As you drive past Puerto Colombia, you'll notice many constructions/renovations: Puerto Velero, Cerromar, El Morro, Caño Dulce, Playa Mendoza, Playa Turipana, Playa Tubara, etc...

Santa Veronica is roughly mid-way between Barranquilla and Cartagena.

It's wonderful and clean beach. The water is clear. True, I didn't analyse it for pathogens, but I didn't see the suspicious-looking foam that I saw in Salgar and Sabanilla.

These pix were taken last Sunday so, naturally, there were lots more people than during the week, but the beach was far from crowded.

Looking Eastwards:
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Looking Westwards:
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At the back of the beach, you'll find welcome shade:
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You can also eat there. There are many small "restaurants" offering family food:
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This yummy fillet of "robalo" a la plancha with arrow con coco and patacones costs 14K - very reasonably priced:
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If you fall in love with the place, there is a small hotel right by the beach, the hotel "Caney":
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The rooms are basic, but clean. 35K for a double with fan, 45K for a double with A/C.

How to get there?

1) By taxi

60K one-way (that's the "official" price). After MUCH haggling, we managed to get one for 80K both-ways (the taxi was prepared to spend the day there).

It's a 30 minutes ride.

2) By bus

a) With "La Costeña" buses (white and green buses).
Terminal:
Calle 22 # 46B-16
Paseo Bolivar
Centro Comercial El Rio

Price: 4.5K pesos (45 mns - 1 hour ride depending on the traffic)

b) With the municipal buses (Espreso Juan de Acosta)
Terminal:
El boliche
Calle 30 (las vacas) # 40 (la paz)

Price: 3.5K pesos (45 mns - 1 hour ride depending on the traffic)

The municipal buses can be hailed along the carrera 38. Look out for yellow buses with an orange/red stripe on the sides. They also have a "VIA AL MAR" sign at the front.

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Comments:

Thanks for sharing Darloup, nice contribution.

The beach doesn't look that "super" to me though, just my opinion.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Looks really nice and that food OMG coconut rice con patacon y pescado!!

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Looks much better than the beach at Cartagena.. and less vendors than Santa Marta.

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Kat1,

Nelly had a fish called "chivo de mar":
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What's the name in English for that fish?

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i miss my patacones

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patacons con suero... oh how I miss thee...

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Darloup,

thanks for the info.

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There's also a nearby water park and the estadero in the shape of a giant sombrero vueltiao. Right on the main highway from Cartagena to Barranquilla.

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You guys are making me hungry.
The food looks GREAT! Uncomplicated, fresh, appetizing...
The beach looks good too.

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what kind of fish is robalo? english name for it?

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Isn't robalo sea bass?

That food looks incredible!!

Posted on September 18, 2009


Chivo de mar is goat fish. Nice location. I have to try it the next time I am on the coast.

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looks like a nice hideaway or getaway for me...jajjajajaj...shhh....dont tell anyone about this place! jajajjaa

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the food looks like regulare veryday colombian food.

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Robalo is not sea bass. It is snook.

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what is snook, rob?

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The snook, known also as robalo and "Old Linesides". If ever a state has a fishing mystique, it would be that inspired by the snook in Florida.....
http://www.fish4guides.net/facts.htm
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I have been there but it was several years ago, 1997 I think. It was during the big El Niño event. The entire place was grey as a cinder block. Had not rained in 6 months. I do not remember the hotel being there then but I had some fantastic arepa de huevos there at a little outside resturaunt. Fresh ground corn arepas, mmmm. Thanks for the memories D, getting hungry now.

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WOW! the mug on that little SNOOKER looks alot like RAAAY........wee fooker snooker!!!!!!!!!...jajajja




BURP!

btw, thanks Desi!

Posted on September 18, 2009


Looks like Desi coverered it Miguel. It's very popular for sport fishing in shallow waters with fly tackle.

