Decide Where To Stay in Santa Marta, Colombia: 5 Best Areas

A comprehensive pros & cons analysis of the city’s best areas to quickly and easily decide where to stay in Santa Marta.

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Should you stay in the historic center or in the modern Rodadero district? And what about that fishing village called Taganga?

Depending on the length of your stay and the activities you plan, your choice will be completely different.

I spent over a month and a half living in the different neighborhoods of Santa Marta to give you the best advice I could.

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  • My favorite area if you have an early flight the next morning.
  • A list of excellent hotels to make sure you have a good time.
  • Where to stay before hiking to the Ciudad Perdida.
  • Where should you go to have a party?
  • And more.

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Pick your area in 2 minutes

Are you in a rush? Here is a quick summary to quickly find the right Santa Marta district.

Historic center: It’s my favorite area because you’ll be near restaurants, bars, and bus terminals to get to Minca, Tayrona, and Palomino. Everything is within walking distance.

El Rodadero: This is the modern area of Santa Marta, 20 minutes from the center. You’ll find plenty of apartments close to the beach (although I’m not a fan). Colombians love staying here.

Pozos Colorados and Bello Horizontes: Upmarket districts, close to the airport but quite far from Santa Marta. This is where you’ll find the beach resorts. The beach is more pleasant here.

Taganga: A small coastal village with beautiful scenery but a beach that’s far too crowded at weekends. I don’t find the area very safe at night, but it’s a good choice for being close to the beach and for diving. Only 15 min from Santa Marta.

My favorite places to stay

Stylish Hotel
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 79 USD
  • Description:

    This cozy, charming hotel offers quality services. It is a haven of quiet in the heart of the city. There are family rooms.

Modern hostel
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 48 USD
  • Description:

    Masaya is a modern and lovely youth hostel with a rooftop and 2 small swimming pools. A shared kitchen and dormitory options (4 or 6 beds) make it an ideal option for a stay with friends.

Lovely aparthotel
  • 4.8
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 85 USD
  • Description:

    A good quality/price ratio for this modern and tastefully furnished aparthotel close to the nightlife highlights. Each apartment has an equipped kitchen. There are 2 swimming pools, one on the rooftop.

Luxury hotel
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • From 192 USD
  • Description:

    Don Pepe is a colonial-style hotel with a slightly old-fashioned charm. The rooms are spacious. The hotel has two swimming pools, one set on a pretty rooftop with a spa. Perfect for couples.

Peaceful
  • 4.7
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • From 132 USD
  • Description:

    Tastefully designed and well-maintained, this hotel, with only a few rooms, provides an intimate and relaxing ambiance. There is a lovely swimming pool and a restaurant serving a very good dinner. Ideal for a stay as a couple.

Apartments
  • 4.5
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • From 41 USD
  • Description:

    Overlooking the beach, this establishment offers comfortable flats with equipped kitchens. The design is simple but functional. It's a great option for a seaside break with family or friends (up to 8 people).

Resort
  • 4.6
  • Where:
    Bello Horizonte
  • From 230 USD
  • Description:

    This modern establishment boasts a lovely seafront location and comfortable rooms. The private beach is small but clean and pleasant. Quality food, a nice pool, and a good spa make it a good option for couples or business travelers.

Adults-only
  • 4.7
  • Where:
    Pozos Colorados
  • From 124 USD
  • Description:

    With its nice garden, private beach, lovely pool, and intimate atmosphere, this small hotel is an oasis of tranquillity for a couple's getaway. The hotel's restaurant serves good local food and great cocktails.

Stylish Hotel
4.5
Where:
Historic center
From 79 USD
Description:

This cozy, charming hotel offers quality services. It is a haven of quiet in the heart of the city. There are family rooms.

Modern hostel
4.5
Where:
Historic center
From 48 USD
Description:

Masaya is a modern and lovely youth hostel with a rooftop and 2 small swimming pools. A shared kitchen and dormitory options (4 or 6 beds) make it an ideal option for a stay with friends.

Lovely aparthotel
4.8
Where:
Historic center
From 85 USD
Description:

A good quality/price ratio for this modern and tastefully furnished aparthotel close to the nightlife highlights. Each apartment has an equipped kitchen. There are 2 swimming pools, one on the rooftop.

Luxury hotel
4.5
Where:
Historic center
From 192 USD
Description:

Don Pepe is a colonial-style hotel with a slightly old-fashioned charm. The rooms are spacious. The hotel has two swimming pools, one set on a pretty rooftop with a spa. Perfect for couples.

