Santa Marta is the capital of Magdalena–the fourth largest urban region in Colombia. It was first founded in 1525 by the Spanish, and is actually the oldest surviving city in Colombia and second oldest in all of South America! Santa Marta is located right on the Caribbean Sea (the part of the sea that borders Santa Marta is actually called Santa Marta Bay). Santa Marta is known to be a beautiful waterfront city and attracts thousands of tourists each year–tourism is actually one of the primary components of their economy–and the city never disappoints. You can eat authentic Caribbean and Spanish food while exploring the historic city center or enjoy the sea breeze while lounging on the beach. Whatever you’re hoping this vacation will be, Santa Marta will not fail to deliver. So what are you waiting for? Check out this list of fantastic Airbnb vacation rentals so you can experience Santa Marta like a local and get this adventure started!
First on our list here is a conveniently located apartment in the heart of the town center. Not only does the apartment offer great views, but you will always be close to art and cultural points of interest, the beach, parks, and plenty of restaurants. The apartment is on the third floor of a new building in stratum 6 in the historic center of Santa Marta. The apartment has a full living room, American-style kitchen, 1 bedroom, and 1 bathroom. There is also lots of natural light coming in from the windows, access to the 4 (yes 4) pools in the building (2 on the ground floor, 2 on the top floor), and views of the Cathedral of Santa Marta from the top floor pools! This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 4 guests.
Apartamento en el corazón del Centro HistoricoSanta Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Top guest reviewsfor me wifi and a/c are very important and both work wonderful herethe building has 2 roof top pools with amazing viewswe loved our stay (and the many pools )the apartment complex is also great: safe with 4 clean pools and an amazing viewour stay was amazing highly recommend the best part was definitely the rooftop pool with incredible viewsvery clean and great local tipsi loved it very clean super accommodating and great communicationlovely place clean cosy and spaciousapartment is very nicely decorated and cleanthe apartment is stylish modern and very clean
Host:she was beyond helpfulthe host is great at responding quickly to issues and questionsthe security personnel was very helpful and kindperfect host very helpfulsecurity and front desk staff were very nice and helpfulRead more reviewsgreat location quiet but centrallocation is excellent close to everythingthe location is perfectthe building is located in a perfect locationthe apartment is good located at both city central and beach
Here’s another penthouse suite for you to enjoy. Your private room in this penthouse is in the Santa Rita building with amazing views of the historic city center, marina, and ocean. You are also just 200 meters (656 ft) from the marina, so can always head over to catch some sun or enjoy the local markets around the area. The private room itself consists of 1 bedroom with 1 bed, a private bathroom, and full access to almost the entire home. You can also relax on the top floor balcony to soak in the views! This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 1 guest.
Habitación de privada en el centro de Santa MartaSanta Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Top guest reviewsthe wifi was very good and mswifi worked great and the fan was effectivevery comfortable home a beautiful view and beautiful familynice (website hidden by airbnb) a/c so it can be hotthe ph is beautiful organized and completely cleanthe apartment was in a great location and was super clean and cozy
Host:ines was a wonderful host kind gentle and very open mindedines is a very kind and thoughtful hostines was a great host and i’d definitely recommend her placethe best of all is it's host inesshe and her family were very hospitable and helped at every opportunityRead more reviewswell located tourists attractions are in walking distancethe location is perfect right near all the nightlifethis is a great location close to the action in townclose to downtown area highly recommendi loved the location right next to the old colonial core of santa marta
Beach lovers, this is for you! Well actually, the private room in this apartment is great for everyone because it’s super close to the Santa Marta city center and the port and beach bay. You’re also just a couple of blocks from the cathedral, museums, and parks. The room itself is very relaxing and has 1 bedroom with 2 beds, a private bathroom, and even includes a daily breakfast (although note that the kitchen is not available for use, so it’s more like a hotel stay). This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 2 guests.
Spacious and comfortable room 50 mt from the seaSanta Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Top guest reviewsa/c was great during hot nighti really appreciated the breakfast prepared by arnaldovery clean and spacious roomnice and clean hostel managed by the sweetest couple
Host:they were very friendly hosts and the pizza was yummyarnaldo and his wife were very friendly hostshosts are great they offer an excellent service with local informationthey provided a safe and family friendly accommodationalfonso is a great host and also willing to help if you have any kinds of probems or questionsRead more reviewsgood location easy to walk to everythingideally located close to the beach and public transportationgreat location to stay in walking distance from the beach for a cheap pricevery close to lively central beach that has amazing sunsetswe loved how close to the beach and public transportation close by
For another hotel-like stay, you should check out this Airbnb loft in a luxurious boutique hotel. The loft is spacious and bright with high ceilings, 1 bedroom with 1 king sized bed, 1 private bathroom, a kitchen with bar, and plenty of living space. Since it is part of a boutique hotel, you also have hotel amenities like modern finishes, a swimming pool, hot tub with views of Santa Marta, 4 social areas, and a very efficient staff. If you’re traveling with a large party, you can even rent more than 1 loft space–they actually have 8 luxury suites available. This particular Airbnb loft can accommodate 2 guests, but the entire hotel can accommodate up to 16 guests.
