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About Santa Marta

Boasting a picturesque setting on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, Santa Marta is a busy port and the capital of Magdalena Department. It was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia and is one of South America’s oldest surviving cities, serving as the gateway for trips to Tayrona National Natural Park.

Santa Maria’s city centre lies adjacent to its busy Caribbean port, with cargo ships coming and going throughout the day. The Museo del Oro is located here, with an impressive collection of pre-Columbian pottery and a scale model of Ciudad Perdida, the ancient “Lost City” which nestles in the Sierra Nevada to the south. The magnificent whitewashed Catedral Basílica de Santa Marta lies at the heart of the city centre. It is claimed to be one of Colombia’s oldest churches and beautifully adorned with religious paintings and statues. Just to the east of the city centre is La Quinta de San Pedro de Alejandrino, a 17th century hacienda which is famed as the place where Simon Bolivar died in 1830. Today it serves as a museum, with beautiful gardens and a statue of this renowned political leader. To the north of the city is the former fishing village of Taganga which is now a popular destination for scuba diving in the offshore coral reefs, while to the south is the more upmarket beach resort of El Rodadero. In the mountains to the east lies the small village of Minca which boasts impressive views of Santa Marta’s coast and provides a tranquil escape from the bustle of the city below. The biggest allure in the region is Tayrona National Natural Park which lies further north, with idyllic Caribbean beaches surrounded by lush jungle and accessed either on foot or by a horse.

Santa Maria is served by the Simon Bolivar International Airport, with flights from both Bogota and Medellin, as well as by long-distance bus from Cartagena and Barranquilla. Taxis are the main means of getting around the city and work on a fixed-price basis, while local buses serve the surrounding beach resorts.

Prior to Spanish arrival and the establishment of Santa Marta, the region was inhabited by various indigenous groups, including the Tayrona. Archaeological excavations have uncovered agricultural terraces for cultivating corn and yucca, together with underground stone channels, pottery, stonework and gold.

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Zuana Beach Resort

Zuana Beach Resort
Address
Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta
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Good, 7.9
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Boasting an outdoor pool, a Turkish steam bath and outdoor tennis courts, Zuana Beach Resort is situated in Santa Marta and provides comfortable accommodation. It also features a kids pool, water slides and a kids club.

Masaya Hostel Santa Marta

Masaya Hostel Santa Marta
Address
Centro, Santa Marta
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Fabulous, 8.7
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Masaya Hostel Santa Marta provides a comfortable setting while in Santa Marta. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception and a swimming pool.

Estelar Santamar Hotel & Centro De Convenciones

Estelar Santamar Hotel & Centro De Convenciones
Address
Santa Marta, Colombia
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Very Good, 8.2
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Boasting an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and a private beach, Estelar Santamar Hotel & Centro De Convenciones is situated in Santa Marta and provides modern accommodation. It also features a sauna and free Wi-Fi.

GHL Relax Hotel Costa Azul

GHL Relax Hotel Costa Azul
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Good, 7.4
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Located in Santa Marta, GHL Relax Hotel Costa Azul is within a 15-minute drive of Simon Bolivar International Airport and provides a Jacuzzi, an outdoor pool and a private beach. It also offers a shopping mall, a kids pool and a sauna.

Tamaca Beach Resort Hotel by Sercotel Hotels

Tamaca Beach Resort Hotel by Sercotel Hotels
Address
El Rodadero, Santa Marta
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Very Good, 8.0
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Boasting an outdoor pool, Tamaca Beach Resort Hotel by Sercotel Hotels is situated in Santa Marta and offers modern accommodation. It is ideally located for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Irotama Resort by Karisma

Irotama Resort by Karisma
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Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta
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Very Good, 8.2
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Located in Santa Marta, Irotama Resort by Karisma is within a 15-minute drive of Simon Bolivar International Airport and provides an outdoor pool, a sauna and a private beach. It offers 4-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina

Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina
Address
Centro, Santa Marta
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Superb, 9.1
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Hotel Boutique Casa Carolina offers 4-star accommodation in Santa Marta. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a kids pool and an outdoor pool.

Casa de Leda a Kali Hotel

Casa de Leda a Kali Hotel
Address
Centro, Santa Marta
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Exceptional, 9.7
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Situated in Santa Marta, Casa de Leda a Kali Hotel offers modern 5-star accommodation, as well as an indoor pool. It provides free wireless internet in public areas and is a stone's throw from Catedral de Santa Marta and other well-known attractions.

Villa Maria Tayrona a Kali Hotels

Villa Maria Tayrona a Kali Hotels
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Santa Marta, Colombia
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Superb, 9.0
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This comfortable hotel in Santa Marta offers complimentary wireless internet, as well as a private beach and an outdoor pool. It also features room service, a sun deck and a 24-hour reception.

Del Mar Hotel Santa Marta

Del Mar Hotel Santa Marta
Address
El Rodadero, Santa Marta
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Superb, 9.0
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Offering a swimming pool, Del Mar Hotel Santa Marta is situated in Santa Marta and is a short stroll from El Rodadero Beach. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

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