Peaceful
4.7
Where:
El Rodadero
From 132 USD
Description:

Tastefully designed and well-maintained, this hotel, with only a few rooms, provides an intimate and relaxing ambiance. There is a lovely swimming pool and a restaurant serving a very good dinner. Ideal for a stay as a couple.

Apartments
4.5
Where:
El Rodadero
From 41 USD
Description:

Overlooking the beach, this establishment offers comfortable flats with equipped kitchens. The design is simple but functional. It's a great option for a seaside break with family or friends (up to 8 people).

Resort
4.6
Where:
Bello Horizonte
From 230 USD
Description:

This modern establishment boasts a lovely seafront location and comfortable rooms. The private beach is small but clean and pleasant. Quality food, a nice pool, and a good spa make it a good option for couples or business travelers.

Adults-only
4.7
Where:
Pozos Colorados
From 124 USD
Description:

With its nice garden, private beach, lovely pool, and intimate atmosphere, this small hotel is an oasis of tranquillity for a couple's getaway. The hotel's restaurant serves good local food and great cocktails.

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Santa Marta’s historic center: Colonial houses and restaurants

Santa Marta, the oldest city in Colombia, founded in 1525, is better known for its beautiful historic center. This is a tourist place that gathers the main colonial buildings and museums. It’s also very close to the bay. You can take walks, see areas of interest, eat at fancy restaurants, and enjoy the nightlife.

This area features colonial streets adorned by fully renovated old houses, so just being there is like going back 400 years. The city is related to the Tairona indigenous culture and the fact that Simon Bolivar –the liberator of Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Bolivia, and Ecuador– died in the town in 1830. His place of death was Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, a museum located 5 km from the historic center.

Advantages of staying in the historic center of Santa Marta

  • The museums and places of interest are within walking distance or are very near. The shore borders the center, and you can easily access the beaches — although I don’t recommend swimming there.
  • You may visit Parque Bolivar and the Santa Marta cathedral, two must-see places in town.
  • The hotel offer is extensive, and prices are affordable, cheaper than in El Rodadero. You can also stay at luxury hotels.
  • The area still conserves the city’s architectural heritage, so you can submerge in the colonial atmosphere and get to know people during your nightlife plans.
  • Transportation and access to other parts of the city –such as El Rodadero, Taganga, and the airport– is easy.
  • Watch the sunset from the Santa Marta Marina.

Disadvantages of staying in the historic center of Santa Marta

  • I highly recommend staying in this area because it’s near the sea and there’s plenty of action at night. However, I warn you to take care if you plan to walk at night because this is not the safest place in town. It would be best if you also avoided lonely streets at night. During the day, the city is safe.

Things to do in the historic center of Santa Marta

  • You can visit museums, such as the Santa Marta Gold Museum (where you can go a bit deeper into the Tairona culture), casa de la Aduana, the International Marina (with standards similar to those in Monaco), and the Cathedral, as well as monuments, for instance, the one dedicated to the city founder, Rodrigo de Bastidas.
  • You may also want to wait and see the beautiful sunsets from the beach, near the historic center.
  • Carrera 3 is a small, narrow pedestrian street full of cafes and restaurants that you can enjoy.
  • Parque Simon Bolivar (the town’s main square) and Parque de Los Novios are great places for walking.

Best Santa Marta hotels in the historic center

Best hotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • 4.5
  • From 79 USD
  • Pros:
    • Lovely rooms and great breakfast
    • Gorgeous Courtyard with pool
  • Cons:
    • Street a bit durty and sketchy
Best hostel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • 4.6
  • From 48 USD
  • Pros:
    • Great rooftop with pool and friendly vibe
    • Plenty of relaxing areas
  • Cons:
    • Some dormitories are dark and noisy (close to the street and reception)
Best aparthotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • 4.8
  • From 85 USD
  • Pros:
    • Air conditioning & soundproofing
    • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Cons:
    • No breakfast
Best luxury hotel
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • 4.5
  • From 192 USD
  • Pros:
    • Excellent location (2 steps from center and beach)
    • Breakfast included and good restaurant
  • Cons:
    • The rooms of the ground floor are dark
Best apartments
  • Where:
    Historic center
  • 4.7
  • From 116 USD
  • Pros:
    • Close to restaurants & supermarkets
    • Beautiful flats with superb views
  • Cons:
    • No shade on the pool area (opens at 10 am)
Best hotel
Where:
Historic center
4.5
From 79 USD
Pros:
  • Lovely rooms and great breakfast
  • Gorgeous Courtyard with pool
Cons:
  • Street a bit durty and sketchy
Best hostel
Where:
Historic center
4.6
From 48 USD
Pros:
  • Great rooftop with pool and friendly vibe
  • Plenty of relaxing areas
Cons:
  • Some dormitories are dark and noisy (close to the street and reception)
Best aparthotel
Where:
Historic center
4.8
From 85 USD
Pros:
  • Air conditioning & soundproofing
  • Friendly and helpful staff
Cons:
  • No breakfast
Best luxury hotel
Where:
Historic center
4.5
From 192 USD
Pros:
  • Excellent location (2 steps from center and beach)
  • Breakfast included and good restaurant
Cons:
  • The rooms of the ground floor are dark
Best apartments
Where:
Historic center
4.7
From 116 USD
Pros:
  • Close to restaurants & supermarkets
  • Beautiful flats with superb views
Cons:
  • No shade on the pool area (opens at 10 am)

