Bahía Concha
Bahía Concha
4

Top ways to experience Bahía Concha and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles627 reviews
Excellent
240
Very good
208
Average
103
Poor
46
Terrible
30

santiago v
11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Do not go here if it rained last night. Two rivers end here and the water will be all brown.
If possible try to avoid this beach. As a Colombian it is heartbreaking to see how locals pollute and are Soo disorganized.
We payed twice the normal price per person (60.000 for unch, insurance entrance, round trip and snorkeling should be ok).

We lost all day waiting in traffic, waiting for lunch, waiting for the boats for the snorkeling ..

Avoid this beach as much as possible, or be very sure you understand what you are getting for what you are paying.
Written 22 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Julian W
Oakleigh, Australia9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Went here with family and their dog. Long drive through a poorly maintained dirt road to get there. Upon arrival you must pay a parking fee. There are about 20 staff sitting around doing nothing. They advise no dogs allowed however they will keep your dog cages for a few similar to parking fee. They charge money for everything they can think of however the venue still looks like an abandoned junk town. Can’t comment on the beach as we asked for a refund and left. Not recommended.
Written 15 March 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Margarita703
Blackpool, UK179 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
There is nothing special about this place. It was a long drive for a very disappointing beach. There are not facilities, not even a toilet! The vendor are annoying. The tents are $60000Cop and when we said we were not 'gringos' they lowered the price fro a plastic chair from 20000 to 10000. Everything is a rip off and the beach at my Hotel Irotama was much nicer than that dirty strip of sand. Don't waste your money.
Written 5 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raphael144
98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
The Bahia Concha beach is pretty but for my taste way too crowded and touristy. There is a hidden beach off the beaten path: If you walk to the right, you will first pass the camping area and when you get to the point where the first trees touch the water, you will stumble upon a path that leads up the hill in the forest. If you follow this path for about 20 min you will get to a beautiful hidden beach away from all the noisy tourists (see my pictures below). I had the beach to myself for hours. It is not a sand beach, but a beach of pebble stones with cristal clear water, lots of fish and corals.

To get to Bahia Concha, take any bus from Santa Marta that has a sign with "Bastidias" (costs 1600 COP). Ride the bus until the last stop and ask the driver to drop you off where the cars/motos depart for Bahia Concha. Here it gets a little sketchy. The place is crowded, run down, and hords of motorcycle drives want to drive you. Chose the driver wisely. The road to Bahia Concha is in pretty bad shape, so it will be a bumpy ride (ca. 20 min). The moto-taxi costs 5000 COP until the beach - don't let them charge you more. At the entrance to the park you pay an entrance fee of 5000 COP. The way back works the same way - there are always motos waiting at the beach to drive you back. Roundtrip with entrance fee sums up to 18200 COP. I found the beauty of the hidden beach worth the cost.
Written 3 December 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Francisco S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
I've going for a couple of years to this destination, and the actual state today is awful.

First, every street vendor has doubled the prices for everything, food, transportation, facilities (tents), drinks and every other little thing.

Now, they will charge or ask for money for absolutely everything; if you give them cans for trash, they ask for money; just by talking to someone or an inquiry about something means they ask for money; EVERYTHING will mean you have some sort of debt about something.

Now there are some shady tactics to charge for a ton of stuff (they sell you lunch but ask additional for a fork or napkins) so be careful.

I used to pay 5000 for transportation to the beach from esquina de los pescadores (closer point in the city for the beach); now, you pay COP 10000, plus the entrance fee and if you bring a car depending on the size you pay COP 40000 -100000, so be ready to spend a ton just by getting there.

Other than that the price of the food starts around COP 300000 - 450000 (I used to pay COP 20000 tops 3 months ago), plus overpriced drinks COP 4000 per beverage; and the price of the tent COP 25000 ( used to be COP 15000 tops)

Be mindful that unless you take your food or drinks you will have to pay the prices there because of the location, so be ready to bargain with very little room for anything.

