|Opening ceremony||19 July|
|Closing ceremony||3 August|
|Officially opened by||Juan Manuel Santos|
President of Colombia
|Main venue||Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez|
The 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Quetzaltenango was the only city to meet CACSO's January 2012 deadline to bid for the Games, and on October 29, 2012 it was named the host city.
Guatemala last hosted the Games in 1950 (in Guatemala City); Central America last hosted in 2002 (in San Salvador, El Salvador). Panajachel would be the venue for sailing, open water swimming and triathlon. Quetzaltenango was officially stripped from its hosting rights in May 2014.
Meanwhile, the Colombian City of Santiago de Cali has sent a formal request to the CACSO committee to host the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games (due to the success of the 2013 World Games) in case that Quetzaltenango was unable to meet with the event's logistics. In addition, sports venues in Santiago de Cali were completely built and in excellent condition, while Quetzaltenango was having delays in its venue preparation.
A second bidding phase was opened to find the new hosts for the Games. Panama City (Panama), Puerto la Cruz (Venezuela), and Barranquilla (Colombia) were bidding to host the Games. Barranquilla was voted as the hosts for the Games during a CACSO meeting in Veracruz, Mexico.
Host nation (Colombia)
|5||Dominican Republic (DOM)||25||29||53||107|
|7||Puerto Rico (PUR)||20||29||38||87|
|9||Trinidad and Tobago (TTO)||9||8||13||30|
|12||El Salvador (ESA)||2||5||11||18|
|15||Costa Rica (CRC)||1||6||19||26|
|16||British Virgin Islands (IVB)||1||1||1||3|
|18||Saint Lucia (LCA)||1||0||0||1|
|21||Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKN)||0||1||1||2|
|25||Cayman Islands (CAY)||0||0||3||3|
|26||Antigua and Barbuda (ATG)||0||0||1||1|
|U.S. Virgin Islands (ISV)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (30 nations)||451||450||557||1458|
The following 37 nations will take part. For the first time in the Central American and Caribbean Games, six Caribbean territories of European Countries competed, having reached agreement with ODACABE. These territories being: the three French territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, and French Guiana, the British Territory of Turks and Caicos, and the two Dutch territories of Curaçao and Sint Maarten. 
The numbers in parentheses represents the number of athletes entered.