My opinion: This is my favorite area because everything is within walking distance (restaurants, cultural highlights, and bus terminals), and it’s the ideal place to find a hotel with colonial charm at a reasonable price.

El Rodadero: the modern beach area in Santa Marta

El Rodadero is an area similar to Miami’s South Beach or Mexico’s Cancun that consists of a long beach full of hotels of different prices and levels of luxury, palm trees, and sand. All this stands between the ocean and the foothill of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta.

This place is located 5 km south of the historic center and just 15 minutes away from the airport, which is also located on the shore, south of El Rodadero.

This city within the city has become a very touristic and commercial area, full of restaurants, shops, cafes, bars, and plenty of nightlife to offer. El Rodadero is also ideal for business travelers. If you plan to stay during your “workation” experience, you’ll have all the services, facilities, and fast Internet connection of a modern city.

Advantages of staying in El Rodadero, Santa Marta

  • The gastronomic offer is abundant.
  • It is the place to go if you want to party at night.
  • It is a relatively safe area, although you should take some precautions, like in any city in the world.
  • You have direct access to the beach. One piece of advice: always ask for prices before buying anything on the beach (beers, refreshments, shrimp cocktails, etc.)

Disadvantages of staying in El Rodadero, Santa Marta

  • It’s not the place for peace and quiet. It can get very noisy at night.
  • There are too many vendors, mainly on El Rodadero beach, so you must be careful not to embark on goods or services (such as massages or braids) that you don’t want.

Things to do in El Rodadero, Santa Marta

  • Walking along the beach while having a drink is a good plan.
  • Plenty of water sports, such as kayaking, scuba diving, and kitesurfing, are available.
  • Nightlife and parties are everywhere almost every day… and night!
  • You can take a boat trip around the bay.
  • You may also see a manatee, sea turtles, dolphins, and sea lions at the Acuario y Museo del Mar. This aquarium is an advocate of marine conservation.

Best Santa Marta hotels in El Rodadero

Best hotel
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • 4.4
  • From 64 USD
  • Pros:
    • Very good location
    • Good breakfast included
  • Cons:
    • Rooms a bit small
Best boutique hotel
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • 4.7
  • From 132 USD
  • Pros:
    • Cosy and peaceful atmosphere
    • Good breakfast included and excellent staff
  • Cons:
    • There is a road to cross to get to the beach (10 mins walk)
Best budget hotel
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • 4.5
  • From 34 USD
  • Pros:
    • Cosy atmosphere
    • Simple but functional rooms with terrace opening on a garden
  • Cons:
    • The rooms are a bit hot (no A/C)
Best family Aparts
  • Where:
    El Rodadero
  • 4.6
  • From 41 USD
Best hotel
Where:
El Rodadero
4.4
From 64 USD
Pros:
  • Very good location
  • Good breakfast included
Cons:
  • Rooms a bit small
Best boutique hotel
Where:
El Rodadero
4.7
From 132 USD
Pros:
  • Cosy and peaceful atmosphere
  • Good breakfast included and excellent staff
Cons:
  • There is a road to cross to get to the beach (10 mins walk)
Best budget hotel
Where:
El Rodadero
4.5
From 34 USD
Pros:
  • Cosy atmosphere
  • Simple but functional rooms with terrace opening on a garden
Cons:
  • The rooms are a bit hot (no A/C)
Best family Aparts
Where:
El Rodadero
4.6
From 41 USD
Pros:
  • Great value for money
  • Seafront location
Cons:
  • Noisy street & no pool

My opinion: I’m not a big fan of this modern Santa Marta, which is rather noisy and mainly popular with groups of friends looking for some happy, relaxing holidays. 

