Beaches in Santa Marta

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Beaches in Santa Marta

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kevin S
    Pontypridd, UK6 890 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stretching a few kilometres from Buritaca village west towards Santa Marta this is an untouched stretch of beach. Practically nothing on it. Walking along it every few hundred metres you might will pass a small guest house which offers sun beds to rent, or has a bar or restaurant. Most will be closed except maybe at weekends, a few open. The beach isn't suitable for swimming, large waves and currents. So what is there to do? Relax and enjoy walking along an empty beach. This means it is not swept, it is not cleared of natural debris like broken palm trees washed up but there is actually very little plastic and other rubbish washed up. Just a quiet relaxing time after a few weeks of hectic travel around Ecuador and Colombia.
    Written 9 February 2023
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  • Ary L
    Paris, France199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's the second time we've been there and we enjoyed it very much. Nice weather, large beach, great water, clear with a nice temperature, well preserved, clean. We stood under a tree shadow. We rent chairs to seat at 5000 pesos each. We also had lunch and a couple of drinks provides by locals. Each fish was 40000pesos, each drink 3000 for water at 5000 pesos for small beer or cola. The access sucks since the road has not been maintained so a jeep to get there is recommended if you go on your own, or by boat or bus from travel agency. Good place tho chill and close to playa cristal were you can get by boat if the playa cristal hasn't reach the maximum number os persons allowed. Recommended to go soon there to get best places.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • astroarchitect
    Freehold, NJ279 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best rated beaches in the Santa Marta area. Long, long stretch of shore in the Pozo Colorado area, north of the airport. No heavy surf, clean water (although not crystal clear and turquoise like some Caribbean waters). You have to pay 15 to 20 thousand Colombian pesos ($5.50 to $7.25 at the time of this writing) for a spot that is shaded with a fabric covering. Heavily inhabited by roaming vendors that sell everything from trinkets to tourist tours and food. Perhaps too much so, in the way you are constantly being offered something to buy. Understandable being that tourists are probably the only source of income for many of these vendors, but after a couple of hours of saying “no gracias” one starts to get annoyed at the constant barrage. There should be some way of hanging a sign next to your chair that gives them the clue you are not interested. Hey… maybe the next time I’m there, someone will be selling these…!
    If you are not interested in simply swimming, there are jet-ski rentals, and long inflatables that are pulled by power boats to ride. With the constant off shore breezes, I was surprised that there was no one kite surfing or para-sailing here. The wind was certainly strong enough to have made this a perfect spot for those activities.
    Walking along the shore you can see the many hotels and condo complexes that open up onto the beach. The sand is fairly dark and almost black when it gets wet, so it heats up in the powerful sun to the point that walking barefoot is difficult unless you right by the water. Maintenance of the shore is somewhat lacking as well and there is a surprisingly large amount of debris and small litter over the beach. One would expect that what is touted as the best beach in the area would have crews out sifting out the myriad of bottle-caps, ice cream sticks, and plastic straws, spoons and forks. Recycling and eco mindedness is not new in Colombia in general, but ridding the beaches of litter is something that still needs to be improved in this area.
    Written 27 April 2018
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  • Charleen B
    Kelowna, Canada81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beach not too far out of the bustling city centre. A cab ride from Old Town Santa Marta cost us roughly COP 17,000 or so. It was windy the day we went, and there isn't much for cover or shade on this beach so bring a hat! Water is warm and clear, however not the blue-green Caribbean colours that we all love. Also, the waves can be a bit daunting and there's a little drop off when you first step in, but nothing too serious, and definitely no dangerous undertow or anything like that here. We waded around in the water easily after the first few steps in and enjoyed ourselves and the quiet afternoon very much. Would recommend this beach :)
    Written 14 December 2022
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  • patrickkZ2315MB
    Philadelphia, PA28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We stayed at an AirBNB on the beach, it was really nice (clouds rolled in late in the day when I took the photos but it looks nicer in the sun), I read reviews that the beach was too rough to swim in but it’s no different than waves in New Jersey, just a lot warmer, so don’t be fooled by that, you can surf too. Restaurants on the beach, and a river with calm water at the end with kayaking.
    Written 24 April 2024
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  • Joana A
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cinto beach is beautiful and absolutely worth visiting. However, I thought I should leave here details about the horrific experience to get there and return by boat.
    We booked with Traveling World of Stratum directly at their agency in Santa Marta a boat tour to take us to Cinto with return included. This was part of their Tayrona Tour departing from Taganga, but instead of proceeding with the tour to the end of the Park, we were dropped off at Cinto and collected 2 days later as desired. We paid 200.000 COP pp which is ridiculously expensive for the service provided.
    On our arrival to Taganga, the lancha wasn't ready and even after we were all inside and ready to go, the lancha broke down on the first minute and we had to change to a new one, therefore not adding much confidence to the journey ahead. About 1 hour delayed, we finally departed. We were travelling against the wind and the huge waves, causing the boat to oscillate a lot - and I really mean A LOT! It was so bumpy and there was so much water coming inside that we got completely wet and my bum is still hurting even 4 days later. There's nothing to hold on to, so you just fall onto people. The trip lasted for about 50 minutes that felt like an eternity. The anchor was just left on the deck next to our seats, which was a major hazard as the boat was rocking and I could see the ponty and heavy anchor jumping around.
    If you still want to do it, do make sure you protect your belongings and specially any technologies with a plastic bag, or request to hold it in a compartment on the front of the boat, if this is available.
    For the whole time in Cinto I was anxious to come back. Conversations with other tourists have reflected my own state, with every single person sharing the opinion that these lanchas shouldn't be legal - larger boats or a yacht seem much safer overall.
    The way back is slightly less threatening. Despite the strong wind and big waves, the return is quicker (40 minutes). This is due to the fact that the boat will be travelling in the direction of the waves and the wind.
    The company provides no information about this fact or safety briefing and made no effort to make the trip safer. They really should improve their boats and provide training to the deckhand/boat staff.
    The boat ride was majorly uncomfortable and dangerous and I would not recommend it in the slightest.
    There's apparently one other way to get to Cinto by car and foot, which might take approximately 3 hours and a half but I would have done it without blinking if only I knew how dangerous the boats are. I can guarantee that such walk would be worth it once you see how beautiful and isolated Cinto Beach is.
    Written 22 February 2023
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  • Charleen B
    Kelowna, Canada81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We absolutely loved this beach. It's pretty, spacious, the water is calm enough to play in for hours, is sexy enough for couples and playful enough for families and children. A long beach on the coast just outside of El Rodadero, this place is one of those beaches that I feel one must absolutely go back to. There are some vendors, but not an obnoxious amount. Prices if you wanted to buy a drink off of one are reasonable. This beach is in front of the Condominio Marino Cabo Tortuga, and so some of the lounge chairs and beds can only be used by the condominium owners. Not to worry - there's lots of space whether you want to be sitting close to a younger crowd who play their boom boxes, or want something quieter and romantic for you and your spouse. It's a hidden gem.
    Written 14 December 2022
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  • Steffanie v
    13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small, but cute. Great water, good snorkeling, lovely people. Small restaurant at the beach and some cool hiking in the region
    Written 27 February 2022
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