El Centro Historico


Welcome to Santa Marta, Colombia! The new jewel of the the Caribbean coast. The oldest colonial city in South America and home to “El Libertador” Simon Bolivar during his last days.

Surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches, jungles and deserts in the world and host to the highest coastal mountain range on earth, Santa Marta is the perfect base to explore the diverse natural beauty and historical treasures the area has to offer.

From Tayrona National park to the Lost City, la Catedral de Santa Marta to la Quinta de San Pedro and el centro histórico with it’s buzzing nightlife, excellent selection of bars and restaurants and some of the best hotels and hostels in Colombia, there is always something new and exciting to discover.

So enjoy our beautiful city and your guide to The Best of Santa Marta. As the saying goes; “The only risk is wanting to stay.”

From the moment you enter Casa Carolina you will immediately see the high standard you can expect from your stay here. David and his Wife Vanessa have lovingly restored the old colonial house from the ground up (a fact they proudly display in a mini photo gallery in the hotel restaurant), and have spent the last 3 years getting every little detail just right, creating the perfect blend of modern comfort and historical culture.

One of our favourite restaurants in Santa Marta, Ouzo was one of the first to open it’s doors in the newly renovated Parque de Los Novios in the historic centre of Santa Marta in 2011, with head chef Michael McMurdo working tirelessly to create what many consider to be one of the finest restaurants in Santa Marta.  Originally from the United States, Michael cut his teeth at the award winning restaurant; The Gamekeeper in North Carolina before moving to New York city to work at the 1-Star Michelin restaurant; Anthos.

Lavinia is a stylish & sophisticated cocktail bar, located a short walk from Parque de los Novios on the busy pedestrian street; Calle 19. With cleverly inspired Colombian cocktails featuring local fruits and a mixture of sharing tapas plates to accompany your cool bebidas.

Located in the colonial dining room of the luxurious boutique hotel Casa Carolina on calle 12, Eli’s restaurant is one of those surprising hidden gems you might not expect to find in Santa Marta. With an expansive “international menu” created by head chef Decireth Castilla and British owner David Schickler, the restaurant has three different dining areas to choose from (poolside, the larger dining room, and their romantic 2nd floor balcony).

It might be a little bit on the extravagant side price-wise but it’s definitely worth every every penny, and the quality and freshness of the food always shines through here. Personal favourites include; Tuna Sashimi, marinaded in Ponzu sauce with hummus and avocado wasabi, Tomato Gazpacho, and possibly the best traditional British fish and chips in town.

Eli's Restaurant Tuna Sashimi with hummus and avocado wasabi
Eli’s Restaurant Tuna Sashimi with hummus and avocado wasabi
Eli’s Restaurant: Hotel boutique Casa Carolina, Centro Histórico, Cl 12 #3-40
Tel: (5) 423 3354 – www.hotelcasacarolina.com/santa-marta/dining

A Deriva is a recently opened french-styled bistro restaurant just off Parque de los Novios on calle 19. Originally located in the small neighboring town of Taganga, by popular demand it moved to it’s new home in El Centro about a year ago and has an interesting mix of French, Asian and European inspired dishes on the menu.