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Santiago de Tolú is a sleepy fishing port founded in 1535—making it one of the oldest Spanish towns in Colombia. There’s nothing particularly attractive about it aside from the warm ocean. It has friendly locals and a light-hearted, free-spirited due to the abundance of bars along the boardwalk blast champeta music all day long. During holidays and weekends, when Colombian tourists flock here, the town doubles in size.



Tolú is the ideal launching point to see natural sights or to lounge on a white sand beach. Some interesting places, like the San Bernardo Islands, Coveñas, Caimanera, Volcán de Lodo and Playa Blanca, are 30 minutes to an hour from Tolú.



There are a far greater number of Colombians here on vacation than foreigners, but backpackers are slowly discovering Tolú, too. Most people spend just a day or two in Tolú, then head further West along the coast.



(Altitude: 2 m / 6.5 ft, Population: 30,000, Phone Code: 5)



Other places nearby Tolú: Taganga, San Andres, San Andres Isla, Santa Marta, Minca, Barranquilla, Ciénaga, Aracataca, San Andres Isla and Cartagena.

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Things to do in Tolú


120528A good way to get out and see Tolú and its malecón (boardwalk) is to hire a bicicletero and ride around town for an hour or two. Many of these “bikers” sit around the main square and by the ...
Tolú, Colombia

Islas de San Bernardo

In an effort to attract affluent clientele and foreign revenue, the Colombian tourism industry has recently begun actively promoting the tiny 10-island archipelago of San Bernardo, which is part of ...
Tolú, Colombia

Sand and Sea

The little beaches along Tolú’s boardwalk provide a nice break from the heat. The water is as warm as you will find anywhere in South America if a bit too warm! It isn’t the cleanest water, so ...
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Tolú, Colombia

La Ciénaga de Caimanera

Just fifteen minutes out of town, between Tolú and Coveñas, is a pleasant natural half-fresh and half-salt water lagoon, Ciénaga de Caimanera. Here, you can take a boat around the lagoon, pick ...
Tolú, Colombia
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