El Cactus Apartamentos (Suite Junior)Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Top guest reviewswe loved the amenities such as the pools and lounge areasthe room also included a closet and a safecheck out the multiple pools and beautiful rooftopthe pools were cool but perfect in the hot santa marta sungreat rooftop pool and breakfast area with perfect sunset viewroom was big cleanthe room was very big clean and modernit was clean and very refreshingit was very spacious clean and comfortablebeautiful clean hotel in the center of santa marta
Host:the staff was warm and friendlynice staff very helpful and cordialexcellent front office staff (especially leslie)the staff was all very nice as wellthehe staff supported us a lot and was very friendlyRead more reviewsbeautifully furnished place in a great locationsuper close to all of the restaurants but just far away enough from all of the noisea short walk to the main strip which is just perfect as it’s not too loudgreat place to stay in santa martavery nice clean place centrally located in santa marta
Now let’s check out this private room in a penthouse in the center of town. The penthouse apartment is just 2 minutes from the beach and restaurants, so you don’t really have to worry about transportation ever! Your room includes 1 bedroom with 2 available beds, a private bathroom, and private balcony. You also have complete access to the Jacuzzi, private terrace, living area, 2 pools (a rooftop pool and 1 at the entrance), and more. The hosts are also extremely helpful and are more than willing to show you around the area or provide you with recommendations. This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 2 guests.
Private room in penthouse in the center
Here, we have a hostel-like rental. Your rental here includes a completely private bedroom with 2 beds in a boutique hostel in the heart of Santa Marta. While the bathrooms are shared, there are 7 of them to choose from, so odds are you’ll never really have to wait. And this hostel is excellently located as it is walking distance from a lot of the restaurant and bars in Santa Marta plus has its own rooftop bar and restaurant with views of the colonial neighborhood. There are also a lot of comfy social spaces, whether you want to take a dip in the pool, lounge on a comfy chair, or grab a tropical drink with a friend. This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 4 guests.
La Sierra Hostel Santa Marta Room 7
This stunning studio apartment also has a great location–in the center of the Old City in Plaza Los Novios close to a plethora of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. This studio just oozes luxury with its private Jacuzzi and private infinity pool, so you and your party can lounge around in the water at all of hours the day you are not exploring the city! The studio has 1 bed, 1 bathroom, full American-style kitchen, and living area. This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 3 guests.
Stunning Studio w/ Private Jacuzzi and PoolSanta Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Whether you’re just looking for a place to crash for a night or a temporary but long-term housing situation, than this Airbnb would be great! This apartment is newly remodeled but still shows the traditional old city colonial charm. There are 4 bedrooms available for rent (each with a 2 person capacity), private bathrooms attached to each, and then full access to the pool, kitchen, spacious living areas, rooftop terrace, and more. This Airbnb can accommodate anywhere from 1 guest to 6 guests (just remember, 2 per room)!
Great Bedroom with Private Bathroom 3Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Here we have a luxurious studio apartment in the center of the old city in Plaza Los Novios. This studio has 1 bed and 1 bathroom. There is also a spacious living area with modern finishes and beautiful floor to ceiling windows that help you bring the amazing outdoors of Colombia in to you. This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate 3 guests.
Charming Studio in Parque Los Novios with PoolSanta Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Ugh, just look at this villa–it is truly stunning! The villa is designed with an open floor plan with 3 floors, 4 double rooms (3 of which are for rent), amazing balconies overlooking El Rodadera and the sea, a private swimming pool, and a Jacuzzi. Staying here will also give you access to the full kitchen, open plan living and dining room, laundry, all outdoor areas, and more. You can rent just 1 room if you are traveling alone or with just 1 other person or up to 3 rooms if you have a larger party. If you do choose to stay here, you will also have great access into the Santa Marta (just 10 minutes away), a 5-minute walk to Arecife, a 10-minute walk to the beach, and a 10-minute walk to all the major restaurants, shopping, and entertainment of Rodadero. The hosts here are also extremely helpful, and are more than willing to aid you in planning your vacation in Colombia whether that includes just staying in Rodadero, or venturing out to Parque Tayrona, Minca, and the Lost City. If there is anything you are hoping to have during your stay or experience while in Colombia, the hosts are more than happy to help you make it happen! This Airbnb can comfortably accommodate between 2 and 6 guests (2 per room).
Private Room #1 - Beautiful Villa in Santa Marta.Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
Top guest reviewslove the pool with the views the hammock and deck areai enjoyed the view from the poolbed was comfortable good a/c and wifithe room looked out over the ocean and had spectacular views of the city and its stunning sunsetsa stunning villa pool with great views and stellar peoplecommunication was top notch and the villa is absolutely beautiful clean and accommodatingtheir place was very clean and the view of the ocean was prettymy room was beautifully decorated spacious and clean with a private bathroomeverything was exceptionally clean and felt very safe - we walked and took short cabs everywheregreat place clean and host is most helpful
Host:dylan was an amazing hostdylan and wendy were wonderful hostsdylan and wendy were amazing hostsgreat host and a beautiful placedylan is a fantastic host with a super villaRead more reviewsgreat location just a 5 minute walk to rodadero beachvery good location in el rodaderothe house is really amazing it's situated in a great location (easy to walk to the beach shops restaurants etc5min walk to a great supermarket (olympia)my friend and i stayed two nights and walk to el rodadero (about 8 min walk) feeling safe
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Are you ready to enjoy the beaches and restaurants of Santa Marta? If so, then be sure to book one of these great Airbnbs so you can get your adventure started!
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