Encyclopedia of the World's Coastal Landforms

2010 Edition
| Editors: Eric C. F. Bird

Caribbean Coast of Colombia

  • Iván Correa
  • Robert Morton
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8639-7_41


The Caribbean coast of Colombia is about 1,600 km long, from Castilletes on the western border of Venezu­­ela to Cabo Tiburón at the eastern border of Panamá ( Fig. 4.11.1). It is a relatively developed area with numerous small cities and five large commerce centres or ports (Riohacha, Santa Marta, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Turbo). Land and air access from the interior of the country is available to all medium and large cities. Colombia’s primary Caribbean island areas are the coralline archipelagos of San Andrés, Providencia, Santa Catalina Islands and El Rosario Islands, 100 km south of Cartagena.


Alluvial Valley Caribbean Coast South American Plate Pocket Beach Sandy Barrier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Iván Correa
    • 1
  • Robert Morton
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidad EAFITMedellínColombia
  2. 2.U.S. Geological SurveyAustinUSA