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Bello Horizonte: Quiet beaches for families

The Bello Horizonte beach stands between the airport and El Rodadero, and it’s part of a classy neighborhood that features several luxury hotels with outdoor swimming pools.

This place is ideal for tourists or business travelers who want to escape the noise of areas such as El Rodadero without sacrificing beaches, nice restaurants, bars, and cafes— although there are not as many as in the former.

This place hosts Hotel Irotama, one of the most well-known and traditional in Santa Marta, and the Mercure Santa Marta Emile. The neighborhood is also the safest in town.

Advantages of staying in Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta

  • It’s close to the airport (between 5 and 10 minutes away).
  • It has free access to the beach, which is kept cleaner than in Santa Marta and El Rodadero.
  • It’s a very safe neighborhood.
  • It is quiet, with not as many vendors as on other beaches.

Disadvantages of staying in Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta

  • The gastronomic offer is more limited than that in El Rodadero or the historic center of Santa Marta.
  • Accommodation tends to be more expensive, on average, than in other city areas.

Things to do in Bello Horizonte, Santa Marta

  • Watching the sunset while having a beer or a cocktail is a must.
  • You may rent a jet ski to enjoy the place rarely crowded with boats or other jet skis.
  • It’s possible to stay in a cabin at Mamancana natural reserve, a privately owned area that offers rustic luxury accommodation and high cuisine for couples, families, or corporate events.

Best Santa Marta hotels in Bello Horizonte

Best resort
  • Where:
    Bello Horizonte
  • 4.6
  • From 230 USD
  • Pros:
    • Beautiful sea view with superb sunsets
    • Very professional and friendly staff
  • Cons:
    • You can sometimes hear the planes flying by
Best Apartment
  • Where:
    Bello Horizonte
  • 4.6
  • From 113 USD
  • Pros:
    • Good location with swimming pools
    • Comfortable and high capacity flats
  • Cons:
    • Lack of equipment sometimes
Best budget hotel
  • Where:
    Bello Horizonte
  • 4.5
  • From 25 USD
Best resort
Where:
Bello Horizonte
4.6
From 230 USD
Pros:
  • Beautiful sea view with superb sunsets
  • Very professional and friendly staff
Cons:
  • You can sometimes hear the planes flying by
Best Apartment
Where:
Bello Horizonte
4.6
From 113 USD
Pros:
  • Good location with swimming pools
  • Comfortable and high capacity flats
Cons:
  • Lack of equipment sometimes
Best budget hotel
Where:
Bello Horizonte
4.5
From 25 USD
Pros:
  • Great hospitality and good food
  • Quiet & nice garden
Cons:
  • Access road a little tricky

My opinion: Quieter than El Rodadero, it’s the ideal place to relax with the family on a pleasant beach or by a lovely pool. However, the nice hotels are more expensive.

Pozos Colorados: An exclusive, quiet, and safe area

This neighborhood includes Plenomar, Aeromar, and Bello Horizonte. It sits 3 km south of El Rodadero. It started to pick up as a tourist destination thanks to the oil company Ecopetrol which built one of its venues there.

It’s well-known for its beautiful beaches and water sports, and because it has become where many all-inclusive hotels are located, it is ideal for family stays. Pozos Colorados is a safe place.

The sea in the area of Aeromar also features tall waves, which are ideal for surfers. The beaches at Pozos Colorados extend between headlands Punta Gloria and Punta Brava.

Advantages of staying in Pozos Colorados, Santa Marta

  • It is a quiet and safe area.
  • It’s located very near the airport.
  • Ideal for family and business trips.

Disadvantages of staying in Pozos Colorados, Santa Marta

  • You need a car to move around since public transportation is scarce.
  • The area doesn’t offer many restaurants and bars, and the few existing ones open late in the morning and close at around 6 p.m.
  • Also, should you need to do some shopping, the only nearby mall is Zazue Plaza, and you need a car to get there.

Things to do in Pozos Colorados, Santa Marta

  • You can enjoy Playa Cabo Tortuga, one of the best beaches in Santa Marta.
  • The place is meant for relaxation and quiet, so reading a book, walking along the beach, or watching the sunset will suffice.

