Cordoba and Uraba practical Guide: All you need to know to visit this caribbean region

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We’ve decided to group together the destinations located around the town of Monteria, i.e. the places to visit in the Cordoba department and around the Gulf of Uraba.

This is a relatively little-visited region, apart from Capurgana, which has become a popular destination for those seeking beautiful beaches, a little isolation and a connection to nature on the Caribbean coast.

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Cordoba and Uraba General information

Cordoba and Uraba Travel Guide

The region around the Gulf of Uraba has long suffered from armed conflict. Today, it is still a territory where local mafias reign, but it is perfectly possible to discover the region’s tourist sites without any problems.

The region’s main town is Monteria, and the rest of the area is rural and focused on cattle farming. Tourism is almost entirely focused on the Caribbean coast.

  • Natural region : Caribbean
  • Departments: Cordoba, Antioquia, Choco
  • Capital: Monteria
  • Population: 2.3 million
  • Altitude: between 60 m and 500 m
  • Climate: hot and humid
  • Average temperature: 30°C
  • Dry season: December to April
  • Rainy season: May to November
  • When to go: all year round

Best things to do in Cordoba and the Gulf of Uraba

Cordoba and Uraba Travel Guide

Monteria is not necessarily a very touristy town, but it’s well worth a stroll, especially on the beautiful banks of the Rio Sinu. Around Monteria, the town of Lorica is part of Colombia’s network of heritage towns and villages. The tiny village of Tuchin is famous for its production of the sombrero vueltiao, Colombia’s national symbol.

On the Cordoba coast, the beaches of San Bernardo del viento are well worth a visit, much less touristy than Coveñas. Offshore, Isla Fuerte has nothing to envy the San Bernardo archipelago.

On the Gulf of Uraba, it’s impossible to miss Capurgana and Sapzurro, but first we recommend a stopover in Necocli, with its authentic atmosphere and numerous community tourism projects.

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Necocli, the best hotels

Hotel Punta Caribana: where to stay in Necocli

Hotel

Punta Caribana

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

The Hotel Punta Caribana is our usual stop-off point in Necocli, where Cruz and Wilberto go to great lengths to make you feel at home – 100% recommended, quite simply!

Necocli, the best hotels

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Hostal

La Mariapolis hostal

Dormitory : $25.000 to $50.000/Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

A relaxed atmosphere by the water, a young manager totally involved in Necocli’s local life, basic and clean services for those looking for budget accommodation.

Lorica, the best hotels

Onoma Hotel

Hotel

Onoma Hotel

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

It was a lady we met on the bus who recommended the Onoma Hotel (formerly La perla del Sinu). It’s conveniently located next to the main square and not far from the tourist malecon, the promenade that runs alongside the river. The hotel offers a nice view from some rooms and especially from the rooftop terrace!

Capurgana, the best hotels

Dive and Green Hostal

Hostal

Dive and Green Hostal

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

We didn’t stay at Dive and Green, but we did try scuba diving with them, and it was great! The reviews of the accommodation suggest that this is also a good option for accommodation in Capurgana.

Sapzurro, the best hotels

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Eco Lodge

El Caney Cabin

Double room : $250.000 to $300.000 COP

And why not rent an entire super house? Situated high above Sapzurro, with an unrivalled view of the bay, the El Caney cabaña offers original features, with two floors totally open to the outside and the experience of sleeping simply under a mosquito net, listening to the sounds of nature!

Capurgana, the best hotels

Los Robles

Finca

Los Robles

Double room : $150.000 to $200.000 COP

For greater comfort, head for Los Robles, which offers charming double rooms overlooking a pretty garden by the sea. Breakfast and catering available on site.

Sapzurro, the best hotels

Visit Capurgana & Sapzurro travel guide: best things to do

Hostal

Casa Mola Hotel

Double room : $0 to $100.000 COP

Perhaps the best hostal in Sapzurro, an economical price and a top-notch atmosphere right in the middle of nature, on the heights of Sapzurro.