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WHAT TO DO AT THE SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES [2020]

Old Town Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta, Colombia became one of the first colonial cities in South Americas, which still is reflected in some colonial architecture, although nothing compared to Bogotá and Cartagena. White is the color of the colonial buildings in Santa Marta, and the highlights are the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace,  and the Santa Marta Town Hall, surrounding the Plaza del Cathedral.

 

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The Santa Marta Cathedral is one of the city's nicest colonial buildings.

The Santa Marta town hall is not quite as old but nevertheless a nice early twentieth century building on the Plaza del Catedral.

 

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A typical colonial style building with balconies.

The Bishop's palace is one of the most beautiful historical monuments in Santa Marta.

 

Why consider booking our Colombia National Parks Tour? Because for the same price, our tour gets you to ALL places for which Colombia is famous, and on top of that, you get to see 7 National Parks/Reserves accompanied by a naturalist guide. There is nothing similar on the market. As Colombia can be combined with other countries, we organize tours in modules: Bogota and surrounding Andes, Caribbean Coast and the Amazon of Ecuador; the latter for the Colombian Amazon still not being recommended for foreign visitors. Colombia is a very large country, so you need to fly. To do so at hardly any additional costs, you need to book both Bogota and Cartagena - and Quito if you want to include the Amazon module - in your international ticket.

Destinations Overview:  Bogota old town, Cartagena, Villa de Leyva Zipaguira Salt Mine Church, Chingaza Reserve, Iguaque National Park, Flamencos Reserve, Cienega Mangroves Reserve, Lake Fuquene, Tayrona National Park, Manaure Salt Flats.

 

What to do at the Santa Marta, Colombia, Beaches

What to do at the Santa Marta, Colombia, Beaches? Most and for all, Santa Marta is Colombia's largest harbor, receiving ships from both the Pacific Atlantic Ocean countries; the former reaching Colombia through the Panama Canal, as Colombia does not have a harbor at the Pacific coast. Every day, cargo ships pass close by the city's boulevard or malecón on their way to or from the container harbor that is visible from in the distance. As a result the city is a bit rougher than some other prime tourism destinations, like old town Bogotá, Cartagena and Villa de Leyva. And yet, Santa Marta has become quite a tourism destination, with its very popular malecón where one finds lots of restaurants and food stands. There’s a public market to wander through; the very popular Parque de los Novios, where one finds the Palace of Justice.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: The Palace of Justice.

The Palace of Justice.

 

The city beach, faces an island rock, rising from the sea, which makes a somewhat dramatic effect. This beach is quite popular and crowded with lots of people and plenty of frolicking.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Santa Marta down-town beach with the harbor in the background.WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: swimming along the malecón

Santa Marta down-town beach with the harbor in the background.

The Santa Marta boulevard or malecom.

 

Aside from the city beach, the main other beaches are its two resort-like suburbs El Rodadero and Taganga. El Rodadero is lined with high-end hotels and private "clubs" that cater mostly to wealthy Colombians.  High season is from December to April, with its peak from Xmas break through the end of January, which is the Colombian student's vacation period.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: El Rodadero Beach.

El Rodadero Beach.

 

Taganga on the other hand, which originally was a fishing village, has become popular with (mostly foreign) backpackers and nature oriented visitors. The town has many dive shops where you can rent snorkeling and scuba gear, book diving excursions on the reefs off the coast of the city and and get PADI scuba certified.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Relaxing on a quiet Taganga beach.WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Families enjoying a much quieter Taganga beach.

Relaxing on a quiet Taganga beach.

Families enjoying a much quieter Taganga beach.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular in Santa Marta.WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES:  Several outfitters give scuba diving training on the reefs of Santa Marta.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular in Santa Marta.

Several outfitters give scuba diving training on the reefs of Santa Marta.

 

At "Adrenaline Addicts Motorcycle" one can book tours per motorcycle or quads. A truly adventurous way to explore the surrounding areas of Santa Marta. Lessons are available for the less experienced riders, while tours vary from beginners to advanced riders.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Renting a quad is among the many things to do in Santa Marta.WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Taking a quad to the beach in Santa Marta.

Renting a quad is among the many things to do in Santa Marta.

Taking a quad to the beach in Santa Marta.

 

Other Caribbean beaches and eco tourism destinations are within reach. Best of all, Santa Marta is located near Tayrona National Park which is teeming with wildlife, walking trails, virgin beaches and campings, all within no more than half an hour's taxi ride.

 

WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Hiking and enjoying beautiful virgin beaches in Tayrona National Park.WHAT TO DO IN SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES: Beaches in Tayrona National Park are kept quiet by limiting the number of visitors entering the park.

Hiking and enjoying beautiful virgin beaches in Tayrona National Park.

Beaches in Tayrona National Park are kept quiet by limiting the number of visitors entering the park.

 

La Ciudad Perdida (Lost City) is a complex of pre-colombian ruins that predate Macchu Picchu. Without a road, it takes 4-6 days (roundtrip) hiking through the mountains, which is only possible through a licensed tourist agency.

 

WHAT TO DO AT THE SANTA MARTA COLOMBIA BEACHES [2020]

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