CasaGrande Surf

CasaGrande Surf

KM 37 Via Santa Marta-Palomino, Santa Marta, Santa Marta Municipality 47003 Colombia
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#2 of 11 campsites in Santa Marta
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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CasaGrande Surf & camping 5km from Tayrona National Park. Beach break for all levels, in front of camp. Long, sandy, palm lined, untouched beaches. Surf school with equipment, local instructors in English and Spanish. Swim in the river with views to Sierra Nevada Mountains. Accommodation in private cabanas, hammocks or camping. Beach shack bar and restaurant with cocktails, beer and free coffee!
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Daniel C wrote a review Nov 2016
Dublin, Ireland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I wasn't expecting too much from this, and I'm glad my standards had been set low from the outset. The beach is lovely, but that's nothing to do with the hostel. The "cabanas" are bog standard at best (although the beds are good). The shower and toilet facilities are to be desired. The barman was extremely slow in giving me a beer, and there's not a great social atmosphere about. 3 out of 5 is fair in my eyes.
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Emily W wrote a review May 2015
Prague, Czech Republic
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I already miss this place! It truly is surfers paradise but also so much more. After spending two days and a night in Tayrona, it felt so good to get back to Casa grande,which instantly felt like home. It seems like more of a local hangout, a hidden gem. The facilities are clean, the bar is awesome, and the food is fantastic! They also have a slack line set up! Jota, the owner, is one of the nicest people I have met! He made sure we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and I cannot thank him enough! I highly recommend stopping in here, but plan on staying longer than you initially plan because you will not want to leave!
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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gapullin wrote a review Mar 2015
Kelowna, Canada
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While staying at Ecohostal Yuluka just outside Parque Tayrona, we discovered Casa Grande and spent two full days there at the beach. What an amazing secret! Parque Tayrona gathers so much press, that it attracts ALL the international visitors and leaves beaches like Casa Grande to the locals, with a sprinkling of tourists. On a weekday, we found ourselves to be literally the only people on the vast, clean, sandy beach. Within a 1/2 km walk on the beach, is a river mouth feeding into the sea, a prime spot for swimming in warm, clean, fresh water. It's a fairly steep beach on the sea side, so the surf is heavy, and rip currents can develop, so we spent most of our water time swimming in the river.
Casa Grande has a restaurant, and like most other establishments in the Santa Marta area, the wait for food is long, upwards of an hour. However, the quality was quite good, and prices reasonable. We did not overnight at Casa Grande, but it appears that both tent camping and small cottages are available.
Nobody speaks English here, and quite honestly, nobody speaks English well in the Santa Marta area.
This place has a great surf vibe, probably similar to California a half century ago.
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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mckplus wrote a review Jul 2015
London, United Kingdom
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Unfortunately, this hostel disappointed us.

The staff seemed pleasant, but were completely uninterested when we informed them the "hut" they allocated us had ants all over the bed. So we were forced to deal with the issue ourselves.

The hut itself was extremely minimal, with one of the most uncomfortable mattresses I've ever experienced. It would have been nice to have somewhere to sit, to enjoy the sun, but there are no chairs, benches or anything around the huts. The huts are surrounded by what looks like a moat, or stream, but this was completely empty when we stayed - just containing a smelly sludge of mud - not very appealing, and I'm sure a mosquito heaven.

Due to being in a remote location, there are extremely limited food options. The food we were served for dinner was nice, but the lunch was extremely expensive, and the meat was completely inedible. When they saw we hadn't eaten any of it, they did offer us something else, but we had been put-off already. Our food bill for 2 people for 3 meals came to over 80,000 - excluding drinks, whereas in other places we were spending closer to 40,000 on the same thing.

The other issue we had was noise. There was a large party held by the hostel one of the nights we stayed. Although having a party is never a bad thing, the music started at 2pm and continued until after 2am. This wouldn't have been an issue, except the music was so loud our entire room was vibrating. We carry earplugs, but these couldn't even touch the level of noise we were suffering - like trying to sleep in a subwoofer. Having even been warned in advance of this would have been nice - and we would have been able to choose whether to stay or not.

The entire place has no internet either, which wasn't a issue for us, but could be for some.

Issues which are worth noting, but no fault of the hostel are -
The currents are very strong, so swimming is strongly discouraged. The beach is rather messy, lots of trash etc. And the nearby lake is horrible - lots of trash, and smelly.
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Date of stay: July 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jean-rodolphe E wrote a review Mar 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything falling apart on this place, like an old cool place , but in 1994. Shower just pop from an horror movie, and you need to pay before eating ??
Just good if your lost on a road with no escape plan
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Tinu W wrote a review Jun 2015
Zurich, Switzerland
2.0 of 5 bubbles
After all the good opinions and the dirty beach in Taganga we thought we will try casa grande for some days..

