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Top 10 Things To Do In Santa Marta, Colombia - Updated 2020

Things to do in Santa Marta
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The most gorgeous bay of America, Santa Marta, is such a shining pearl you can’t cast aside when discovering Colombia. The stamp of Colombian’s liberator, Simon Bolivar, is not the only draw with its commemorated sites, but there’s also the exotic virgin beaches, as well as the majestic nature, which are truly exceptional.

Here are 10 remarkable things to do in Santa Marta, Colombia for an impressive South American adventure:

1. Make a fun escape to El Rodadero


Although El Rodadero Beach is notoriously congested during the long weekends, the leading tourist attraction of Santa Marta remains great for sunbathing and skiing experiences. Hemmed in by many accommodations, from swank hotels to cheap-o guesthouses, the stretch of sand overlooking the Caribbean sea also becomes one of the best sleeping destinations.

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2. Go museum hopping in Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino


La Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino is the right venue to trace the memory of Simón Bolívar. The place of death of the Colombian legend used to be an extensive farm yielding honey, rum, and panela (whole cane sugar). The old white building displaying sculptures, furniture, and lovely paintings is apt for history exploration.

Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino

Address: Av. del Libertador - Sector San Pedro Alejandrino, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Opening Hours: 9 am to 4:30 pm

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3. Stroll down the Bastidas Boardwalk

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Having a leisurely stroll along the Bastidas Boardwalk to feel the fresh breeze and enjoy the scenic views of the desolate El Morro island off the coast would indeed be fun. There stands a momentous effigy of the city’s founder of Spain named Rodrigo de Bastidas. Another thrilling thing you can’t skip out on is the breath-taking sundown dipping over the blue Caribbean ocean.

Bastidas Boardwalk

Address: Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Opening Hours: 24 hours

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4. Catch the romantic sunset view at Bahia de Santa Marta

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Traveling with a sweetheart in Santa Marta? Take the unbelievable opportunity of witnessing the romantic sunset that Bahia de Santa Maria has to offer. Whether your spot is from a terrace of a stylish hotel, or the dock filled with fishing boats, you will find the tangerine sky view adding to the amorous surroundings truly majestic.

Bahia de Santa Marta

Address: Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Website: Bahia de Santa Marta

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5. Meet up with new friends at Parque de Los Novios


Parque de los Novios is a vast public space where people can enjoy their days by taking a stroll, watching the graceful salsa dancers moving their body or seeing the fire performances, and also catch up with friends. Want to do more? Be sure to hit it up at night to listen to the Vallenato played by the local musicians and try the delicious snacks offered by the vendors.

Parque de Los Novios

Address: Cl. 20, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Website: Parque de Los Novios

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6. Feed the soul at Catedral de Santa Marta

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Another worthy historical attraction you can’t avoid would be the Cathedral of Santa Marta, the first basilica established in South America. The Renaissance architecture does indeed represent the story and the legend of the old Catholic church. The immense building has also become the pride of the Magdalena people.

Catedral de Santa Marta

Address: Cra. 4 #16 - 02, Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

Contact Number: +57 3156782845

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7. Go camp at Tayrona National Natural Park

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If you can’t be apart from South America’s tropical nature, go discover the magnificent Tayrona National Natural Park. The area is covered with thick jungle with green vegetation, mountains, and secluded beaches. Aside of setting up a tent and savoring the enticing views, you can observe the endemic animals such jaguars and red woodpeckers.

Tayrona National Natural Park

Address: Magdalena, Colombia

Website: Tayrona National Natural Park

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8. Find an incredible getaway in Playa Cristal


Set within the Natural Park of Tayrona, the Playa Cristal, or Crystal Beach, literally offers an astounding natural view, ideal for your beach escape. The white sand swept away by the turquoise water, the lush hills overgrown by tropical trees, and the sunny weather are the highlights of the off-beaten-track. To reach there, you only need a boat.

Playa Cristal

Address: Tayrona National Natural Park, Santa Marta, Colombia

Website: Playa Cristal

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9. Retreat to Taganga


A few minutes away, north of Santa Maria, lies a beautiful fishing village named Taganga, famous for its captivating white sand beach and colonial settlements. The paradise, having a direct link to the Tayrona National Natural Park, is perfect for soaking up the sun, enjoying the sunset, and exploring the marine life of the Caribbean sea. It uniquely boasts the Taganga Fault.

Taganga

Address: Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia

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10. Feed the sharks at Mundo Marino

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Willing to touch turtles, greet the Rays, and say hi to the feral sharks, yet you can’t swim? Don’t be concerned, simply hit the full-fledged aquarium, commonly known as Mundo Marino. If you want to feed the toothed mammals, visit in the afternoon at 4 pm. The knowledgeable and friendly guides are ready to provide informative to all visitors.

Mundo Marino

Address: Entre Calle 11A y Calle 10, Cra. 2, El Rodadero, Magdalena, Colombia

Website: Mundo Marino (in Spanish)

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Santa Marta is to find the real Colombian dream

There is nothing more satisfying than seeking bottomless excitement in the gem on Colombia’s coast called Santa Marta. The home of Simón Bolívar does offer a wide array of amazing attractions, from historical sites to dramatic nature. Go visit Santa Marta soon!

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I am Rofiq from East Java, Indonesia. I am passionate about exploring new places, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures. I always do solo traveling and backpacking since they are...Read more

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