Sadly this beautiful destination is not a good place to have a good time anymore and I don't recommend it at all; there are better, and more accessible options in santa marta.
Written 22 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Miryan Cardoso
Brasilia, DF21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Solo
When in Santa Marta I decided to read to Bahia Concha. I went alone. The taxi drove me to a fisher village and there a motorbiker took me to the place. It is very informal, I need to ask for a helmet otherwise they wouldn't give.
Everything is extremelly expensive, it is windy, the water is extremelly could. I was hard to realize I was in Caribe. Beautiful, but, in my opinion, it isn't worth it.
Written 5 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

raquelzepeda
London, UK36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
The place is very basic if you are looking for luxury. Do you want natural beauty? Some of the best beaches I have been in the world.. the water was so clear and clean... we went on a boat from Taganga. It can be a rough ride as the current around there is strong but once you are on the beach, it is absolutely lovely. The lunch was very nice. We had Lobster and despite the basic facilities, it was delicious. You have the option to go to another beach which is even more rustic but amazing. They pick you up in the way back . Make sure you go in a two motor boat not one.
It takes a good 40 minutes from Taganga.
Written 6 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

liliadeli
Boulder, CO20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
We really weren't up for a trek into Tayrona or a full-day beach tour, so we found a guide to take us to Bahia Concha for a half day. We had used this guide for a trip to Minca and he offered us a private trip so we could leave whenever we wanted. It cost us $70mil per person for the round trip, park entry, and as much time as we wanted. The beach was not crowded and was nice and clear. They said we could snorkel, but there wasn't really that much to see. Overall, nothing mind blowing, but a good relaxing half day. It was cloudy, so the water didn't appear that bright blue color. For a good guide to accommodate whatever you might need: Jaider Cuao 317-761-1104 or Jaider0786@hotmail.com. (Only speaks Spanish)
Written 2 June 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

FlyingTreeYogaStudio
Medellin, Colombia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
With one last day in the Santa Marta area we went in search of Bahia Concha. The information on the internet was spotty, but here is the most recent info.
From the center of the city you can hire a taxi ... 100mil to be taken to the beach and brought back a few hours later. (if you speak spanish) be sure to clarify the pickup time. Before 4:30pm when the area empties of people and they close the access road.
Pay the taxi driver upon successful completion and return to your destination of choice.
There is no cell reception at the beach, but it is always a good idea to have phone number and license plate number of any taxi you re contracting.

There were many buses there, but all seemed to be privately hired for groups. So Private transport is still the way to get there.
The last bit of road to reach the beach is privately owned and there is an unofficial toll. 30mil per car is charged at the entrance and is non-negotiable. This has recently been increased from 5mil per person. You should not expect this rate nor should you feel exploited. 30mil is standard.

Upon arrival you will com out onto a beautiful bay. There are plenty of shade tents for rent. 15mil is standard for day rental. If you aren't bothered by the crowds and want the shade stay there. We walked 10-15min down the beach to where things quiet down. Just passed the last Shade tent is a camping zone. You can set up in the shade under a tree for free.

The water was clean and a perfect temperature. I took my 8month old daughter and she had a great day. Her first time in sand and in the ocean. She was in love.

There are not a lot of vendors that hassle like on other beaches. But it is possible to order from a menu of a local restaurant and have a fish lunch prepared and brought to your sandy spot of choice. The food was slightly over priced and decent, but not remarkable.
The beach is definitely worth the effort and money if you are looking for a natural escape and want to cool off a bit. It is more affordable with a small group. Consider bringing your own food & drinks.
Have a great time.
Written 5 December 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bob1960Montr_al
Montréal18 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Did not like because there is so man People all arriving by bus tour
Food was cold and they even charge you to use the bathroom
The view is ok but there are better ones to see
Written 21 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 70
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

BAHÍA CONCHA (2024) All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All Santa Marta HotelsSanta Marta Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Santa Marta
All things to do in Santa Marta
Day Trips in Santa MartaZoos & Aquariums in Santa Marta
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday HomesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire