Santa Marta, Colombia

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** SANTA MARTA TOURS, COLOMBIA **

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    jazminoniris
    17 Oct 2021
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    I went to Santa Marta in early June of 2021. This is everything I know about Santa Marta, Colombia –

    Santa Marta is about a 3 hour drive north of Cartagena. Currently there is no direct flight from Cartagena to Santa Marta so my mom & I decided to take a bus instead for 65,000 pesos per person one way via @berlinastur – comfortable ride with a/c & wifi on board. It did make a stop in Barranquilla.

    Where to Stay – we stayed at Irotama Resort ( @irotamaresort ) which is about a 15 minute drive from the center of Santa Marta. Although it was located in the outskirts I would still highly recommend this hotel! Stay in el Lago tower if you want a hotel feel. They also offer villas and bungalows. Super cute. However you don’t get the same views as the tower. Staff was amazing! We got a welcome drink and a buffet style breakfast was included. Usually a 20,000 peso taxi ride to the center/touristy area of Santa Marta.

    Where to Eat – Donde Chucho ( @dondechucho ) is a must! Food was absolutely delicious. If you are a fan of seafood, this place is for you! I had their lobster dish and absolutely loved it!

    Another must is LamArt ( @lamartsantamarta ) located near el Parque de Los Novios. Small restaurant, great service, cute decorations, and the food was 10/10! Try their octopus appetizer, you will not regret it!

    Almost every restaurant/bar has happy hour! If you like to enjoy some cocktails there are many places that offer 2 for 20,000 pesos! This is a great price.

    If you are craving ice cream/gelato, you need to go to Gnam ( @gnamgelateria ). Located near El Parque de Los Novios. You will see a huge mural of a little child eating an ice cream cone. You won’t miss it!

    Best part is their Covid cases went down 70% so during my time in Santa Marta there was no curfew.

  2. Paola_Sands
    11 Feb 2020
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    Santa marta the Colombia’s hidden gem

    Santa marta is a city on the north of Colombia, is a Caribbean city with the bests vibe ever, why is it a hidden gem? Because even when is quite touristic, still no many people know about this city, this city is very exotic and have everything, it has a national natural park, beach, mountain and jungle. Where to go ? You guys can’t definitely miss the following places:
    Minca
    Tayrona National park
    Costeño beach
    Taganga

    Those places will make you feel that Santa Marta is amazing.
    You guy need to see by yourself what I’m talking about, There is not many black traveler out there, but let’s make it black travelers destination.

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    Rphillips
    04 May 2019
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    Santa Marta is a coast city so it is easily accessible from the other bigger cities of Barranquilla or Cartagena. On this particular trip, I flew in Santa Marta airport and took a cab to my Airbnb. On page 7 of the Airbnb listing, I found a detached modern room with private bathroom, air conditioner, and a kitchen in case I wanted to cook. The location was a 15 minutes walk from the city center in barrio los angles. Here is the link for the Airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/23064182?guests=1&adults=1&source_impression_id=p3_1557004300_ZatIZlJgNBaYYe1SAs far a lodging is concerned, it’s not too price in this city. This is a stop on the South American backpacker trials so plenty of hostels are available as well. The flight was around 400 dollars and I spent another 300 on everything else which was a lot. I was able to visit several beaches, eat endless fruits and arepas, dined at a few night restaurants, and even visit the gym. My favorite restaurant in Santa Marta is named El Bistro. Everything I ate on the menu was very good especially the filet mignon and the carbonara pasta. As you walk the streets you can find many stands selling all types of fresh fruit for 2,3 pesos or cheaper. The country of Colombia is no stranger to black people at all. The whole northwest area of the country would have you believe you in an African country. Although I spoke very little Spanish, I was treated well. Most Colombians are very friendly easy going people

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    Jeeleighanne
    15 Jun 2018
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    Santa Marta was the second stop of my Colombian Multi City tour.I stayed in the heart of the city El Rodadero. I took a minibus almost 4 hours from Cartegena to Santa Marta.This is the best route for a foodie like me.There is Soooooooo much local food and fruits along the way.We stayed in one of the many many many high rise beach front apartment buildings in Santa Marta. The sunrise and sunset is amazing from up there This city never sleeps literally. Live music from the Vallentos (local musicians) could be heard all hours of the night.The beach almost always had people dancing singing and just having a good time although the beach closes at 8 but they allow people to stay on the side walk without a time limit.This is also the city to get your souvenirs they are way cheaper here.The best Arepa i had was from a street vendor in Santa Marta.There is so much local food here i couldn’t stop eating.On the second day we tried to get tickets to a national park called “Cabo San Juan” but unfortunately it was sold out EVERYWHERE! So we settled on a 30 minute “Chivas”( party/music bus) ride really deep into the jungle to go to another national park called “Bahia Concha”. The beach is surrounded by huge mountains. Its truly amazing to see.There we were able to take a motor boat to a spot behind on of the the mountains where you could snorkel for free. After that we rented a cabana and sat at the beach ate and drank. Alot! The only restaurant on the beach does beach side serving. Just put in your order at the restaurant and the serve you no matter what part of the beach you are.If you’re in the search for little history mix with a lot of partying food and the beach Santa Marta is definitely the spot in Colombia.

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