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Sitting in giant hammocks overlooking the jungle canopy with a spectacular view all the way to Santa Marta, Casa Elemento was was one of the first hostels I visited when arriving in Santa Marta. “You’ve gotta go to the place with the world’s largest hammock!” Marco, a friend had told me. Now 3 years and a bit later the home of the giant hammocks is one of the most famous hostels in Colombia, if not the world, and deservedly so.

Centered in the heart of La Finca Victoria, a 125 year old coffee plantation Casa Viejas (Old House) is ironically the new kid on the block in terms of hostels in Minca. Less than a year old the young french owners have transformed the old house into a new and modern, high-end hostel (without the prices to match).

Consistently rated as one of the top Hostels in Santa Marta Calle 11 Hostel is located in el Rodadero, a nice beach front suburb just over the hill from the centre of Santa Marta. A beautiful converted mansion, to which the owners have brought their unique European style, favouring a minimal, clean design throughout, with pristine dormitories & private rooms. The hostel offers a sense of space and a relaxed vibe, nicely complimented with their preferred choice of chilled and funky electronic music.

One of the most popular hostels in the area (and also one of the best) Costeño Beach is renowned for it’s breathtaking beauty, great service, and of course it’s excellent surf lessons. The first ever surf hostel in Tayrona, Costeño Beach offers the perfect balance of relaxed beach vibes, good food & drinks, and nice social evenings.