Visit Santa Marta: Your Travel Guide

Things to Do in Santa Marta

Tayrona National Natural Park
There’s a reason Tayrona is Colombia’s most popular national park. Within the massive expanse lie beautiful coastline, lush jungle and cactus-covered hills. You’ll find archaeological remains of the Taryona people, as well as sandy beaches lined with coconut palms and set against high mountains – just beware of the strong currents and only swim in selected areas.
Trekking to Colombia's Lost City
You’ll feel like Indiana Jones as you strike out towards Colombia’s Lost City. Hidden in the jungle for over 1,000 years, Ciudad Perdida is only accessible via a 40-km trail. You’ll hike in knee-deep mud and up steep cliffs, battling mosquitoes, bathing in waterfalls and sleeping under the stars – but it’s all worth it once you reach the eerie ruins of this centuries-old city.
Taganga
Taganga is a tiny fishing village on the Colombian coast surrounded by desert mountains. It’s a lovely spot for relaxing on the golden beaches, and sampling fresh seafood and empanadas. The underwater life is robust, with colourful coral and tropical fish, making the town very popular for scuba diving – especially since PADI certification only costs about USD $300!

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

8
Very Good
Fine city to walk around a bit and do some sight seeing. Mind you, it can be very hot out there.. A stay for a couple of days would be enough. So you can travel further to for example El zaino (Tyrona Parc), Palomino or Minca.. Manu Nice places to eat by the way :)
Ruth
Netherlands
April 21, 2017
10
Exceptional
Lovely city and people. So many things to do and see, without a question it is a sleepy jewel worth seeing again and again. Magnificent beaches, sunny days with dry heat, fantastic people and restaurants, no complains at all about this city.
rafael
United States of America
April 17, 2017
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Very Good
Nice city to wander. Decent choice of restaurants. Good market and feels like a real place. Not touristy like Cartegena. Gold museum is excellent.
Antony
United Kingdom
April 9, 2017
10
Exceptional
Nice beach town. A great geT away for a couple or family. Nice beach scenery with culture both Santa marta and rodadero.
Eric
United States of America
April 4, 2017
10
Exceptional
Helpful staff, quiet area beside the shore, very clean. A little strange how few people seemed to be staying there as the property is quite large.
Mike
Ireland
April 10, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Santa Marta

Decameron Galeon - All Inclusive

8.2 Very Good

Score from 169 reviews

$194

Average price per night
Estelar Santamar Hotel & Centro De Convenciones

8.4 Very Good

Score from 848 reviews

$62

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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Tamaca Beach Resort Hotel by Sercotel Hotels

8.6 Excellent

Score from 609 reviews

$112

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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Casa de Leda, a Kali Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 605 reviews

$65

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Casa de Isabella, a Kali Hotel

9.3 Wonderful

Score from 337 reviews

$63

Average price per night
La Calzada del Santo

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 577 reviews

$59

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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Zuana Beach Resort

7.9 Good

Score from 709 reviews

$117

Average price per night
  • “great pool area”
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  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hotel Boutique Don Pepe

9.2 Wonderful

Score from 130 reviews

$160

Average price per night
Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

9 Wonderful

Score from 613 reviews

$59

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
    57 related reviews
  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “beautiful building”
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Beaches near Santa Marta are mostly within Tayrona national park; and there many have strong undercurrents, meaning you cannot swim. You could go to the beach at Taganga, but that's now overrun by Gringos and not very pretty...

The city has a very good history and the buildings at the center are very historical.

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Many tours to either the Lost City or Tahona National Park / beaches.

HAT, Sunglasses and plenty of sunblock.

Take a tour of Santa Mata after dark.

Pozos colorados the best for walking

At night in the historical center

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