
 San Andres - South point of Island
 Fun for all surfers
This empty beach is great for all surfing levels. It's easy to reach by car or foot and you will have hours of consistant waves and definitely run into some interesting and curious locals.

Punta Roca
 Barranquilla  Experienced Surfers only
This easy-to-find beach has very strong waves and strong winds. Here you will find some of the most powerful winds on the Caribbean side without the crowds. Be careful of the current and sharp rocks.

Mendihuaca Tayrona Nat. Park - By the Mendihuaca Hotel  Experienced Surfers Only
Great waves for the Caribbean. Keep in mind that Tayrona National Park can be expensive.

Galerazamba Cartagena - 30 min 4x4 ride.  All Surfers Welcome

The center of it all on the Pacific side is a sleepy little town called Nuqui. This has become a common base in the area for surfers as conditions have improved and new beaches have been discovered. From here, you can find the right guide or tour to take you to your destination. There are various accomodations in Nuquí, from eco-lodges to hotels, and people are friendly.

The best way to get to Nuquí is by boat from Buenaventura or by plane from Medellin.

Beach Name Location Experience
Pico de Loro Close to Nuqui. Only accessible by boat Experts Only
For experts Only and accessible only by boat. If you are surfing here, you not only know what you're doing but have some inside information. Most locals don't even know how to get here. This is one of the best surfing beaches in Colombia but is dangerously rocky and only for the seasoned expert. We recommend finding a local guide at one of the hotels since you will probably not be able to find it yourself.

The beach is a short ride from Nuqui and is uncrowded. The place is surrounded by Jungle so don't be surprised with all the birds, foliage, and animals you might see.  Take a plane from Medellin to Nuqui and make arrangements through the hotel or a local business to take you to Pico de Loro.

Juan Tornillo Short boat ride South of Nuqui  Experts Only
Juan Tornillo is another isolated but fantastic spot for the expert surfer. Like Pico de Loro, it is just a short boat road south of Nuqui. Talk to a local guide or hotel concierge for information on how to reach this great surfing beach.

El Valle  Boat ride from Nuqui  Experts Only
El Valle is also only accessible by boat. To get here, arrive in Nuqui and then have a local bring you to this small town. There are cheap accomodations and inviting, tourist friendly people here. The waves here are pretty intense so we recommend travelling with a guide. El Valle is known for its frequent, consistent surf, uncrowded beaches, and it's beautiful landscapes.

Terco  Short boat ride from Nuqui
 All Levels
A short boat ride from Nuqui, this beach is more of a beginner friendly environment. Swells can reach up to 8 feet.

Termales  Short boat ride from Nuqui.
 All Levels
Another all-levels surfing beach close to Nuqui. Take a short boat ride from Nuqui.

Juanchacho  Boat ride from Buenaventura
 Experts Only
Take a boat from Buenaventura. Then walk to the beach.
You can only get here by boat or plane. Waves are some of the best in the world. EXPERIENCED SURFERS ONLY. No hotels here. Locals are friendly but travel with friends since this part of the country can be shady at times.