One of the great things is there no shortage of things to do in Santa Marta. Take a boat trip from El Rodadero or the Marina de Santa Marta and visit some of the many amazing beaches along the exquisite Caribbean shoreline. Or how about a diving trip out from Taganga bay. For something a little less nautical head to Minca and spend the day visiting idyllic waterfalls and coffee farms. And for the more adventurous you could always learn how to survive solo in the jungle using only your wits and a machete, or head out for 4 day trek to the lost city!
Welcome to the best restaurants and bars in Santa Marta, Colombia!
Recently voted as the number 20 destination in South America by trip advisor members and highlighted as the second most important city on the Colombian coast by Lonely Planet, Santa Marta is a city that’s growing rapidly, so it’s no wonder there are hundreds of restaurants & bars to choose from. To make things easier we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, and what we consider to be some of the best restaurants and bars in Santa Marta.
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…
Set in the beautiful Marina de Santa Marta overlooking the calm Caribbean ocean and just a 5 minute walk from the historic center, Coco…
Lavinia is a stylish & sophisticated cocktail bar, located a short walk from Parque de los Novios on the busy pedestrian street; Calle 19.…
Specialising in gourmet arepas, wraps, ceviches, and fresh natural juices Lulo is a cute little restaurant that has deservedly gained an excellent reputation for…
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…
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…
Tayrona National Park
One the most unspoiled natural parks in Colombia, Tayrona National Park lies an hours drive to the north east of Santa Marta and unfolds it’s treasures like a natural Vivaldi symphony. Dense lush jungle and palm tree lagoons lead to beach after beach of golden sands, nestled among rocky alcoves, overlooking transparent turquoise waters. Backed by the cheeky chorus of Capuchin monkeys. Another way to describe it might just be paradise.
Discover la Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of Colombia and meet Wiwa and Kougi indigenous tribes people on a 4-5 day jungle trek of a lifetime.
It’s always hard to write about something that so many before you have written about. Especially when trying to do a synopsis. What story can you tell about Ciudad Perdida, the Lost City of Colombia that hasn’t already been told? But then that’s the great thing about the Lost City trek, you write your own story.
Unlike the clinical Machu Pichu, which over indulgent capitalism has now destroyed. Turning one the most important archeological locations in the world into an over-priced fairground attraction, where you are herded through turnstiles by the thousands daily. Ciudad Perdida still stands exactly as it did when it was built around 800 CE, (roughly 650 years earlier than Machu Pichu). There’s no cute Agatha Christie train ride to the bottom of the mountain, or Aguas Calientes at the end of your 45 minute walk. It’s a 4-5 day round trek in and out of proper, real, commando-style jungle. Following the path of the indigenous Wiwa and Kogi people, decendants of the Tairona, who have lived here since the 1st century CE.
Santa Marta Diving is famous for being one of the cheapest places to learn in the world. It has clear blue waters (when the rains are not too hard) and an array of great diving locations all around Parque Tayrona. The perfect place to practice your dive skills and get to know the local sea-life. It was here when I first arrived in Santa Marta 3 years ago that I was introduced to Cata and Sebastian who run the small but extremely professional Deep Coral Diving and with whom I gained my open water diving certificate, opening (no pun intended) a window to a completely new underwater world.
Leaving daily from the Marina de Santa Marta, the Samoa boat trip is a great way to explore some of the stunning beaches in Tayrona Park.Next The boat heads out early in the morning and takes you to between 3 and 4 exquisite locations, some exclusively accessible by sea.
With a very professional captain, the boat is complete with all safety equipment. Soft drinks and water are available on board, and at the captain’s discretion you can also stock up on beers. Additionally a fresh fish lunch is available at a cost of $25,000 pesos.
If you want to discover some pristine quieter playas and get away from the hustle and bustle of some of the more populated Tayrona beaches then this is the boat trip for you. Tickets cost £150,000 COP per person (roughly £50 U.S) or if you have a big enough group you can book the entire boat for your own private tour!
To find out more and book your tickets click here.
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.
They say a picture tells a thousand words, which probably means i should stop talking now. As you will see from the photos Cayena Beach Villa is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to creating a 5 star experience in their luxury boutique beach hotel.
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.
Overlooking El Rodadero in Santa Marta, with views all the way to the sea and a backdrop of lush green cactus-filled hills, Villa Escobar is one of the most unique villas in all of Santa Marta.