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It depends where you are on the beach. it could look like this:
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Or like this:
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That looks nice too sapo, ahhhhhhhhh colombia a beautiful country :))

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Dar...thanks for the post. This may be exactly what I need. Any chance of snagging the number for the hotel?

ts

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True, Colombia doesn't have the nicest beaches, but this looks like one of the better ones in the area ... I'm going to add it to my list of things to do! And the price is right on the hotel ...

Thanks Darloup ...

Whitey

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Yeah............great post Darloopy....................fookin facinating................... Would you be able to post a picture of a half eaten apple, just to get me really excited.


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RAAAY... your hemmorrhoid inflamed buddy?

ts

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That beach looks nice, but more like a beach in the pacific.
The food looks yuuumy. "Pescao frito con patacon y arroz con coco"! nothing better.

Islas de Rosario, and San Andres, have beautiful white sandy beaches!

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San Andres, Colombia
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The best beaches are in Australia. Colombia's beaches are pretty poor in comparison.

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Oh we are talking world`s best beaches? Oh well, Bora Bora, The Maldives Atolls in the Indian Ocean, Roatan in Honduras, Tonga. I could go on and on...

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Countless beaches in Hawaii.

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Carmel Beach in Calif's not too shabby either.

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Posted on September 18, 2009


nice pics! The galapagos islands have beautiful, pristine beaches as well. most pacific islands do!

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Billy que lindas que son las playas de Carmel. Parece el caribe.

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No cierto Lisa, son las unicas en calif que tienen esa arena blanquita y suavecita como San Andres y el Caribe.

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My neighborhood beaches: RAT Beach ( right after Torrance)
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Sweet, glad you clarified what RAT stood for, for a second I thought it was were some PHRs hung out ;)

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Man dats some cold ass water at that beach!!!

ts

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Torrance/ Redondo Beach. I walk this almost everyday.
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Hermosa Beach
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The water was today 68.

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On the surface and dats some cold azz H 2 O.


ts

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wow super beach international!!

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San Destin Florida has amazing beaches. Clean and private.

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Sapo,

Me with a beard.

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Sapo,

are you gay?

ts

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Cool pics Darloup!

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To be honest the beach at Santa Veronica is like a small version of the Puerto Colombia beach, lots of waste and huge logs that get washed up there. Not really any good beaches near BQ I am afraid to say............best heading towards santa marta and Bello Horizonte.

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Flatline, that beach doesn't look a particularly private to me.

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Billy he must be in love, You don`t even notice anyone around! lol.

CORRECTION.... the water was 75 and the air was 68, late afternoon.

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TFL, that beach doesn't look too private to me. It is crowded in that picture. (by the way, I am less than a mile from where you took that picture jajaja)
The water temp here is about 85, same with the air temp.

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It was memorial day weekend a few years back, so it was a bit crowded where the chairs were at the Hilton.

Plus, no one throws trash on the beach, and if some makes it to the beach, it is cleaned up promptly.

No bums or riff raff.

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My son`s dad is right now in Tonga Island. He is stopping there for 3 days on the way back to L .A. from Australia and New Zealand after 5 weeks!. I can`t wait to see his photos, he is a great photographer.
TONGA ISLAND:
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Sorry Darloup for hijacking your thread. I did not start. ;)

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Personally, i think the best is the photo of Desi's wee snooker fooker which looks like RAAAY.......jajajaj

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Better than this beach on the pacific side of Colombia......

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My little beach on Long Island....

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TFL, so you were at the Hilton? Talk about a small world. That's where the old Mrs.robbie1 works. She serves at banquets. Anyway, you were real close to a very secluded beach. It is called Topsail state preserve. You could actually walk to it from the Hilton, would be a mile or so.

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nueva york bombero says on Sep 19, 2009, 14:12 (today): flag

Better than this beach on the pacific side of Colombia......
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Oh please. That is Buenaventura, the armpit of Colombia. But if you go to Juancahco/ Ladrillerso from BV, the beaches are very nice.
Nice beach NY bombero.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Thank you! I like the looks of this beach (Santa Veronica).
I'd like to try and hit up some of these obscure beaches next trip....
There was one far west of Cartagena that looked nice.