Best Santa Marta hotels in Pozos Colorados

Best boutique hotel
  • Where:
    Pozos Colorados
  • 4.7
  • From 124 USD
  • Pros:
    • Quiet location on the beach
    • Excellent breakfast included
  • Cons:
    • Not much to do in the area
Best apartments
  • Where:
    Pozos Colorados
  • 4.6
  • From 140 USD
  • Pros:
    • Nice location on the beach & comfort
    • Lovely pool area & kids-friendly
  • Cons:
    • The complex is so huge that you get a bit lost
Best hotel
  • Where:
    Pozos Colorados
  • 4.5
  • From 48 USD
  • Pros:
    • Rooms and dormitories with breakfast included
    • Nice beach, good food and friendly vibe
  • Cons:
    • There are mosquitoes
Best boutique hotel
Where:
Pozos Colorados
4.7
From 124 USD
Pros:
  • Quiet location on the beach
  • Excellent breakfast included
Cons:
  • Not much to do in the area
Best apartments
Where:
Pozos Colorados
4.6
From 140 USD
Pros:
  • Nice location on the beach & comfort
  • Lovely pool area & kids-friendly
Cons:
  • The complex is so huge that you get a bit lost
Best hotel
Where:
Pozos Colorados
4.5
From 48 USD
Pros:
  • Rooms and dormitories with breakfast included
  • Nice beach, good food and friendly vibe
Cons:
  • There are mosquitoes

My opinion: This is the chic area of Santa Marta. Close to the airport, the atmosphere is peaceful. Here, you’ll find the best beaches, all-inclusive resorts, and all kinds of water sports to practice.

Taganga: Scuba diving, budget lodging, and relaxation

Taganga
Credit: Rufus.Kahler

This district includes the fishers’ village of Taganga, a place inhabited by merely 3,000 people, located 7 km north of downtown Santa Marta.

Taganga is a beautiful bay with tranquil waters where you can practice water sports. Its beaches, such as Playa Grande or other private-like beaches ideal for romantic plans, are better than Santa Marta or El Rodadero. The best beaches in the area are in Tayrona National Park.

Taganga offers scuba diving courses and certificates, and staying there is not as expensive as in Santa Marta. The food options are broad, for many restaurants and bars are run by foreign people who decided to stay. Despite a fairly active nightlife, it is far less noisy than El Rodadero.

Advantages of staying in Taganga

  • It offers a variety of affordable accommodation options.
  • It presents a relaxed and quiet atmosphere, more for people who enjoy a conversation than just partying.
  • It’s a great place to learn and practice water sports.

Disadvantages of staying in Taganga

  • It is not a safe place to hang around at night.
  • I don’t recommend partying in Santa Marta until late and then going to your hotel in Taganga because of the distance and having to hire a taxi.

Things to do in Taganga

  • Learning and practicing scuba diving and snorkeling. And getting a certificate for it!!!
  • Watching the sunset from the Babaganoush bar is a great experience. The bar overlooks the bay from above the village.
  • Hiring a boat to take you to any of the several nearby ‘private’ beaches if you’re in a romantic plan.

Best hotels in Taganga

Best hostel
  • Where:
    Taganga
  • 4.4
  • From 38 USD
Best hostel
  • Where:
    Taganga
  • 4.6
  • From 39 USD
  • Pros:
    • Comfy beds & beautiful views of Taganga
    • Friendly & great value breakfast
  • Cons:
    • The access path is very steep
Best aparthotel
  • Where:
    Taganga
  • 4.6
  • From 56 USD
  • Pros:
    • Great location on the beach close to the diving club
    • Comfortable accommodation with fully equipped kitchens
  • Cons:
    • No hot water and can be noisy at night
Best budget Hotel
  • Where:
    Taganga
  • 4.6
  • From 43 USD
  • Pros:
    • Cosy and friendly - attentive hosts
    • Great rooftop with lovely sea and beach views
  • Cons:
    • Good breakfast but not copious enough
Best hostel
Where:
Taganga
4.4
From 38 USD
Pros:
  • Cosy and comfy with a good breakfast
  • Rooms of 4 & lovely pool
Cons:
  • The area is not very well lit
Best hostel
Where:
Taganga
4.6
From 39 USD
Pros:
  • Comfy beds & beautiful views of Taganga
  • Friendly & great value breakfast
Cons:
  • The access path is very steep
Best aparthotel
Where:
Taganga
4.6
From 56 USD
Pros:
  • Great location on the beach close to the diving club
  • Comfortable accommodation with fully equipped kitchens
Cons:
  • No hot water and can be noisy at night
Best budget Hotel
Where:
Taganga
4.6
From 43 USD
Pros:
  • Cosy and friendly - attentive hosts
  • Great rooftop with lovely sea and beach views
Cons:
  • Good breakfast but not copious enough

My opinion: If I want to go diving with professionals, I choose Taganga’s relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. It’s also the perfect place to find budget accommodation, not too far from the beach.