The beach is really wonderful but...

The service in general was really disappointing. We were really not feeling welcome. When we went to Tayrona they only wanted to store our bags if we prepay another night (after we stayed already three nights).

Also power and water in the shared bathroom was inconsistent. A fan in our cabana was not working...

Just not what we expected...
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Date of stay: June 2015
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alexasofia17 wrote a review Jul 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hostel was the worst place we stayed throughout our 4 weeks backpacking in Colombia. We are backpackers so do not expect luxury, however some level of hospitality when your paying this amount is always welcome.

The whole atmosphere is dead with nothing going on, almost like it's been given up on already.

Where to begin..

- The restaurant (should not be classified as a restaurant) it did not have any food for the 2 days we were there (no exaggeration).

The first night we arrived at the restaurant (a Monday night) and asked a girl for food from the quite big menu. She told us they do not have anything on the menu and all they can give us is some rice or chips. We couldn't believe it, considering they offer so much but can't actually produce anything on the menu.
While we were sat down, we saw two other waitressing eating burgers that had been cooked for them. A very strange way to treat guests.

She then said that 'it's just tonight, tomorrow we will have food'. The next day we got up for breakfast and got told exactly the same thing, and again for dinner that night. I can't believe they charge this amount of money to stay at such a secluded place, with no where to be able to eat during your stay.

When we told the waitress how we couldn't believe this place can offer the food on a menu and not have anything for the guests, she said she couldn't believe it either, which says a lot.

Considering this place is quite far from any shop this was far from ideal. The whole place is overpriced and I don't know how or why they think they can charge that amount when the guests are treated so badly.

- The rooms are advertised to have 2 double beds in a cabana for 100mill per night. The beds are not double they are queen sized and extremely hard and uncomfortable. To say they fit 4 people per cabana is a lie. 2 was adequate but more would have been even worse.

- At this price you would hope for air conditioning. Instead there were 2 old fans. The power went off on one night we were there leaving it extremely hot in the room with no light.

- The small shed-like cabana rooms are built above dirty stagnant water pools that are filled with frogs and crabs. A prime environment for mosquitos, and mosquito nets are not provided in the rooms.

- Bathrooms were absolutely awful. They were unclean and very old, with dirty blue tiles and badly lit. I left the shower feeling dirtier than before! Again at the price they charge you would expect a lot better.

-the beach is nice, however everything is just very run down. Hardly anyone was around making it feel quite dreary. You can't even swim here as the currents too strong.

Unless money is spent on this place I can't really see it lasting much longer. I recommend you don't stay here, you can find much better places for your money that are close by.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sergio D wrote a review Dec 2016
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unbelievable.I still don't know how ended there.First of all the place is falling apart, the customer service is the worst, food is too expensive and disgusting,I had an argument with a damned rich Colombian woman and everyone was shocked because of my behavior and was naged because she was suposely the best customer that they had,I guess the only one now cause no one wants to stay over there, but ;when almost all my clothes misteriously disappear, none of the staff care about it.

I still don't get any respond about it.It seems nobody knows anything over.In other words, the place and staff is a completely failure.

NEVER GO THERE OR YOU WILL REGRET!
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alexandra wrote a review Sept 2016
Zurich, Switzerland
2.0 of 5 bubbles
CasaGrande looked really nice on the pictures. We were very disappointed. We paid 100'000 for a double room, but the room is very very small and it was not exactly clean. The bathrooms were under maintanace and we had to walk quite a while to the other bathrooms. Those were really dirty. We were besides three people the only guests so we dont know why there was no time to clean anything... The staff is friendly and helpful however and the food is OK.
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jimmy wrote a review Sept 2016
London, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Hostel was practically empty despite being advertised as almost full. Ended up moving despite paying for another night up front

Bar was closed, no music, atmosphere or other guests around

"Restaurant" was unable to sell us beer, coca cola or water within its opening times

Toilets miles away from the dorms

Slow service on food despite there being about 5 staff and us only guests

Were not able to rent us surf boards despite its name. Had to walk down the coast

Main asset was hostel's kitten
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Date of stay: September 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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R 744 - R 871 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ColombiaMagdalena DepartmentSanta Marta MunicipalitySanta Marta
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about CasaGrande Surf
Which popular attractions are close to CasaGrande Surf?
Nearby attractions include Laberinto Macondo (1.0 km), Taironaka Turismo Ecologico (4.8 km), and El Saltillo (4.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at CasaGrande Surf?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at CasaGrande Surf?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at CasaGrande Surf?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to CasaGrande Surf?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Don Samuel, Casa Tayrona Los Naranjos, and Tayrona Pizzas.
Are pets allowed at CasaGrande Surf?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at CasaGrande Surf?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
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