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Tolu

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Has Miguel Clavo posted any pics here.???

I can't see cos I have him on ignore.


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Big Beach, Maui


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WW, I've been there many a time, killer beach, in Mackenna, south of Wailea. Did you make over the lava rocks into Little Beach, the nuddie one?

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Little Beach, oh I know about that beach.....

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Vallenato: "Isn't robalo sea bass?"
It's snook in US English and sea bass in UK English

lpdiver: "Any chance of snagging the number for the hotel?"
No problem, lpdiver. I'll be going back in a few weeks and I'll let you know. BTW, that hotel is doing 130K daily rates for full-board: A/C room plus three meals a day (for two persons). Personally, I'd rather try out the different restaurants on the beach, but it's a good price for those on a tight budget.

Curramberochris: "To be honest the beach at Santa Veronica is like a small version of the Puerto Colombia beach, lots of waste and huge logs that get washed up there. Not really any good beaches near BQ I am afraid to say"

Well, like most things, I guess it's a question of individual perception and personal tastes. I never claimed that Santa Veronica was a superB beach, only that it was a super beach near Barranquilla - and, as you know, those are hard to find!

After the disappointment of Puerto Colombia, Salgar, Sabanilla, etc, it was nice to see a beach where it felt "safe" to swim. I didn't see any waste (but then I didn't go to the extreme Westerly part where, BTW, nobody swims). True, there were a few huge logs (which the kids used to play), but I'd rather have natural tree logs on the beach than plastic bags and beer cans in the sea - not to mention human excrement).

In fact, I'd even say I now prefer Santa Veronica beach to the El Rodadero beach (too many beer cans, plastic bags and empty bottles in the sea, too many beach vendors and plastic cups on the beach).

I've noticed many remote beaches between Puerto Valero and Santa Veronica. Hopefully, some of them will also prove to be "super" if not "superb"!

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BB - we skipped little beach, but scoped out the views on the micro peninsula between the two beaches.

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So if robalo is sea bass in England, what do Brits call sea bass? As in the large fish that is caught in the cold waters off the coast of Chile?

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Beach in the UK

Cornwall.

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Beautiful Kat. I love beaches!

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Lis, it's beautiful but cold.... on British beaches you don't need to wear a swimming custome but a wetsuit.

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LOL. The apposite here, clothing optional, the water is cold, but wonderful. My favorite place on earth! I was there few weeks ago and I am going again Sunday.
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LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA/CALIFORNIA

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The World's Best Beach

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Now I am a little confused about these beaches. When I was in Costa Rica a few years ago I was talking to a girl in a bar on a beach called Junquilla. The bar was one of those thatch roof type jobs without outside walls but does have interior rooms that double up as storage/kitchen etc. She was a Tico and when she found out that I was from USA, she asked me why I was there and I told her I love the beautiful beaches in Costa Rica etc. She said,"Don't you have bitches in USA?"
So what are we talking about - beaches or b&*ches?

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Well each to their own. There is not really a great choice of beaches around Barranquilla, so I suppose you have to enjoy what is available! The cabaña you showed looks a lot nicer than the beach.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Santa Veronica Revisited

It was so hot yesterday (Friday) in Barranquilla that we decided to go back to Santa Veronica for a refreshing dip.

As luck would have it, a tremendous aguacero broke out whilst we were in the bus. So, this is Santa Veronica when it rains (pix taken from the "restaurant"):

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Fortunately, the sun came out 30 minutes later. The beach and the sea were still clean and nearly deserted:

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And the food as fresh. Simple and cheap, but delicious family food:

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(fried "lebranche", patacones, arroz con coco, ensalata: 11K COP. The fish soup was thrown in)

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("robalo" a la plancha, arroz con coco, ensalata: 14K COP. The Redd's was 1500 COP)

As promised, here is the telephone number for the Kaney Hotel (see above): 310 604 89 88

Posted on September 18, 2009