Decide where to stay in Santa Marta, Colombia

Depending on the stay you want to enjoy, there will be neighborhoods in Santa Marta that are more appropriate.

You should read our analysis of the best hotels in Santa Marta.

Where to stay in Santa Marta for a bachelor party

El Rodadero and the historic city center offer the most options for this kind of wild party, which include bars, swimming pools, and restaurants.

Where to stay in Santa Marta for partying and meeting people

Places like La Brisa Loca specialize in parties on the rooftop; this hotel bar is located in the historic center and operates in a 100-year-old house. Another option to meet people and have fun is the discos in El Rodadero.

The Masaya hostel is conveniently located about 400 meters from the beach and features a swimming pool and a bar on the rooftop, ideal for parties.

Where to stay in Santa Marta for water activities

The village of Taganga is ideal for diving and snorkeling. There are several schools where you can learn to dive and obtain a certificate. Besides, Taganga offers beautiful and –still– colorful coral reefs where you can appreciate the marine life typical of these waters.

For keen surfers, Aeromar features tall waves. You can also rent jet skis in Bello Horizonte.

Where is the best Santa Marta beach area

All the places in Santa Marta offer beaches. However, you should take into account that, for example, beaches in El Rodadero don’t have white sand, and they can be very crowded, especially on weekends and during high season (mid-year and end of the year).

👉 Read our analysis of the best beach resorts in Santa Marta.

But you can go to Pozos Colorados, where the beaches are sandy and white. There, you won’t find street vendors or big crowds. They are also safe for you and your family or friends.

Taganga has a lovely beach surrounded by hills, and you can easily access Tayrona beaches by boat.

Where are the safest Santa Marta Districts

Without a doubt, Pozos Colorados and Bello Horizonte are the safest beaches in the area of Santa Marta. They are located in exclusive neighborhoods where authorities take care of visitors and tourists in a more dedicated fashion.

These areas offer nice hotels and don’t have the busy nightlife of places such as the historic center and El Rodadero, and for this reason, you can also feel safer.

Where to stay in Santa Marta if you plan to visit Tayrona National Park

I recommend staying at the hotels at the park entrance so that you can start hiking early in the park. We offer you a list of the best 10 hotels and hostels next to Tayrona park.

If you can’t stay at any of those hotels the night before, it’s best to spend the night somewhere in the historical center, given the public transportation options and its closest location to the park.

Where to stay in Santa Marta if you plan to go to Ciudad Perdida

All plans to visit Ciudad Perdida (or the Lost City), north of Parque Tayrona, are booked ahead of time and include pick up and transportation from Santa Marta. The agencies are located in the historic center, and you’ll have to arrive at least the night before the tour.

Hotel Boutique Casa CarolinaHotel Boutique Don Pepe, and Placita Vieja Hotel (cool rooftop pool) are a few good options to renew your energies before and after the Ciudad Perdida Trek.

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Where to stay in Santa Marta to be near the airport

Pozos Colorados and Bello Horizonte are near the Simón Bolívar national airport, just a 10-minute drive. Additionally, these areas offer great hotels, restaurants, and a few bars, which make it perfect for the business traveler who doesn’t want to stay too far from the air terminal.

Casa Verano and Hostal Playa del Ritmo offer excellent infrastructure for work and leisure, with the sandy beach just in the courtyard.

Where to stay in Santa Marta if you’re a first-time visitor

The ideal hotel should be located in the historic center because it offers easy, walking-distance access to the monuments, museums, beaches, and other places of interest.

Also, because the nightlife in the center is busy, you can meet other visitors and absorb the overall feeling of the culture in beautiful Santa Marta.

Bottom Line: Where to stay in Santa Marta

Most travelers visit Santa Marta to discover the Sierra Nevada and its surroundings. The historical center area will be ideal for resting and eating well. If you want to take advantage of the low diving prices, then the relaxed atmosphere on the beach in Taganga should suit you. Finally, travelers who only want to spend a few days on the beach in a modern and comfortable hotel should choose between El Rodadero and Pozos Colorados.

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