Things to do in Santa Marta

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Things to Do in Santa Marta


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Top Attractions in Santa Marta

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What travellers are saying

  • Lewis
    Birmingham, UK15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience! The walk is great, the guides are helpful, the food was delicious and filling, the campsites were comfortable and allowed you to relax a bit after a long day of hiking. The Lost City itself is obviously breathtaking but the journey there is equally breathtaking! I think you have to be moderately fit to do this as I am an avid hiker and I still found it strenuous as times even though I went during rain-season with lower temperatures.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Daniel W
    Michigan3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I learned a lot from the self-guided tour about the history of the el Libertador! I loved how Santa Marta honors Bolivar and is keeping his memory alive.

    The Quinta is amazing and very well serviced!
    Written 27 October 2023
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  • Clemencia G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tayrona is the Latin America Hawaii. Beautiful beaches, rivers, waterfalls, and the forest is amazing.
    We stay at Casa grande surf hostal near to the Tayrona Park entrance, very good location to go around everywhere.
    The place is beautiful and the staff very nice. The food and drinks are delicious and have very affordable prices.
    They offer relax and therapeutic massages, the best I have in my whole life.

    Then we stay at Rodadero Santa Marta. Very nice beaches, great restaurants around the beach and in downtown. Wonderful city lo visit, and affordable.
    We enjoy so much our visit to the Colombian Caribe.
    Written 15 February 2024
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  • Ange4Maria
    Bogota, Colombia9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It has a nice atmosphere during the afternoon and night. Lots of restaurants (with local and international food), cafés, and good places for ice cream and seafood. There are also several bars where you can dance or just have a drink. There are sometimes street musicians in the center of the park and its surroundings. It is a very cool place and it is very close to nice hostels.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Nick G
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice beach but very expensive if youre a tourist.. the prices are over inflated...just be careful to ask before you get anything...
    Written 5 February 2021
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  • larry f
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little museum. A collection of the areas historical display from indigenous, settlers and more. The gold is fake but still nice to look at
    Written 22 August 2023
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  • Roberto H
    Bogota, Colombia85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a tubing journey of almost 1:30 hours through the rio Don Diego. Beautiful place to see monkeys, different type of birds and have fun enjoying the scenery of the jungle all the way to the ocean. Adolfo was our guide and was really kind, assisting our kids all the time and giving us all the information throughout the river. Amazing place and very well organized. I suggest you do the visit to Taironaka and start from there the tubing
    Written 10 April 2021
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  • JamesDB7
    Washington DC, DC51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend an hour, for a break from the pool and/or beach. Very recommended. Not huge so only lasts an hour or so.
    Written 31 July 2018
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  • CBaz
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We rode horses to this location with our guide it was beautiful and the water was very COLD! it was a great place to take pictures and jump off the rocks into the deep water.
    Written 15 January 2019
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  • 40_countries_2014
    Washington DC, DC81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many good food options, shopping options and a grocery store. Really good security to keep out the buskers and very clean and well-lit. We went every night of our stay.
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Kelsey
    Medellin, Colombia7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You have to eat the lobster caught and prepared by the beach keeper. It’s the best lobster i have ever had in my life and incredibly cheap and fresh.
    Written 31 December 2019
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  • Jamie E
    El Dorado, AR1 360 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I have read the below negative reviews. I promise this beach is always beautiful and clear. There are no rivers that enter this beach. I believe the below travelers are mistaken this beach for another. I’ve been coming to very month to this beach for 14 months. I promise this beach does not disappoint with its beautify. I read the lates review about there is no surf? Maybe he should have went to Cartagena or Barranquilla if he likes surf, though the water is not as clear there.
    Written 16 December 2021
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